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Christmas Bird Count potluck - December 16, 2017

The 2017 Silver City Christmas Bird Count was held on December 16th. Audubon's Christmas Bird Count has been going on for 118 years and is one of the largest citizen science projects in the US. Participants counted birds within a 15 mile circle centered on the Silver City golf course. Results from the bird count will be tallied and posted on our website when they are all compiled sometime after January. Participants walked or drove on several different routes or counted birds that came to their feeders. Many of the counters shared their results and enjoyed a potluck dinner afterwards. In the photo Jackie Blurton and Roland Shook, the organizers of this year's count, hear reports from potluck attendees about how many and what species of birds were seen. Among the more unexpected birds spotted were Sora, Rough-legged hawk, Anna's hummingbird, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive warbler, Black-and-White warbler, and Red crossbill.

Deming Audubon - December 12, 2017

SWNMA, Audubon NM and Sierra Club hosted a lobby training in Deming on December 12, 2017. State Representative Candie Sweetser was on hand to give tips on how to make your voice heard at the Legislature. Rep. Sweetser and Beth Bardwell of Audubon NM worked with small groups of Luna County residents to train them in the art of lobbying. Photo: Terry Timme

Magnificent no more!

The Magnificent hummingbird was named in honor of the Duke of Rivoli, after it was described in the 1920s - the Anna’s hummingbird is named after his wife, the Duchess of Rivoli. It remained “Rivoli’s hummingbird” until the mid-1980s when it was re-named Magnificent. This most recent Supplement has split Magnificent hummingbird into the Rivoli’s and Talamanca hummingbird (the latter is found in Costa Rica)...

This split separates birds of southern Central America from those of Mexico, the U.S., and northern Middle America. Rivoli’s hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) is found in pine–oak woodlands from the southwestern U.S. south to northern Nicaragua; adult males have a peridot-colored (yellow-green) throat and blackish underparts. Talamanca hummingbird (Eugenes spectabilis) is found in cloudforest and high oak forests of Costa Rica and western Panama; adult males have a turquoise- or teal-colored throat and dark green underparts. The latter was originally named “Admirable hummingbird” by Robert Ridgway, but his suggestion was unheeded. Instead, Eugenes spectabilis has been named for the Talamanca Mountains of eastern Costa Rica.

This split raises the not particularly serious question of what to call a Berylline X Magnificent hybrid, which birders had playfully dubbed “Beryificent Hummingbird”. Berivoli’s? Riviline?  Photo: naturespicsonline.com

Email notices sent 3-7 days in advance - Monthly field trips sometimes miss good birding opportunities. To take advantage of great weather, when birds or butterflies abound, we started "Spur-of -the-moment Field Trips."
A notice is emailed to SWNMA members 3-7 days in advance, indicating where and when to meet and the destination. Watch for email, especially during migration season.
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Desiree Loggins Regional Network Manager

Audubon New Mexico hired Desiree Loggins as regional network manager with responsibilities for grassland and freshwater conservation in  New Mexico and Texas. Desiree states: "under that umbrella she is also working to better develop the chapter-state program relationship so we can partner together to win conservation battles for birds!"  Photo: Desiree and Terry Timme, chapter president, at SWNMA's Deming December meeting.