Date: 12/31/17 11:00 am From: Lori <lconrad6853...> Subject: [AZNMbirds] Portal CBC yesterday
We had our CBC here in Portal yesterday & I believe the tentative total was 133, which would be 2 more than in 2016.
Highlights include 9 Red Crossbills (type 2) in a private yard (ours!) coming in for water (plus a few others seen in the count circle); Montezuma Quail (seen in a private yard & up South Fork); 3 Olive Warblers along the South Fork trail; 2 different adult male Scott's Orioles in private yards (one in ours!); & at least 3 Rivoli's Hummingbirds (one in our yard). Other hummingbirds seen were both male & female Broad-tailed (!) in a private yard, Broad-billed, Blue-throated, Rufous & the usual Anna's. Also reported was a Clay-colored Sparrow, a Gray Catbird, a few Black-chinned Sparrows, a Winter Wren, a Cassin's Sparrow, a Common Poorwill (!), Crissal Thrashers, Golden-crowned Kinglets & our own special bird, the Mexican Chickadee.
All in all a good count, followed by a great dinner. Thanks go to Bonnie Bowen (& friends) for making it happen this year.