Date: 1/6/21 7:25 pm
From: Diane Drobka <sunny1az...>
Subject: [AZNMbirds] [EXT]First-Ever Safford CBC Results
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A special thank you to those who made the inaugural SaffordCBC on December 27 a great success while making history as the first-ever CBC inGraham County. The count circle has eight accessible blocks that include partsof Mt. Graham and well-known eBird hotspots such as Roper Lake, Dankworth Pond,Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area, Discovery Park, Mt. Graham Golf Course, and ReayLane WTP.
There is amazing habitat diversity within the circle, withelevations ranging from 2900’ along the Gila River to over 10,000 feet on Mt.Graham, making it Arizona’s CBC with the biggest elevation range. Unfortunately,the winter gate closure on upper Swift Trail limited access to the pine and spruce-fir habitatswithin the block, something that impacted the total species seen and canhopefully be resolved by next December.
Weather was perfect with blue skies, pleasant temperaturesand no wind. Much ground was covered by 11 volunteers from Safford, Pima, Globe, Vail, and Phoenix, with three of the fiveteams each surveying two blocks. Despite that division of time, 104 species wereseen on count day and another eight species during count week. A few specieswere noted in the Arizona Rare Bird Alert: Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (unexpectedin winter), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, American Goldfinch, and GreaterWhite-fronted Goose, plus a Harlan’s Hawk seen during count week. Species withthe highest counts were Yellow-headed Blackbird and American Wigeon.
I am thrilled that our first CBC went so well and lookforward to having more volunteers in future years.Diane DrobkaPima, Arizona
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