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Bird Counts

Upcoming Area Bird Counts: Mark your calendars!

SILVER CITY CBC—December 17, 2022.

Potluck to follow count. If you would like to participate, or information and instructions contact John Gorey at

GILA RIVER CBC – Weekend of December 31, 2022/January 1, 2023**

Date to be decided by weather.
Call for information and instructions BEFORE December 23.
Contact Linda Moore at 575-535-2268 or raptors.linda@yahoo.com


Interested participants should get in touch with Linda Moore BY January 6, 2023. 575-535-2268 or raptors.linda@yahoo.com

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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)


  • 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


By John Gorey
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By Roland Shook
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