CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - SILVER CITY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2020
The Silver City CBC covers a 15 mile diameter circle centered on the Silver City golf course. All levels of expertise are welcome, plus there is a need for drivers, recorders and feeder counters. Want to participate? Please contact compiler, John Gorey: email@example.com. Reports can be mailed to John Gorey, PO Box 5071, Silver City NM 88062.
What We Learn From the CBC
On December 25, 1900, Frank Chapman published the results of the humble CBC beginnings —27 people tallied birds and their combined effort in 25 locations across the continent. Probably it would be unfathomable to him that a “Christmas Bird Census” would last well over a century, and grow to cover the entire Western Hemisphere and beyond.
The full 2020 centivintennial count drew a record-breaking 81,601 observers including 40 new count circles. But while humans were out in full force, it is both surprising and worrisome that the total number of birds tallied last season dropped to 42,704,077 birds, around six million birds lower than the previous year. We cannot help but wonder what’s going on and what might be the cause. The value of CBC results is the opportunity for ongoing analysis, monitoring species groups, numbers of birds, the total effort each season and to see where the largest declines happen. Curious how all of this data fits together? Check out the CBC Trends Viewer! from American Birds/National Audubon Society.
Silver City 2020 — 121st Christmas Bird Count - Results
More time was spent on our routes in 2020. Due to COVID we had fewer people on the routes so our total effort was lower.
Complete Count Information → CBC Report 2020 (PDF)
Total species: 106 (highest on record!) 89 in 2019
Total # of individual birds: 7490 (avg across all years = 5100) 5729 in 2019
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - GILA RIVER
JANUARY 3, 2021
Centered in Riverside, along the Gila River near Cliff.
Linda Moore, Compiler - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Gila River CBC. This year our observers had multiple obstacles to overcome, the COVID situation and an unpleasant 13 degrees at the start. Observations can be difficult when your eyes are watering from the cold, but the count participants persevered through it all.
Dutifully documenting all avian species present along our route we came upon a scenario of immense ramification. Silently, we track closer so as not to cause a disturbance. We could not believe our luck! After the initial excitement subsided we got down to work recording, creeping closer, maintaining complete silence, we noticed our subjects were behaving uncharacteristically. One was swimming erratically back & forth with its distal end weaving in the water. Another individual with curved neck in the water had not come up for air during our observation. Another remained in an unnatural preening position. Still another never moved away from the shore. Silently, this unholy riparian scenario before us began to register. We had been hoodwinked! Before us were numerous decoys of different species bobbing in the current!
Fortunately, fake birds were outnumbered by real ones. Last year was my first as a CBC compiler, and we recorded 77 species. This year that number increased dramatically to 101 species! Last year there was a total of 1655 individuals, this year 4566 individuals, which indicates little, but is great to see. Unusual species observed this year were a Golden-crowned Sparrow, a Ruddy Ground Dove, and two Long-billed Dowitchers.
ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT
JANUARY 16, 17, 18, 2021
(Martin Luther King weekend)
If interested in participating, please contact Linda Moore at email@example.com by January 3.
NOVEMBER 14, 2020 — APRIL 9, 2021
THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
FEBRUARY 12 - 15, 2021
CRANE FESTIVAL at BOSQUE DEL APACHE
November 18-21, 2020
- American Bird Conservancy
- Audubon Bird Guide App
- Audubon Guide to Bird ID
- Audubon New Mexico
- Audubon en Español
- NatureInstruct Dendroica
- Xeno-Canto global birdsong
- American Birding Association
- Gila National Forest
- Cornell FeederWatch
- TripBuzz.com Birdwatching Guide
- HomeAdvisor.com Birdwatching Guide
- Guide to Birding From Our Window
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January 18, 2020
Northern Harrier 20; Coopers Hawk 7; Red-tailed Hawk 182; Ferruginous Hawk 9; Bald Eagle 4; Golden Eagle 5; American Kestrel 59; Prairie Falcon 1; Merlin 3; Peregrine Falcon 1; Raptor species 1; Great Horned Owl 2; Turkey Vulture 1.
Next year's dates: January 16, 17, 18, 2021
— Linda Moore, Compiler
2016 - 2017 SILVER CITY
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