Apologies for a tardy report, but other CBCs and Christmas got in the way! The Phoenix-Tres Rios CBC circle is located in the southwest greater Phoenix area. It is divided up into 12 areas. We had a few new area leaders this year, and I want to thank them for stepping up to the plate! The weather started out crisp and clear (39 degrees), and turned into a beautiful Arizona winter day with temperatures up to 67 degrees and little wind. The count results were at an average this year.
146 species, with one additional species seen during count week. Some notable birds included RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and ROSY-FACED LOVEBIRD. Raptors were well represented with 15 species, including HARRIS'S HAWK (3), several each PEREGRINE & PRAIRIE FALCON, and MERLIN (3). A DUSKY FLYCATCHER (1) in the same spot as last year made me wonder if it maybe could be the same bird? Of note were six species of warblers including YELLOW WARBLER (3), and the continuing BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER.
I want to thank all participants for their time and expertise, extra pair of eyes, or being the perfect scribe:)! Wishing you lots of birding fun in 2018!