Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday July 28, 2008
Birding La Finca Tusa, Zirahuén
Molly Hoopes, a botanical illustrator who studies and paints plants in the Lake Patzcuaro area, will lead a bird walk near Lake Zirahuen. You’ll find information, photos and bird list from a previous trip at http://birdpatzcuaro.blogspot.com/2008/07/birding-at-lake-zirahun.html. Note the photo of the Acorn woodpecker’s granary tree. This outing involves walking/hiking and may require climbing through some barbed wire fences. Bring binoculars, but leave your scope at home--you won’t want to lug it around. Bring nourishments (water and snacks).
Patzcuaro Birding Club will leave Patzcuaro at 9:00 AM, and return by 2:00 PM, mas o menos. Again, let’s try to carpool as much as possible. The point of departure will be the street in front of the Policia Federal by the Pemex Station in Patzcuaro.
Thursday July 31, 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Georgia is hosting another hummingbird study for those of
you who couldn’t make the last one and any who want to come again. Location is Corazon de Durazno, about 3 miles south of Patzcuaro on the highway that goes to Santa Clara del Cobre. Refreshments will be served and ample parking is available.
See http://birdpatzcuaro.blogspot.com/2008/07/we-studied-hummingbirds.html and http://patzcuarobirder.blogspot.com/ for more information and photos from the initial hummingbird study. Photographers will like this event. You can get close to the birds without disturbing them.
Destinations will include:
Cascadas de Tzararacua - Birding & Natural Beauty
Mil Cumbres (SE of Morelia)
Tacambaro - see http://birdpatzcuaro.blogspot.com/2008/07/back-to-rio-corucha-and-arroyo-frio.html - http://birdpatzcuaro.blogspot.com/2008/07/birds-sighted-in-tacambaro-region.html - http://birdpatzcuaro.blogspot.com/2008/07/birding-sites-in-tacambaro-region.html
Please pass the word! Novices and expert birders are welcome.
These outings are free and open to the public.
Inquiries about the Patzcuaro Birding Club
Georgia Conti: http://www.birdingpal.org/Mexico.htm
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
On a sunny Monday mornng, 14 July 2008, five Patzcuaro birders met at Ojo de Agua. We got excellent looks at birds with both binoculars and scope. A Canyon Towhee scratched around in the sun, showing off his breast streaks and spot which are difficult to see in the shade. We watched a Blue Mockingbird stealthily feed in low vegetation. Highlights were observing Golden-fronted Woodpeckers. A fledgling begged for food with fluttering behavior. A Black Phoebe and a Vermilion Flycatcher showed off in good light. We also saw a pair of Social Flycatchers and their nest. There were many other birds.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Golden-cheeked woodpecker (nesting at Arroyo Frio)
Rose-throated becard (nesting at Rio Corucha)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Following is a list of the sites that we scouted:
From Patzcuaro, take the road to Tacambaro. When you reach a T, turn south toward Tacambaro. This T intersection is designated as mile 0 for the following directions to our birding sites.
Mile 00.0 - T where you turn south.
Mile 05.9 - Road comes to a Y. Go left towards Yuricato.
Mile 06.5 - A road on left goes uphill to top of Salto Santa Paula.
Mile 06.6 - On left, river route to bottom of Salto Santa Paula.
Mile 07.8 - Landmark: large Pemex.
Mile 08.3 - Turn left on road to Cerro Hueco. Landmarks at corner are signs that read Taller Perez Velez and CFE (Comisión Federal Eléctrica). Follow road up to Parque Ecológico Recreativo Cerro Burro. Return to main road to continue.
Mile 10.8 - Landmark: white building on right - Asociación Ganadería.
Mile 12.0 - Turn right onto dirt agricultural road which goes north along Rio Corucha. Easy to miss. On the main road towards Chupio, if you see a cement wall on the right for an irrigation pond, you have missed the turn. The turn for the Rio Corucha site is well before the pueblo of Chupio.
Mile 15.9 - Balneario Arroyo Frio. You will drive through the pueblo of Chupio to reach this site. After Chupio, look for a sign on the right to turn into Arroyo Frio.
Photo courtesy Greg Lasley (see superb Rose-throated Becard photos)
We saw some very good birds. In fact, we all three got lifers. It is difficult to say what was most exciting. We saw the White-breasted Nuthatch, Spotted Wren, Red Crossbill, Rose-throated Becard, Blue-black Grassquit, White-naped Swift and Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, to mention a few... In several instances, we were treated to watch pairs of birds come and go from their nests.
Watch http://patzcuarobirder.blogspot.com/ for today's complete bird list.
Friday, July 11, 2008
For notes on dates & locations of recent sightings see http://patzcuarobirder.blogspot.com/
Top Tier Birder - Life List is comprised of 7 1/2 species not yet seen
Extreme Birder - Intense!
Serious Birder - Extensive knowledge and generously shares it.
Avid Birder - Enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.
Enthusiastic Birder - Long on enthusiasm, short on knowledge.
Recreational Birder - Owns binoculars, comes because there are cookies.
Book Birder - Birds in fabulous reference books and guides. Doesn't leave recliner chair.
Beginning Birder - Potential to become Serious or Extreme Birder, or better.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Received from Georgia of Chirimoyo:
1. On Wednesday July 9 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM,
join Tracy and Glen [of Villa La Jacaranda] and me for a hike/climb from the Estribo to the top of the hill to see what birds we might find. If it's raining buckets, each of us will decide if we're fair weather birders or not. For those of you not familiar with the Estribo and need directions, let me know. Bring water and snacks. Even though this is a steep climb up the hill, we'll do it at a reasonable pace. After all, we'll be looking for birds.
2. Thursday July 10 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM
a hummingbird study. Have you been stymied by those little [hummers] that zip by so quickly? Several of you have mentioned having trouble, so I decided to offer an outing to help. My two feeders are teeming with several species of hummingbirds, and we'll study them from the comfort of my living room. Please come to Corazon de Durazno... If you need directions, let me know. There's plenty of parking.
Bring binoculars for both events.
We have several other events in the works so stay tuned for more announcements. Also, please pass the word to others who may be interested in birding events. All ages and all skill levels are welcome.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Acorn Woodpeckers have been busy here.
Many thanks to Molly-H-in-Paradise of Finca Tusa at Zirahuén for leading us on a hike (5 hours) through her walking territory to scout for birds. There were four of us: Molly, Georgia of Chirimoyo, and Glen and Tracy of Villa La Jacaranda. We identified 28 birds, with the able assistance of Georgia, our resident Master Birder.
Click here to see a newly created Checklist for Pátzcuaro & Michoacán Birds which you can copy and paste into Excel or Word.