Monday, June 30, 2008
Information received from Georgia of Chirimoyo:
Last Thursday morning, June 26th, Georgia launched a plan for regular birding events in the Pátzcuaro, Michoacán area. These birding events will explore a wide variety of locations, such as Pátzcuaro, Morelia, Zirahuén, Tacámbaro, Uruapan, Quiroga, and Erongarícuaro-Yotatiro-Zamora. They are free and open to the public. Anyone who lives nearby or plans to visit the area is encouraged to join her Patzcuaro Birding Group.
Surpassing her expectations, thirteen people met Georgia at the Jarácuaro Bridge, one of her favorite birding spots. The height of the bridge allows for uninhibited viewing of the marshy area and canals that flow to Lake Páatzcuaro. Novices to expert birders always find interesting birds to observe, including the endemic Black-polled yellowthroat.
Georgia will soon have a website up, and it will include a schedule of upcoming birding events. This website (the one you are currently on) will publish a link to hers under "useful links" in the left sidebar. Meanwhile, you can email Georgia directly for information about upcoming trips through BirdingPal at http://www.birdingpal.org/Mexico.htm
Here is the list of birds seen during the first 2-hour outing of the Pátzcuaro Birding Group:
Little blue heron
Least bittern – juvenile
Northern rough-winged swallow
Common yellow throat
Black-polled yellowthroat (endemic)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Today Georgia Conti shared two nearby birding spots, as well as her expertise and good company, with Glen and me. It was a beautiful, crisp morning.
From Pátzcuaro, take the road around the southwest side of Lake Pátzcuaro toward Erongarícuaro. When you come to Jarácuaro, turn right (toward lake) and drive to bridge. There is very little traffic and we parked on the bridge. There are two bee hives in bridge crevices, but the bees did not bother us.
Pie-billed Grebe (faded vertical bill stripe)
Great White Egret
Little Blue Heron
Mexican Duck (Mallard)
Northern Jacana (Mesoamericana)
Vermilion Flycatcher (coloration here is splotchy and pale)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-polled Yellowthroat (endemic)
Arocutín Ejido Land
Arocutín is between Jaracuaro and Erongarícuaro on the southwest side of Lake Pátzcuaro. We took a left on a little diagonal road that goes uphill (away from the lake) and drove a short distance onto ejido land.
Abeille's/Black-backed Oriole (endemic)
CHECKLIST - BIRDS OF PATZCUARO & MICHOACAN, MEXICO
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