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Bird Counts

World Migratory Bird Day

May 14, 2022 

Be a part of birding’s biggest team! Global Big Day is an annual celebration of the birds around you. No matter where you are, join us virtually on 14 May, help celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, and share the birds you find with eBird.

Participating is easy—you can even be part of Global Big Day from home. If you can spare 5 or 10 minutes, report your bird observations to eBird online or with our free eBird Mobile app. If you have more time, submit several checklists of birds throughout the day. You never know what you might spot. Your observations help us better understand global bird populations through products like these animated abundance maps brought to you by eBird Science.

Last year, Global Big Day brought birders together virtually from more countries than ever before. More than 51,000 people from 192 countries submitted 134,000 checklists with eBird, setting four new world records for a single day of birding. Will you help us surpass last year’s records? However you choose to participate, please always put safety first and follow your local guidelines.

How to participate

  • Get an eBird account: eBird is a worldwide bird checklist program used by millions of birders. It’s what allows us to compile everyone’s sightings into a single massive Global Big Day list—while at the same time collecting the data to help scientists better understand birds. Sign up here. It’s 100% free from start to finish.
  • Watch birds on 14 May: It’s that simple. You don’t need to be a bird expert or go out all day long, even 10 minutes of birding from home counts. Global Big Day runs from midnight to midnight in your local time zone. You can report what you find from anywhere in the world.
  • Enter what you see and hear in eBird: You can enter your sightings via our website or download the free eBird Mobile app to make submitting lists even easier. Please enter your checklists before 17 May to be included in our initial results announcement.
  • Watch the sightings roll in: During the day, follow along with sightings from more than 170 countries in real-time on our Global Big Day page: ebird.org/globalbigday

Useful Links


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Christmas Bird Count: Silver City

Dec 18, 2021

The weather wasn't the best but we persevered and still ended up with some slightly above average numbers. While species diversity was down this year compared to 2020 (106), sparrow numbers were up slightly after a dismal year in 2020. It will be interesting to see what happens in 2022 if we get another decent monsoon season.

Thank you to everyone who participated! -- John Gorey, Compiler

Count Full Results → CBC Report 2021 (PDF)

Summary: 

  • Route Counters: 26
  • Feeder Counters: 12
  • Total Species: 86 (Avg 78)
  • Total Individual Birds:  5775 (Avg 5200)

10 Most abundant:

    1.  White-crowned Sparrow: 595
    2.  Western Bluebird: 485
    3.  Pinyon Jay: 460
    4.  Brewer’s Blackbird: 436
    5.  Chipping Sparrow: 400
    6.  Dark-eyed Junco: 356
    7.  House Finch: 350
    8.  Mourning Dove: 244
    9.  Gambel’s Quail: 229
    10.  Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay: 196

Rare / Unusual Birds <10% of Counts

    1.  Broad-tailed Hummingbird: 6th Record
    2.  Grasshopper Sparrow: 4th Record
    3.  Rivoli’s Hummingbird: 9th Record

New High Counts:

    1.  Broad-tailed Hummingbird: 3
    2.  White-throated Sparrow: 8 (5 was previous record 1991)

Check out the CBC Trends Viewer! from American Birds/National Audubon Society.

Christmas Bird Count: Gila River
Jan 3, 2022

January 3rd dawned cold and bright, with 17 participants out counting birds in the Gila River Valley. The frozen ground was much preferred to the mud later in the day. During the course of the day counters contributed 23.75 miles and 39 hours by foot, and 97.75 miles and 8.5 hours by car.

This effort produced 105 species with a total count of 3456 individual birds.

Gila River CBC Highlights were:

2  Common Loons at Bill Evans Lake – a first for the count
1  Bonaparte’s Gull, also a first for the count
1  Lazuli Bunting, another first
1  Dusky Flycatcher, an unusual find
201  White-winged Doves beat the previous max. of 92
24  Gila Woodpeckers with a previous maximum of 15
118  Raven sp with a previous max of 109
7  White-throated Sparrows was 2 more than the previous maximum
68  Juncos was the lowest number for the count ever– the previous low number was 84
6 Lawrence’s Goldfinches were seen but was not a record

Thank you to all who participated with the count! -- Linda Moore, Compiler


 

 

Cornell Feeder Watch

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. Visit www.feederwatch.org for more info.


Past Counts

NM Winter Raptor Count
January 18, 2020
Nine teams of raptor enthusiasts identified and counted as many raptors as possible on 10 routes, driving over 1300 miles, in 63 hours produced 13 species & 295 individual birds. 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.

Linda Moore, Compiler


2020 SILVER CITY
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

By John Gorey
→ Read the Report

2016 - 2017 SILVER CITY
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

By Roland Shook
→ Read the Report

1997 - 2015 SILVER CITY
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT