Lincoln County Bird Club
        Ruidoso, NM
Lincoln County Bird Club
Christmas Bird Count Report
2017



The dramatic, unforgettable weather of 2017 visited Lincoln County with unusually warm temperatures persisting throughout December and into January impacting the Christmas Bird Count. The change was most noticeable with waterfowl that preferred smaller ponds to open lakes. Or perhaps it was the abundance of people at all outdoor recreation areas that caused the relocation.  The twelve LCBC members who counted our CBC circle and feeder watchers recorded 59 species for Count Day and 2 species for Count Week, Red-naped Sapsucker and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Feeder watchers were especially productive this year adding 7 species to the total count. The total number of birds recorded was 2698. LCBC wishes to thank all participants for their time and effort spent making our twenty-second CBC a success. The results for all 2017 CBC counts may be found at www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count.
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Lincoln County Bird Club (LCBC) released final results for the group's annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) done under the direction of the National Audubon Society (www.audubon.org). "We counted 2611 individuals in 52 species during the morning of December 28, 2016," said Anita Powell, LCBC Board Member. "We have participated every year since 1995 with the exception of 2015 when weather prevented anyone from getting out."

LCBC birders worked in pairs in designated areas including Mescalero Lake, Grindstone Lake, Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Alto, and Loma Grande. For a complete list of species, consult www.lincolncountybirdclub.com.

LCBC data is sent to National Audubon Society. "The data collected by observers over the past century allow Audubon researchers, conservation biologists, wildlife agencies. . . to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. . .[and] provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years." according to the Audubon website.

Audubon shares data with the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and others, providing modeling for strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and environmental issues with implications for people as well.

In addition to  CBC, LCBC conducts monthly field trips and accepts new members at all levels including novices. 575-937-5416.


2013 - CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT (114th)

After a rather shaky start in planning the 2013 Christmas Bird Count the actual count and results were quite rewarding. We had one of largest number of participants (20) of any CBC. Even though everyone remarked on the lack of diversity of species and number of individual birds, participants obviously worked very hard scouring their area for the elusive birds because the results were better than expected. The number of species observed on County Day was 61 plus one Count Week species reported, Great Blue Heron, which brought the total to 62 species. There were two species observed that had never been seen on Count Day previously, Common Loon and Cackling Goose. The total number of individual birds counted was 2273. LCBC wishes to thank all the participants for their time and effort spent making our nineteenth CBC a success.

Cackling Goose    1             White-winged Dove    27
Canada Goose    87                   Mourning Dove    38
Gadwall                  6                             dove sp.    18
American Wigeon    215       Greater Roadrunner    1
Mallard                 187           Acorn Woodpecker    46
Northern Shoveler    52      Red-naped Sapsucker    1
American Green-winged Teal 3  Downy Woodpecker    6
Canvasback    90                      Hairy Woodpecker    3
Redhead                  23               Northern Flicker    15
Ring-necked Duck    130    Say’s Phoebe                  2
Bufflehead    23                  Steller’s Jay                  90
Common Merganser 15        Western Scrub-Jay     49
Hooded Merganser      1           Common Raven    157
Common Merganser 41      Mountain Chickadee      20
Duck sp.            20                       Juniper Titmouse    6
Wild Turkey    12               White-breasted Nuthatch 14
Common Loon    1                      Pygmy Nuthatch    56
Eared Grebe    3                      Marsh Wren                1
Western Grebe    1                    Western Bluebird    58
Great Blue Heron    cw            bluebird sp.                 1
Bald Eagle    2                      Townsend’s Solitaire      4
Northern Harrier    1                       American Robin    4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1             European Starling    26
Red-tailed Hawk    3                      Cedar Waxwing    1
American Kestrel    2          Yellow-rumped Warbler    4
American Coot    75                       Spotted Towhee    7
Rock Pigeon    53                          Canyon Towhee     3
Eurasian Collared-Dove 55        Chipping Sparrow    20
Song Sparrow    5                 House Finch                  64
White-crowned Sparrow 9        Pine Siskin                  14
sparrow sp.    50                        Evening Grosbeak    32
Dark-eyed Junco    252         House Sparrow              14
Red-winged Blackbird 51      Western Meadowlark 1       

2012 - Christmas Bird Count Report (113th)

 

Count Day started off with cold temperatures in the teens but by the time the last team completed its count the temperature had climbed to a mild 46º. There was no significant wind but small ponds and lakes were frozen and large lakes were partially frozen. The total number of species seen was 49, the lowest number of species observed for any previous CBC. No additional species were reported for Count Week. The number of individual birds counted was 2138, quite respectable with the low species count. Results of previous CBC reports can be viewed at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc. LCBC wishes to thank all the participants for their time and effort spent making our eighteenth CBC a success.

Canada Goose

72

Western Bluebird

167

American Wigeon

148

Mountain Bluebird

86

Mallard

226

American Robin

13

Canvasback

22

European Starling

18

Ring-necked Duck

38

Spotted Towhee

  6

Bufflehead

  2

Canyon Towhee

  2

Common Merganser

  9

Chipping Sparrow

20

Mallard hybrid

  1

Song Sparrow

  4

Great Blue Heron

  2

White-crowned Sparrow

28

Bald Eagle

  3

Dark-eyed Junco

525

Red-tailed Hawk

  2

Pyrrhuloxia

  1

American Kestrel

  4

Red-winged Blackbird

  1

American Coot

28

Western Meadowlark

  8

Eurasian Collared-Dove

34

Brewer’s Blackbird

23

Mourning Dove

19

House Finch

33

Acorn Woodpecker

38

Red Crossbill

20

Downy Woodpecker

  1

Pine Siskin

104

Hairy Woodpecker

  2

House Sparrow

63

Northern Flicker

15

White-winged Dove

10

Say’s Phoebe

  5

Bluebird sp.

16

Steller’s Jay

37

 

 

Western Scrub-Jay

24

 

 

Pinyon Jay

  2

 

 

American Crow

  5

 

 

Common Raven

174

 

 

Horned Lark

30

 

 

Mountain Chickadee

11

 

 

White-breasted Nuthatch

12

 

 

Pygmy Nuthatch

23

 

 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 - Christmas Bird Count (112th)

Results of the January 2, 2012 Christmas Bird Count. Since the lakes and ponds were not frozen this year the total number of birds recorded (3268) was up significantly from last year. The total species reported (62) was up only marginally. The summary of all the CBCs for comparison of each year was posted below. Or you may view the results on this site - www.audubon.org/bird/cbc.

Year

Number of Birds

Number of Species

1995

3109

70

1996

2962

57

1997

1973

57

1998

3324

58

1999

3297

71

2000

2966

69

2001

2629

54

2002

3447

66

2003

2628

63

2004

2934

56

2005

4222

75

2006

3071

67

2007

3828

65

2008

2061

60

2009

2205

59

2010

1637

58

2011

3268

62

2012

2138

49

2013

 

 

2014

 

 

2015

 

 

  Fortunately weather conditions for the 2011 CBC were much more favorable than last year. Lakes and ponds were only partially frozen so ducks and waterfowl were able to shelter and feed in the immediate area. Even though the day was overcast there was no significant wind and temperatures climbed to 43º. The total number of species seen was 62. Four additional species were seen and reported during Count Week so that brought our total to 66. The number of individual birds counted was 3268, quite respectable after our all time low count of last year. The four Count Week species were Sharp-shinned Hawk, Canyon Towhee, Scaled Quail, and Red-naped Sapsucker. Results of all CBC’s from this year and previous years can be viewed at www.audubon.org/bird/cbc. However there will be a in being able to view this year’s results because the National Audubon Society has major problems with the data entry function of the site. LCBC wishes to thank all the participants for their time and effort spent making our seventeenth  CBC a success.
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