Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Patzcuaro Birding Club's First Outing

On Thursday, June 26, 2008, thirteen individuals met me at the bridge between Arocutin and Jaracuaro, one of my favorite birding spots. The height of the bridge allows for uninhibited viewing of the marshy area and canals that flow to Lake Patzcuaro. Novices to expert birders always find interesting birds to observe, including the endemic Black-polled yellowthroat.

Regularly scheduled birding events are planned in the Patzcuaro, Michoacan area. These birding events will explore a wide variety of locations, such as Patzcuaro, Morelia, Zirahuen, Tacambaro, Uruapan, Quiroga, and Erongacuaro-Yotatiro-Zarzamora. They are free and open to the public. Anyone who lives nearby or plans to visit is encouraged to join me and the Patzcuaro Birding Club.

Birds seen at the bridge were:
Pied-billed grebe
Tricolored heron
Little blue heron
Great egret
Snowy egret
Cattle egret
Least bittern - juvenile
White-faced ibis
Ruddy duck
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 - nesting under the bridge
Barn swallow
Curved-bill thrasher
House sparrow
House finch
Lesser goldfinch
Common yellowthroat
Black-polled yellowthroat (endemic)
White-collared seedeater
Song sparrow
Great-tailed grackle
Bronzed cowbird

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