AUDUBON 2019 Christmas Bird Count

Audubon Arizona
3131 South Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85040

Hidden Lakes (Restricted Access), Buckeye, Arizona, US (33.347, -112.576), Maricopa, Arizona, US
Dec 27, 2018 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Comments:     Gila River CBC. Area 5.
87 species (+1 other taxa)

Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)  2     1 pair spotted on east corner or east pond.
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)  90
Gadwall (Mareca strepera)  1     1 individual spotted with a group of Northern Shoveler.
American Wigeon (Mareca americana)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  46
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  16
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  8
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  1
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  12     One flock of 11 spotted flying overhead in the morning. In the evening a single male touched down on the ponds.
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  3
Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii)  16
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  12
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)  28
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)  1     Spotted a few last year as well. Infrequent but not unusual for this sight.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  30
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)  1
Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)  1     Spotted it flying past at sunset. Diagnostic white wing patches eliminate CONI.
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)  2
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  2
Sora (Porzana carolina)  4
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)  4
American Coot (Fulica americana)  60
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)  3
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)  6     There were a few exposed flats they were spotted in. Along with a few black necked stilt.
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  3
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  5
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  5
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)  253
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  40
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  188     Actual Count. CBC. Large flocks group up on the ponds here.
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)  1     Spotted in the marsh. Will attach photos later.
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)  8     Actual count. CBC. There are multiple large stands of cattail on the two ponds.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  40     Actual Count CBC. Lots of flyover GBHE using the ponds and Gila River as a corridor or roosting sight.
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  113
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  55     Actual count. CBC. About 30 or so stayed on the ponds during the day. The other 20 or so were just roosting and left in the morning.
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  16
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)  168
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  3
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  7
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Dryobates scalaris)  1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])  4
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  3
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)  4
Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)  4
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)  1
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1     1 individual spotted flying over east pond.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  1     Spotted a few here last year too. Large swallow with a forked tail.
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps)  8
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  12
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura)  18
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  7
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)  1
Crissal Thrasher (Toxostoma crissale)  3
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  12
Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri)  4
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  52
Bell's Sparrow (Artemisiospiza belli)  20     Actual count CBC. This area is a good area for Bell's Sparrow for whatever reason. Dark malar stripes and clean mantle eliminated Sagebrush Sparrow. Have a photo of one. Will attach later.
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  32
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)  21
Abert's Towhee (Melozone aberti)  24
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus)  1
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)  58
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)  27
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  629
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)  444
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)  13
Orange-crowned Warbler (lutescens) (Oreothlypis celata lutescens)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata auduboni)  22
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  34

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