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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS - SILVER CITY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019

My grateful thanks to all of you for participating in this important annual event. I hope you will join us again next year.   Jackie Blurton

  • Participants
    35 Route Counters  (11 routes); 20 Feeder Counters  (16 counts)
  • Effort: Route Hours: 48.35; People Hours: 147.5; Miles Driven: 223.97; Miles Walked: 18.56; Total miles walked: 49.97.
  • Feeder counts Hours: 53; Total people Hours: 67.5. Combined feeder and route hrs: 101.35 Combined people hrs: 215.
  • Count Information: Total species: 89; Total # of individual birds: 5266; Routes: 3818; Feeders: 1448.
  • 10 Most abundant: Dark-eyed Junco 760; Western Bluebird 511; Gambel’s Quail 457; House Finch 373; Raven sp. 314; House Sparrow 240; White-crowned Sparrow 214; Brewer’s Blackbird 202; White-winged Dove 194; Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay 123.
  • Rare / Unusual Birds <10% of Counts: Bendire’s Thrasher- NEW! Clay-colored Sparrow 2nd Record; Sandhill Crane 3rd Record; Orange-crowned Warbler 4th Record; Mexican Duck 5th Record; Hooded Merganser 5th Record; Broad-tailed Hummingbird 5th Record; Red Crossbill 5th Record; Band-tailed Pigeon 6th Record.
  • New High Counts: Bendire’s Thrasher 2; Juniper Titmouse 54; Phainopepla 68; Hairy Woodpecker 16.
  • Birds typically seen but not this year
    Killdeer seen on 50 of 59 counts; Brewer’s Sparrow seen on 47 of 59 counts; Horned Lark seen on 43 of 59 counts; Great-horned Owl seen on 38 of 59 counts; Vesper Sparrow seen on 36 of 59 counts; Ring-necked Duck seen on 31 of 59 counts; Scaled Quail seen on 30 of 59 counts.    John Gorey, Compiler

Route sign-up contact: Jackie Blurton, 575-534-9400 or jjblurton@outlook.com.


CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - GILA RIVER
NO SCHEDULED COUNTS

This historic Christmas Bird Count, focuses on all of the birds within a 7.5 mile radius circle approximately centered in the town of Riverside, NM. This count covers several portions of the Gila River. The private land portions require a permit, so potential participants need permission.


THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
FEBRUARY 14-17, 2020

greatbackyardbirdcountBird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on any day in a four-day time span, tally the numbers of each species they see, and report their tallies online at BirdCount.org. Portions of the GBBC site are also now available in Spanish at ContandoAves.org . Anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access can participate. Anyone visiting the GBBC website will be able to see bird observations pouring in from around the world and contribute their own tallies. Global participation will be made possible thanks to eBird, a real-time online checklist program.  The GBBC is open to anyone of any skill level and welcomes bird observations from any location, including backyards, national parks, gardens, wetlands, and urban landscapes. The four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands of people reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone.

SWNMA BIG DAY COUNT
MAY TBA, 2020

To celebrate May 4 Global Big Day and the return of migratory birds to their breeding grounds, take part in SWNMA Big Day! Same principles as a Big Day, individuals and teams bird + count as many bird species as they can. An informal event, choose your preferred 24-hour period anytime on the day of the count. Results and interesting sightings will be shared at a potluck following the count.
The rules are simple:

  • Bird only within Grant County.
  • Cannot go on private property unless it is a friend’s and permission is granted. For example, the ranches in the Gila are off limits as is the Glenn Ranch off of Ridge Road. You can look from the edges but do not access the properties.
  • The Silver City Golf Course is off limits, for potential of many groups/individuals asking for access. Birding from outside along edges, looking in, is permitted.
  • Send your final species #, whether birding as a team or individual, and any interesting/fun sightings or stories to Megan: megan.ruehmann@gmail.com
  • If participating in Global Big Day, please join the thousands of birders submitting their sightings on eBird: https://ebird.org/news/global-big-day-4-may-2019

CORNELL FEEDERWATCH
NOVEMBER 9 — APRIL 3, 2020

The FeederWatch season always begins the second Saturday in November and runs for 21 weeks, harnessing the power of backyard bird watchers to track trends among winter birds. While we are all thrilled by unusual sightings and high counts, it’s the everyday observations of common birds that are so important for monitoring bird populations. Want to be a Feeder Watcher? Visit www.feederwatch.org.

CRANE FESTIVAL at BOSQUE DEL APACHE
November 18-21, 2020

The annual Crane Festival in Bosque del Apache near Socorro, NM offers a variety of events; tours, classes, hikes, horseback rides, photography classes, wildlife art show and exhibits. Family Fun during Festival of the Cranes weekend is a free event, no reservations required. More information → www.festivalofthecranes.com.

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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
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