Hello All,
The Carrizo Plain CBC was held last Saturday, December 31, 2016. The weather was variable depending on where you were in the count circle. The temperatures ranged from 47-38 degrees. I thought it would warm up after I arrived at 7 a.m. but it didn’t. The winds were from calm to 25 mph SE. The cloud cover was mixed from short periods of sunshine, broken clouds, foggy, drizzle, rain, slush, and faint snow. Forty-two birders joined in the count. The total species count was 60 with 2 count week birds. We usually get totals from 55-75 species. 
Local birds of interest seen on count day included Rough-legged Hawk, Golden Eagle, Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Greater Roadrunner, Long-eared and Short-eared Owl, Mountain Bluebird, Le Conte’s Thrasher, Sage Thrasher, Phainopepla, Vesper Sparrow, and Bell’s Sparrow (just to name a few). 
When I finish inputting the data on Audubon CBC site you can view the summary bird list. The date for the 2017 Carrizo Plain CBC will be December 30th.
Thanks to all the participants for a successful and fun day of birding!
Happy Birding in 2017.
Roger Zachary
Carrizo Plain CBC Compiler