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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Ajo-Cabeza Prieta Christmas Bird Count

 

 

The Ajo/Cabeza Prieta Christmas Bird Count Circle is 15 miles in diameter and is centered at Cardigan Peak in the Little Ajo Mountains. This of course includes the town of Ajo. The Count for this area usually occurs a few days past Christmas. Anybody is welcome to participate in the count, although inexperienced persons are paired with those with more experience, and a high percentage of the people involved are Association members.

Christmas Bird Count participants are encouraged to list all the bird species that they see during the week before the count. If nobody actually counts some of these listed species on the Count day, the species are entered as "CW" meaning seen only during the count week.

Species Common Name 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
American Eared Grebe 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 0 0 cw 0 0 0 0 0
Cattle Egret 0 cw 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Canada Goose 0 0 cw 0 0 0 0 0
Gadwall 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mallard 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northern Shoveler 6 26 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northern Pintail 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
American Green-winged Teal 68 82 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canvasback cw 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ring-necked Duck 16 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greater Scaup 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lesser Scaup 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Common Goldeneye 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Common Merganser 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ruddy Duck 34 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 2 cw 1 0 0 1 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 4 1 0 1 2 1 2
Cooper's Hawk 2 4 3 6 2 2 1 3
Common black-hawk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Harris's Hawk 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0 0 0 12 9 13
Golden Eagle 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 1
American kestrel 0 0 0 0 0 9 10 16
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gambel's Quail 370 290 145 631 172 168 91 463
Killdeer 13 10 1 3 1 8 0 2
Greater Yellowlegs 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spotted Sandpiper 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Least Sandpiper 7 2 0 3 0 11 0 0
Long-billed Dowitcher 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Bonaparte's Gull 0 cw 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ring-billed Gull 2 14 cw 6 0 0 0 0
Rock Dove 4 20 2 4 8 0 0 21
White-winged Dove 9 0 cw 0 0 1 0 0
Mourning Dove 192 250 296 520 340 317 133 357
Inca Dove 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1
Greater Roadrunner 0 4 1 3 2 1 1 1
Barn Owl cw 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Western Screech-Owl cw 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Great Horned Owl cw 5 2 3 2 0 0 0
Short-eared Owl 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Anna's Hummingbird 6 5 9 5 6 1 5 10
Costa's Hummingbird 8 12 4 10 4 2 6 9
Belted Kingfisher 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gila Woodpecker 150 88 73 129 44 65 61 74
Red-naped Sapsucker 1 4 1 2 2 0 0 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5 8 2 7 5 5 7 2
Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker 9 13 15 17 10 18 15 6
Gilded Flicker 28 16 4 10 9 1 2 5
large woodpecker spp. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Gray Flycatcher 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Dusky Flycatcher 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Black Phoebe 8 5 0 5 3 4 0 4
Say's Phoebe 28 16 9 20 11 25 5 9
Vermilion Flycatcher 5 6 3 6 4 2 0 3
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1 6 5 1 0 14 3 7
Loggerhead Shrike 14 17 12 33 6 16 32 34
Gray Vireo 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0
Hutton's Vireo 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Common Raven 162 174 156 92 76 48 37 34
Horned Lark 115 1 41 10 0 0 33 17
Verdin 60 54 48 48 26 13 33 23
Cactus Wren 67 46 32 57 12 22 21 24
Rock Wren 20 6 4 9 2 13 6 4
Canyon Wren 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Bewick's Wren 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
House Wren 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
wren spp. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 18 8 16 13 3 21 6 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 1 3 0 0 0 2 0
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 87 75 47 52 41 34 23 47
Western Bluebird 0 0 9 1 1 4 0 0
Mountain Bluebird 0 cw cw 2 8 0 0 0
Townsend's Solitaire 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hermit Thrush 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
American Robin 0 0 7 7 2 0 0 0
Northern Mockingbird 50 25 14 18 24 62 21 35
Sage Thrasher 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Bendire's Thrasher 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Curve-billed Thrasher 35 42 33 35 16 14 9 0
Crissal Thrasher 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
thrasher ssp. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
European Starling 37 66 14 17 16 30 0 57
American Pipit 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cedar Waxwing 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Phainopepla 324 230 192 193 173 214 118 156
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 0 0 5 0 2 0 0
Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler 12 7 14 0 0 16 0 2
Townsend's Warbler 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Green-tailed Towhee 2 3 1 0 0 7 0 2
Spotted Towhee 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
Canyon Towhee 8 13 7 4 4 1 1 1
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 2
Chipping Sparrow 25 28 9 7 2 0 0 12
Brewer's Sparrow 65 48 0 0 3 0 0 3
Lark Sparrow 21 0 3 0 0 6 0 0
Black-throated Sparrow 292 252 68 140 42 56 51 165
Sage Sparrow 26 85 3 6 3 0 0 0
Fox Sparrow 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Lincoln's Sparrow 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0
White-crowned Sparrow 224 405 110 93 38 118 214 70
sparrow ssp. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40
Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco 93 26 20 3 4 2 0 0
Dark-eyed (Gray-headed) Junco 0 cw 7 13 0 1 0 0
Northern Cardinal 1 3 9 13 4 4 4 2
Pyrrhuloxia 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 1
Western Meadowlark 10 33 12 0 0 1 0 0
Brewer's Blackbird 1 26 3 0 3 0 0 0
Great-tailed Grackle 1 42 6 28 7 0 0 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Cassin's Finch 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
House Finch 492 494 186 495 57 151 37 342
Lesser Goldfinch 3 0 2 0 0 0 4 1
House Sparrow 935 251 165 495 82 121 26 65
Rock Pigeon 0 0 0 0 0 28 4 0

 

 

 

 

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