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Bird Counts

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

  • Count 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.
  • 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

575-534-9400 or jjblurton@outlook.com.


THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
FEBRUARY TBA, 2021

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.

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.

eBird Pro Tip: Bird Counting 101

Have trouble counting birds, especially large numbers? We all do. Find out everything you need to learn how to count with confidence - Bird Counting 101

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.

Next year's dates: January 16, 17, 18, 2021
Linda Moore, Compiler


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