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.
No meetings are currently scheduled for October or November. If Huachuca Audubon Society members are interested in organizing monthly programs or other lectures and events, please email has_admin
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!
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).
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 (email@example.com or 378-7229) if you can help out.
The Sonoran Desert is the signature of the natural world in southern Arizona. Check out Amazon for this book of bedtime stories that feature the desert and its creatures: http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Fables-Bedtime-Stories-Within/dp/0615957730.
2014 Huachuca Mountains Elegant Trogon Survey
Results: Not including any hypothetical trogons, the results are as follows:
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