Christmas Bird Count Results for Rio Fernando Park

Christmas Bird Count Results for Rio Fernando Park

On a very cold December 18, 2018 our buddies Steve Knox and Robert Templeton lead a group of volunteers through Rio Fernando Park as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. The crew reported 143 individuals of 10 different species on their brief pass through the area.

Cedar Waxwing – Rio Fernando Park – December 2018

As you already know we have an impressive number of birds and species coming through the park during the year. Fred Baca Park, immediately adjacent to Rio Fernando Park, is considered one of the top birding sites in our part of the state. It wont be too long before, thanks in part to our restoration work on the property, Rio Fernando Park will be considered one of the premier birding sites too!

Listen to our conversation with Steve and Robert on our podcast – What is so interesting about birds, anyway?

Northern Flicker – Rio Fernando Park – December 2018

Here are the results from the 2018 Christmas Bird Count at Rio Fernando Park in Taos, New Mexico:

  • Eurasian collard dove – 16
  • Northern flicker – 2
  • Black-billed magpie – 3
  • American crow – 85
  • Common raven – 1
  • Black-capped chickadee – 1
  • American robin – 16
  • European starling – 13
  • Cedar waxwing – 5
  • Song sparrow – 1
Townsend Solitaire – Rio Fernando Park – December 2018

Western Blue Bird – Rio Fernando Park – December 2018

We will have an update on the restoration work coming up soon!

Happy New Year all!


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Jim O'Donnell

Jim was born and raised in southern Colorado. He obtained both a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. After ten years as an archaeologist and Jim served as the lead organizer for the Coalition for the Valle Vidal and after as the Northern Director for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Today Jim works part time as a freelance journalist, conservation photographer and our communications lead. He is the author of “Notes for the Aurora Society” and leads yearly photography workshops to Havana, Cuba.

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