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Christmas Bird Counts in New Mexico
In my capacity as regional editor for Christmas Bird Counts in
the state of New Mexico, my duties are to review records for all
counts in the state and to write a brief synopsis of each year's
Guidelines for compilers
It is not necessary to send me the actual census; enter it at
compiler site and I'll get it from there.
Please send details of unusual species directly to me by snail or e-mail:
- John W. Shipman, 507 Fitch St. NW, Socorro, 87801
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions from
To get a Web page showing the complete history of any count
circle in the state, see the CBC history
report request page. It shows every bird ever counted in
that circle, as well as the mean and standard deviation of the
numbers for each bird. You can get the report as Web pages or
as a PDF.
Species of special concern
I freely admit that I am not as active in the field as I once
was. I rely on a number of professional ornithologists and
active field birders for current information, especially Sandy
Williams, Christopher Rustay, John Parmeter, and Jerry
Oldenettel, but I am responsible for the final decisions.
There are a number of species for which these experts feel
I should always ask for strong evidence—detailed
writeups, if not photos.
- Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal reports in the north without
details will be changed to “teal sp.”
- Separating Yellow-shafted Flicker from hybrids with
Red-shafted is never easy, and in some cases may be
impossible without DNA testing.
- If any species of Empidonax flycatcher is reported
without details, I will automatically change it to
- Blue-gray and Black-tailed gnatcatcher populations outside
the southeast corner of the state are in flux, so please
- Some authorities dispute any winter record of
- All undescribed Common Grackle records north of I-40 will be
changed to “grackle sp.”
- Please do not report exotic species that are not
established, such as Greylag Goose, domestic duck hybrids,
Chukar, and Ringed Turtle-Dove.
List of first occurrences
New Mexico Christmas Bird Count first records
Documentation of rarities
Here are some photos of unusual birds from previous years.
See also: Computer applications in wildlife science
Previous: The Christmas Bird Count database project
John W. Shipman,
Last updated: 2013/06/15 19:25:40