In the recent past, Yuma Audubon has sponsored Audubon Adventures, the Yuma Birding & Nature Festival, and Audubon Christmas Bird Counts.
Tuesday, Feb 4 at 7:00 p.m. - "Bats" by Dr. Christa Weise, biologist for Kofa NWR.
Tuesday, Mar 11 at 7:00 p.m. - "The Birds of Chile" by Suzanne Detwiler.
Field trips are typically held the Saturday following the monthly Tuesday meeting. We carpool from the "Big Lots" parking lot (corner of 16th Str & 4th Ave.) at the times noted. Past trips have visited the Salton Sea NWR, Cibola NWR, Cienega de Santa Clara, and Palm Canyon.
Trips will include:
Saturday, Feb 15 Great Backyard Bird Count at the Yuma West Wetlands
Saturday, Mar 15 Carpool to Imperial NWR to to look waterfowl, raptors, and other birds
Field Trip Reports
14 Feb 2009: Al Borgardt reported "A good day of birding at Cibola. Total of 80 species seen. The best bird of the day was an Eastern Phoebe located near the south end of the Goose Loop. All of us enjoyed the multitude of Sandhill Cranes. A feast for the eyes." And Cody Hurlock reported to the AZ/NM bird list server: "Hello all, Our Yuma Audubon field trip to Cibola NWR on Feb. 14 was quite successful - with a total count of 80 species. The most notable being an EASTERN PHOEBE seen at the south end of the "Goose Loop" drive perched on a stalk in a recently cut/harvested corn field. We all had good looks at the bird from about 100 ft and could clearly see its whitish underparts and drabber coloration. After a few minutes it flew into a tamarisk next to the irrigation ditch on the south side of the road. Other nice birds included: Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1 near the west entrance of the nature trail Ash-throated Flycatcher - 1 along the nature trail Red-naped Sapsucker - 1 near Cibola Lake Green-tailed Towhee - 1 near Oxbow Lake Campground 2000+ Canada Goose 500+ Sandhill Crane The staff at the refuge headquarters informed us of a Worm-eating Warbler that was caught at the nature trail twice in the last month in mist nets as part of some research project. We looked and listened but didn't see the bird.
17 Jan 2009: On Jan 17 we headed out east of town. Adventurous members who came along were: Al & Helga Borgardt, Cody Hurlock, Murray Jackson, Karen Horoschuk, Jean & Terry Beasley, Michal Graber, Bob, L.D Smith, Ron & Sue Bodner, and Henry & Suzanne Detwiler. About 5 miles east and 1 mile north of Tacna we finally tracked down a pair of LeConte's Thrashers. We never heard them sing, but they were certainly interested in our taped calls. Also in the area were a few Sage Sparrows. At Quigley Waterfowl Management Area we saw the regular Abert's Towhees, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and a small flock of Sandhill Cranes in the wet fields. As we were eating lunch a Prairie Falcon swooped down close-by and snagged a sparrow or lark from the dry farm field. A second Prairie Falcon then entered the scene and tried to steal the meal from the first one. But it was unsuccessful, and they both flew off. At the Effie May riparian area a few miles west of Wellton we were rewarded by the Least Flycatcher, which has been lingering there since at least October 2008. Also there was a Spotted Towhee. After finding a few egrets and waterfowl along the Gila River we departed for home.
Christmas Bird Count