Christmas Bird Count Data

The 2017 Christmas Bird Count results are in.  Click on the link below to view the report.

2017 Christmas Bird Count

Hi Everyone,
Thanks to each and every one of you who participated in the 2017 Las Cruces Christmas Bird Count (CBC)!  It is your hard work and dedication that makes our CBC a huge success for 43 years in a row.  The weather for our count on Dec. 16th could not have been more perfect.  Sure wish they could all be like that!
The total bird count was 32,259 (last year - 19,959).  That total count is about average for our CBC.  We had a total of 132 species identified, which includes general species and sub-species.  Last year we identified 101.  The White-winged Dove count was 6,205 (last year - 7,478), and the American Crow count was 7,951 (last year - 4,129).  The total sparrow count (excluding towhees, juncos, and house sparrows) was 2,157 (last year - 917).  That sparrow count is average for our CBC.
There were two species identified during count week (that weren’t seen on count day) - Common Grackle and Blue Jay.  There were 8 unusual/rare species observed during the count day - Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Turkey Vulture, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cave Swallow, Pygmy Nuthatch, and Black-throated Gray Warbler.  There was 9 new record highs, and 1 new record low.
Please see attached a pdf file of the final report that I submitted to the Audubon database.  If you would like to peruse our 43-year historical record, or any other CBC circle data, get on-line and see the following:
1.  enter this link into your browser -   Christmas Bird Count
2.  scroll down part way, and on the right, click on CBC Results
3.  at the top, you can choose to search by Species or Count; our CBC code is NMLC
Happy New Year to everyone, and I hope you are all fired up to bird in the CBC at the end of 2018!
Wayne Treers
coordinator and compiler for Las Cruces CBC

Mesilla Valley Audubon Society


The 2016 Christmas Bird Count results are in.  Click on the link below to view the report.

Dec2016 Christmas Bird Count Data


Dec 2014 Christmas Bird Count Data

2014 Las Cruces CBC Highlights

Hi Everyone,
I want to thank all of you who participated in our Las Cruces CBC on Dec. 20th.  We now have 40 years of early winter bird data for the whole world to see (1975-2014)!
You can peruse the historical data of our past CBC’s by clicking on
At the very top of the page, point your cursor to HISTORICAL, and a small pop-down window appears with the following choices:  Results by Count   Results by Species.  Count shows you any year’s complete report with data; Species allows you to query the database for a specific species for any number of years of our CBC.  The CBC code for our Las Cruces CBC is NMLC
For those interested, attached is a pdf file of this year’s Las Cruces CBC(Dec. 20, 2014) final report that I submitted to Audubon’s database for CBC’s.
Highlights from this year’s Las Cruces CBC:
-Participants:  48 (last year:  46); Feeder Watchers:  11 (last year:  10)
-Total bird count:  35,117 (last year:  30,739)
-Total species observed:  117 (last year:  107)
-White-winged Doves count:  8,947 (last year:  11,359)  - we’re still #1 CBC circle in US
-American Crows count:  9,530 (last year:  6,505) - word is getting around about wintering in Las Cruces
-All Sparrow species count:  3,547 (last year:  1,575)
-White-crowned Sparrow count:  2,090 (last year:  885)
-Gambel’s Quail count:  720 (last year:  499) - a new record high for our CBC
-American Pipit count:  11 (last year:  113) - a new record low for our CBC
-Green-tailed Towhee count:  49 (last year:  22) - a new record high for our CBC
-House Finch count:  1,671 (last year:  1,118) - a new record high for our CBC
-Chestnut-collared Longspur count:  120 (last year:  80) - ties record high for our CBC
-Yellow-headed Blackbird count:  2 (last year:  12) - ties record low for our CBC
-27 Species with Low Count
-21 Species with High Count
-10 unusual/rare species for our CBC:  Blue-winged Teal; Harris’s Hawk; Broad-billed Hummingbird; Broad-tailed Hummingbird; Lewis’s Woodpecker; Hammond’s Flycatcher; Plumbeous Vireo; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher; Fox Sparrow; and Bullock’s Oriole
Thanks again for a successful CBC!
Wayne Treers            cell:  528-8696
compiler/coordinator for Las Cruces CBC
Mesilla Valley Audubon Society

The 2013 Christmas Bird Count results are in.  Click on the link below to view the report.

Dec 2013 Christmas Bird Count Data

2012 Las Cruces CBC Highlights

Total species seen on the 2012 Las Cruces Christmas Bird Count was about 108, total number of individuals about 31,300.  Some brief highlights and lowlights appear below:

Low numbers of waterfowl (2nd year with no water), including no gulls, no Common Gallinule and only 3 Coots.

New record high for both Rock Pigeon (1,902) and Eurasion Collared-Dove (254).  White-winged Doves (8,198) are still the highest in the nation.

Only two hummingbirds seen; only 1 Anna’s and 1 unidentified hummer; I think we were getting spoiled the past several years with numerous Rufous and scattered Broad-taileds.

Sapsuckers - 1 Yellow-bellied (typical), but only 1 Red-naped (not typical - we usually have 5+).

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (3) hard to find, hard to find, hard to find since the deep freeze/drought of 2 years ago.

Norther Parula (1) not new for the count, but nice to see some color!

Generally low numbers and/or distribution of sparrows;  Canyon Towhee (13, near record low), Vesper Sparrow (3), Sage Sparrow (1), Lark Bunting (1), Lincoln’s Sparrow (6-no water).

But, for the first time ever we had the Zonotrichia Grand Slam:  White-throated, White-crowned, Harris’s, AND Golden-crowned Sparrow.

Finches and allies made a good showing:  House Finch (1,394), Red Crossbill (26), Pine Sisken (37), Lesser Goldfinch (147), Lawrence’s Goldfinch (2) and American Goldfinch (1)

Submitted by David Griffin


Dec 2012 Christmas Bird Count Data

Dec 2011 Christmas Bird Count Data

Dec 2009 Christmas Bird Count Data

Dec 2008 Christmas Bird Count Data