Monday, June 30, 2008

Pátzcuaro Birding Group - Events

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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

Here is the list of birds seen during the first 2-hour outing of the Pátzcuaro Birding Group:

Pied-billed grebe
Tricolored heron
Little blue heron
Great egret
Snowy egret
Cattle egret
Least bittern – juvenile
White-faced ibis
Turkey vulture
Northern harrier
Common moorhen
Northern jacana
Mourning dove
Broad-billed hummingbird
Black phoebe
Vermillion flycatcher
Cassin’s kingbird
Northern rough-winged swallow
Cliff swallow
Barn swallow
Curved-billed thrasher
House sparrow
House finch
Lesser goldfinch
Common yellow throat
Black-polled yellowthroat (endemic)
White-collared seedeater
Song sparrow
Great-tailed grackle
Bronzed cowbird

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Jarácuaro Bridge & Arocutín Ejido Land

BIRD LIST for Saturday, 28 June 2008, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

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.

Jarácuaro Bridge

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
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
White-faced Ibis
Mexican Duck (Mallard)
Blue-winged Teal
Turkey Vulture
Common Moorhen
Northern Jacana (Mesoamericana)
Mourning Dove
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher (coloration here is splotchy and pale)
Cassin's Kingbird
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Curve-billed Thrasher
Black-polled Yellowthroat (endemic)
White-collared Seedeater
Song Sparrow
Red-Winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Lesser Goldfinch

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.

Eastern Bluebird
Chipping Sparrow
Abeille's/Black-backed Oriole (endemic)
House Finch
Cassin's Finch


This site will serve to systematize our birding activities in Michoacan. Click below for a regional checklist of the birds we will be seeking.


You can copy the checklist data into Excel or Word.