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Bird Counts

ANNUAL RAPTOR COUNT
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016

All the way from the Arizona border- east to I-10 and from Mule Creek- south to Antelope Wells, is the area covered for this annual raptor survey of the southwestern corner of New Mexico. If you would like to take part in counting owls, hawks, shrikes and Greater Roadrunners by driving an assigned route in this area, call Roland Shook, compiler, at 575-590-4731 to be assigned a route or tyrannidae@gmail.com

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - SILVER CITY
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016

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 feeder counters. Register with Karen Beckenbach, who will assign field teams to a specific area.

We had a pretty good count! 98 species and 9,504 individual birds, which ties our second highest species count and IS our second highest individual count. We had a record number of out-of-season birds, including Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Wilson's Snipe, Band-tailed Pigeon, Vermilion Flycatcher, Canyon Wren, and Brown-headed Cowbird. Others we rarely get included; Inca Dove, Scaled Quail, Sandhill Crane, Western Screech-owl, Lewis's Woodpecker, American Crow, Pyrrhuloxia, and Eastern Meadowlark. In the spreadsheet for 2015, the red boxes are for low counts, green for high. If you are interested in seeing the data route by route or just the totals let me know and I'll send that to you - 575-388-2386 or k.beck.56@icloud.com.


CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT - GILA RIVER SATURDAY,
DECEMBER 31, 2016

Centered in Riverside, along the Gila River near Cliff is where the count takes place. Most of the land is privately owned and permission from the landowners is obtained by Roland Shook, compiler. If you are interested in taking part in this Christmas Bird Count contact Roland at 575-590-4731 or tyrannidae@gmail.com.

GILA RIVER SPRING COUNT
SATURDAY, TBA, 2017

The Gila River count has been in existence since at least the mid-1960s. Always on the first Saturday of May, the goal is to count birds from the Gila Cliff Dwellings to the Arizona border near Virden, NM. Owing to the size of the area, the count is dependent upon many participants. This count covers some of the most diverse habitat in the state and is guaranteed to produce lots of species. Contact Roland Shook for info, or to get assigned to a route; 575-590-4731 or email tyrannidae@gmail.com.
[ 2014 MBC RESULTS PDF ]    [ 2015 MBC RESULTS PDF ]

THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
FEBRUARY TBA, 2017

greatbackyardbirdcountJoin us in the Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). 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 www.BirdCount.org. Portions of the GBBC site are also now available in Spanish at www.ContandoAves.org . For the first time, 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 that the Cornell Lab and Audubon are integrating into the GBBC for the first time this year.  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  to APRIL 2016-17

Next month Project FeederWatch begins its 30th year 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.
 
The 2016-2017 FeederWatch season runs from Saturday, November 12 to Friday, April 7. Online data entry will open for new participants on Tuesday, November 1st. The last day to start a two-day count is Thursday, April 6. Sign up to be a FeederWatcher - www.feederwatch.org- there is an $18 FeederWatch fee to participate ($15 for Cornell Lab members.)

FESTIVAL OF THE CRANES
NOVEMBER 15-20, 2016

Bosque del Apache NWR in Socorro, NM hosts the Annual Festival of the Cranes, with over 100 tours, workshops, hikes, lectures and special activities. For dates and more information go to: www.festivalofthecranes.com.
2014 GRANT COUNTY
MIGRATORY BIRD
COUNT ARTICLE
Changes: Tyrone Ponds and Lake Roberts
[ Read the Article ]
 
2013 GRANT COUNTY
MIGRATORY BIRD
COUNT ARTICLE
Trend In Numbers of Birds?
By Julian Lee, Compiler
[ Read the Article ]