Thursday, January 31, 2013

Big January 2013 Stats and Photos

 1. Hammond's Fly-kab

 Hammond’s Flycatcher Tubac, AZ 1-13-2013

 Sunset wilcox lake-kab

Well, the sun has set on my Big January attempt and it has been my best year EVER! In spite of brutal cold weather and family crisis and the flu I still managed to get out to more places and see more birds than any other Big January Year. This is partly due to Chris Rohrer who pushed me to go birding more often and to more locations than ever before. I would say that we are both exhausted by now, but you can bet this weekend we will be out birding once again! While I would have liked to tell the stories as they were happening I am going to do things a bit backwards this time and post the stats, then tell the stories of how I got to this point.  So, for now, enjoy a few photos and look over the statistics if that interests you! The Year and month stats will be the same since this is the start of a new year. Next month that will change!

3. NOPI Whitewater-kab Northern Pintails at Whitewater Draw 1-3-2013

Life Totals 2013

Life List 2013 Life Year/Month
Total Species 435 145
Total Checklists 4939 90

 4. FEHA Kansas Settlement-kab

Ferruginous Hawk, Kansas Settlement Rd. January 3, 2013

Stats Broken Down by County:

County Life Year/Month
Pima 235 96
Santa Cruz 172 70
Cochise 159 46
Pinal 114 67

5. NOFL-kab Northern Flicker in Tubac, AZ 1-13-2013

 6. Curlews Wilcox-kab Long-billed Curlews at Lake Cochise, Wilcox, AZ 1-3-2013

7. Spot towee Florida Cyn-kab Western Spotted Towhee, Florida Canyon, AZ 1-4-13

8. HETA Madera-KAB Hepatic Tanager Madera Canyon 1-4-2013

9. Bluegnat Tumacacori-kab Blue-gray Gnatcathcer, Tumacacori NHP 1-6-13

10. WCSP Tubac-kab White-Crowned Sparrow, Tubac, 1-13-13

11. RWSP Tumacacori-kab Rufous-winged Sparrow, Tumacacori NHP 1-13-13

12. OCWA Tumacacori-kab Orange-crowned Warbler, Tumacacori NHP 1-13-13

Big January by the Years


2008/AZ 2009/AZ 2010/AZ 2011/MA 2012/MA 2013/AZ


89 107 113 55 68 145

13. Sparrows Tumacacori-kab Chipping, Lark, and White-crowned Sparrow at Tumacacori NHP

Big January 2013 Bird List in order of species seen:

(Bold type denotes a new location and/or a new date)

  1. Cooper’s Hawk-My Yard 1-1-2013
  2. Rock Pigeon
  3. Mourning Dove NOMO Tumacacori-kab
  4. Anna’s Hummingbird
  5. Common Raven
  6. Yellow-rumped Warbler 
  7. House Finch
  8. Lesser Goldfinch
  9. House Sparrow
  10. American Widgeon-Reid Park
  11. Mallard
  12. Canvasback
  13. Redhead
  14. Ring-necked duck
  15. Common merganser
  16. Pied-billed Grebe
  17. Great Blue Heron
  18. Great Egret
  19. Snowy Egret WEME Whitewater-kab
  20. Black-crowned Night Heron
  21. Red-tailed Hawk
  22. American Coot
  23. Gila Woodpecker 
  24. Northern Flicker
  25. Vermillion Flycatcher
  26. Cassin’s Kingbird
  27. Verdin
  28. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  29. Western Bluebird
  30. Curve-billed Thrasher
  31. European Starling
  32. White-crowned Sparrow
  33. Great-tailed Grackle
  34. Cactus Wren-Saguaro National Park Rincon Unit
  35. Phainopepla
  36. Black-throated Sparrow
  37. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
  38. American Kestrel-Lakeside Park 1-2-2013
  39. Say’s Phoebe
  40. Red-winged Blackbird
  41. Brewer’s Blackbird
  42. Bronzed Cowbird
  43. Brown-headed Cowbird
  44. Snow Goose-Whitewater Draw 1-3-2013
  45. Gadwall
  46. Cinnamon Teal
  47. Northern Shoveler
  48. Northern Pintail
  49. Green-winged Teal SACR Whitewater-kab
  50. Northern Harrier
  51. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  52. Sandhill Crane 
  53. Killdeer
  54. Spotted Sandpiper
  55. Greater yellowlegs
  56. Long-billed Dowitcher
  57. Barn Owl
  58. Black Phoebe
  59. Marsh Wren
  60. Brewer’s Sparrow
  61. Lark Bunting
  62. Savannah Sparrow
  63. Song Sparrow
  64. Pyrrhuloxia
  65. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  66. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  67. Greater Roadrunner
  68. Loggerhead Shrike
  69. Eastern Meadowlark
  70. Western Meadowlark
  71. Ferruginous Hawk-Kansas Settlement Road
  72. Vesper sparrow
  73. Ruddy Duck-Kansas Settlement Faria Dairy Pond
  74. Long-billed Curlew**-Lake Cochise, Wilcox
  75. Chihuahuan Raven-South Nogales Highway 1-4-2013
  76. Northern Mockingbird-Whitehouse Canyon Road
  77. Acorn Woodpecker-Florida Canyon (lower) NOCA Tumacacori-kab
  78. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  79. Mexican Jay
  80. Rock Wren 
  81. Bewick’s Wren
  82. Hermit Thrush
  83. Green-tailed Towhee
  84. Spotted Towhee
  85. Black-chinned Sparrow
  86. Northern Cardinal
  87. Bridled Titmouse-Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Lodge
  88. White-breasted Nuthatch
  89. Chipping Sparrow
  90. Dark-eyed Junco
  91. Yellow-eyed Junco
  92. Hepatic Tanager
  93. Pine Siskin
  94. Magnificent Hummingbird-Madera Canyon Kubo B&B
  95. Canada Goose-Kennedy Park, Tucson
  96. Western Grebe
  97. Hooded merganser-Sam Lena Park and KERP
  98. Costa’s Hummingbird-My Yard 1-5-2013
  99. Red-naped Sapsucker-Tumacacori NHP 1-6-2013
  100. Gilded Flicker
  101. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  102. Black Vulture-Rio Rico
  103. Turkey Vulture
  104. Gambel’s Quail-private backyard in Tucson 1-9-13
  105. Broad-billed Hummingbird
  106. Lesser scaup-Amado Wastewater Treatment Plant 1-13-2013
  107. Hammond’s flycatcher-Ron Morris Park, Tubac Merlin Rio Rico-kab
  108. Gray Flycatcher
  109. American Robin
  110. Orange-crowned Warbler
  111. Abert’s Towhee
  112. Swamp Sparrow
  113. Golden Eagle-Tumacacori NHP
  114. Hutton’s Vireo
  115. Rufous-winged sparrow
  116. Lark Sparrow
  117. Least Sandpiper-Rio Rico
  118. Merlin
  119. Pacific Loon*-Christopher Columbus Park, Tucson 1-19-2013
  120. Neotropic Cormorant
  121. Creasted Caracara-Red Rocks Feedlot
  122. Horned Lark
  123. Common Yellowthroat
  124. Lincoln’s Sparrow
  125. White-winged Dove-Santa Cruz Flats Travel Count
  126. Common Ground Dove LESA rio rico-kab
  127. Burrowing Owl
  128. White-throated Swift
  129. Prairie Falcon
  130. Bendire’s Thrasher*
  131. American Pipit
  132. Chestnut Collared Longspur**
  133. Sage Sparrow**
  134. Eared Grebe-Arizona City Lake
  135. Black-necked Stilt
  136. Inca Dove
  137. Great Horned Owl
  138. Wood Duck-Roger Road WRF 1-24-2013
  139. Harris Hawk
  140. Bufflehead-Sweetwater Wetlands
  141. Wilson’s Warbler
  142. Wild Turkey-Madera Canyon 1-25-2013
  143. Belted Kingfisher-Christopher Columbus Park 1-30-2013
  144. Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
  145. Tree Swallow

*Life Bird, (2 new species)

**Arizona Life Bird (5 species new to my AZ Life List)

SASP Whitewater Draw-kab Savannah Sparrow, Whitewater Draw 1-3-2013


  1. Kathie this is amazing! Your passion for birding and skills at photography are an inspiration. What an awesome start to the year. You doubled last year's count. Chris and you make a great team. Congrats on 2013's Big January!

  2. Wow, a great start to a great year I think! Love the pics. Looking forward to the posts.

    1. Kathryn, I really hope to work on them today. I still have more photos to offload and process. Once that's done the rest is easy!

  3. Well, looking at your stats, its a good job you are back in AZ Kathie.

    1. Roy, it's much easier to bird when it is warmer and there is no snow!

  4. Great photos and an impressive list Kathie! For all the ups and downs, it looks like it was indeedily a great month of birding!

    1. Laurence, we had fun and we went all over but we did not get that rufous-capped warbler in Florida Canyon!

  5. Wow! What a great start to the year! Congratulations.

  6. Impressive stats for January Kathie .. with a few on the list I've never heard of before. Makes my 74 (Surrey list) look quite meager.

  7. You are rockin Kathie! Congrats on getting so many birds in January.

    ~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)

  8. Kathie, impressive January list. Congrats, you are an inspiration to other birders! Happy birding and have a great weekend!

  9. Congrats Kathie! Super big January list! You and Chris make a great team! sit back and relax a while


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