Results of 65th Monte Vista NWR Christmas Bird Count released

Red-tailed Hawk photographed by John Rawinski.

MONTE VISTA — The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge held its annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 17, 2022, in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado.

Fourteen people (five teams) spent a total of 7 party hours and covered over 220 miles on the count. Weather conditions during the day were brisk with sunny skies and no wind. The day started out at 8 degrees below xero farenheit and rose to a balmy 31°F.

The teams covered most of the 176 square miles of circle. This year’s numbers were average. A total of 48 species were documented and 2,379 individuals, which is low. Sixty-three species is still the record. Best birds were Ferrugious Hawk, Prairie Falcon, and Cassin’s Finch. A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen during count week.

 

The information was sent to the National Audubon to be included in the National Christmas Bird Count. Via website (www.audubon.org/bird/cbc/) people can access and see counts from previous years. Audubon also has a new tool called “Where Have All the Birds Gone” — www.audubon.org/conservation/where-have-all-birds-gone.

“Thank you to all of you who helped with this year’s count, see you next year on Dec. 16, 2023. Encourage all backyard feeder watchers to participate next year,” officials stated.

The following is a summary list of species and individual numbers of each that were documented during the 2022 event:

 

 

 

American Coot

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

72

Peregrine Falcon

1

American Crow

22

European Starling

502

Pine Sisk1n

1

American Goldfinch

16

Ferruginous Hawk

1

Prairie Falcon

2

American Kestrel

5

Great Blue Heron

1

Red-breasted Nuthatch

10

American Tree Sparrow

26

Great Horned Owl

11

Red-tailed Hawk

39

American Wigeon

30

Green-wing Teal

3

Red-winged Blackbird

138

Bald Eagle

5

Horned Lark

94

Rock Pigeon

88

Belted Kingfisher

1

House Finch

71

Rough-legged Hawk

4

Black-billed Magpie

161

House Sparrow

524

Song Sparrow

48

Black-capped Chickadee

7

Mallard

58

Steller's Jay

20

Brewer's Blackbird

22

Marsh Wren

2

Townsend's Solitaire

2

Canada Goose

257

Mountain Chickadee

16

Western Meadowlark

4

Cassin's Finch

1

Mourning Dove

1

White-breasted Nuthatch

5

Clark's Nutcracker

10

Northern Flicker

11

White-crowned sparrow

6

Common Raven

41

Northern Harrier

6

Yellow-headed blackbird

1

Dark-eyed Junco

32

Northern Shrike

1

Yellow-rumped Warbler

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