North American Migration Count
Summary of results for Cochise County
Some 39 counters in 25 teams found 199 species on Saturday, 10 May 2014, the same total as last year. The bird list was not the same, however, because six new species were added to the cumulative list for NAMC in Cochise Co: Black Vulture, Common Black-Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Gray Vireo, Sinaloa Wren and Rufous-capped Warbler.
Looking at a decade of counts, it was surprising that Cinnamon Teal was missed for the first time. On the other hand, six species were found for only the second time: Great Egret, Mississippi Kite, Semipalmated Plover, Franklin’s Gull, Willow Flycatcher, and Savannah Sparrow. Hummingbirds are always of interest; nine species were reported in average numbers, with the rarest being Lucifer Hummingbird (4), White-eared Hummingbird (2), and
Costa’s Hummingbird (1).
A number of species were reported in record numbers, but such totals can be the result of more counters, as well as actual increases. More feeder watchers than in the past resulted in new high counts of White-winged, Mourning, and Inca Doves, as well as House Finches. Lingering Green-tailed Towhees at 46 birds was a 50% increase over previous counts. The Pine Siskin count at 4 birds was a new low; last year the count was 592 birds, demonstrating the erratic nature of their wintering range.
Thanks to everyone who participated–hope to have your help again next year (09 May 2015).
Erika Wilson, Sierra Vista, AZ