Just a reminder that eBird has guidelines for the entry of data from your Christmas Bird Count efforts that are somewhat different from the guidelines for day to day eBirding. Of particular note is that generally CBC checklists should be mapped to a personal location specific to the sector that you covered rather than in eBird hotspots.
Also note that eBird and CBC have very different guidelines for calculating the distance that you enter in. You can include your CBC-style effort data in the checklist note space while entering the eBird-style effort data in the eBird effort data boxes.
Elegant Trogon, Copyright © 2013 John Langholff
The 115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count season begins December 14. Check out their CBC Facebook page for more information.
See the Ramsey Canyon CBC and Appleton-Whittell CBC pages, respectively for information about these local counts.
You can find a list of Arizona CBCs on the Tucson Audubon website.
Larry McQueen illustration
Aaron Haiman at UC Davis <email@example.com> is conducting research on Evening Grosbeak behavior and needs your help. If you are interested in recording the vocalizations of Evening Grosbeaks, especially the Mexican subspecies , read on…!
After 15 years as Ramsey Canyon Christmas Bird Count compiler, Ted Mouras will step down.
If you know someone interested in taking over as compiler, contact Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: 803-0221).
The Programs Chair position is currently vacant, so no upcoming monthly meetings are scheduled. If Huachuca Audubon Society members are interested in organizing monthly programs or other lectures and events, please email email@example.com to get involved.
State of the Birds 2014
You’ll find the report online. Here are the trends by habitat: http://www.stateofthebirds.org/habitats/index
Ten people tramped the Sierra Vista EOP dikes this morning; five locals and
five visitors from GA, IA, and TX. Breezes made for pleasant temperatures,
but kept most passerines down in the vegetation. Our group tally was 59
species by the end of the morning.
The best bird of the day was a single YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, a new species
for the EOP. Unfortunately, only two of us saw this bird as it flew low
between mesquite trees edging the Moson Road impoundments.
Will Baird’s Sparrow still return to southeastern Arizona in the future?
Check out Audubon’s new report on birds and climate change and learn what you can do to help: http://audubon.org/climate.
And visit the National Audubon Society Facebook page below to get involved!
Tour leaders needed for Sunday morning bird walks at the Sierra Vista Environmental Operations Park!
These walks take about 3 hours. You do not need to be a birding “expert” since most of the people who attend know quite a lot about birds and only want the ability to get inside the EOP fence. The main duties are to get people to sign the waiver form, unlock and lock the gates, make sure people stay on the paths, and create a bird list for the tour. Training is minimal and will be provided at your convenience. Please contact Dutch Nagle (firstname.lastname@example.org or 378-7229) if you can help out.
Why birds matter…
If you live in Arizona or elsewhere in the desert southwest and want to attract hummingbirds to your garden all year long, click on the Bloomchart by Month for Hummingbirds.