|AHCBC lead the country with 60 GRAY FLYCATCHERS seen during last year's count.|
The Atascosa Highlands Christmas Bird Count (AHCBC) will be held on December 22, 2013. This date was chosen so it will not compete for participants with other Arizona CBCs. The other 2 counts being held in Arizona on December 22nd are Hassayampa and Camp Verde, both of which are several hours away from southeast Arizona minimizing overlap.
Last year was a banner year for this count. A record number of participants (74) established a record number of species (142)! It's no coincidence that the more people that participate, the more birds that are found. If you know anyone to recruit to help out this year please let me know.
Arizona held the high count record last year for 74 species (and 5 forms)! The Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Texas CBC lead the nation for 'high-counts' with 17 species. The Atascosa Highlands CBC came in close second place with 16 national high counts. This CBC also was tied for a few of the high counts with other Arizona CBCs.
They are as follows:
Whiskered Screech-Owl 6 (tied with Patagonia)
Elegant Trogon 6
Hammond's Flycatcher 13 (tied with Patagonia)
Gray Flycatcher 60
Bridled Titmouse 307
Rock Wren 87
Canyon Wren 97
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 (tied with Patagonia)
Painted Redstart 11 (tied with Green Valley-Madera Canyon)
Hepatic Tanager 10
Canyon Towhee 141
Cassin's Sparrow 7 (tied with Ramsey Canyon)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 167
Five-striped Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 3381
Lincoln's Sparrow 254
You can see there's quite a number of exciting species to be seen in this circle. If you would like to join us this year on December 22nd please email Jake Mohlmann (mohlmann2 AT yahoo.com) to sign up.