Southwest Wings Winter Birding
Winter birding down here can be a bit boring due the lack of an ocean and few Rivers or Lakes. However Ken Blankenship just sent me the results of our Christmas Bird Count. We did manage 5 species of Hummingbirds, a Trogon, Green Kingfisher and five subareas with Montezuma Quail.
Species/Effort for the 2017 Ramsey Canyon CBC (AZRC)...
A total of 153 species were recorded; this is higher than the 10-year average of 139.9 species
A total of 13,201 individual birds were recorded; this is higher than the 10-year avg. of 10,112
A total of 57 observers (field+feeder watch) collected data; this is higher than the 10-year avg. of 46.7
A total of 214.98 party hours were spent collecting data (incl. owling); this is double the 10-year avg. of 122.5
A total of 292.2 party miles were covered on foot and by car
Highlights/High Counts for the 2017 Ramsey Canyon CBC (AZRC)...
Most species reported was 79, recorded by teams in Area 13 (Hereford Bridge South)
Most individuals reported was 1708, recorded by the team in Area 8 (Sierra Vista EOP & vicinity)
Most species exclusive to an area was 8, also recorded in Area 8 (Sierra Vista EOP & vicinity)
Most highest-counts of species was 17, recorded by teams in Area 11 (Central San Pedro River)
The best winter show down here are the cranes at Whitewater Draw, about 35,000 this year. Here is a link to the live Crane Cam set up by AZDG&F.