In 2011 there were 336 bird species recorded on eBird for Yavapai County. In the last 10 years since we have been here 52 birds have been added and now there are 388 species. It is also interesting to see that some of NAAS members have 1st Yavapai records. The oldest I found were Pacific Wren and Lawrence’s Goldfinch found by Terry Blows in Dec 1992 and he does not live in Yavapai. Janie Agyagos had the 1st Yellow-billed Cuckoo in June 1994. Tom Linda (who also does not live in Yavapai) had super records of Baltimore Oriole June 1997, Brant April 1998, American Tree Sparrow Feb 2005, Barrow’s Goldeneye Dec 2006. Suzy Clemens had the 1st Ruddy Ground Dove in Nov 2002 and it was on Disney Lane back when she lived just down the street from where we live now. John Hildebrand had the 1st Black-bellied Plover in April 2012 and we missed it by an hour. Nanette & I had only ever Blue-throated Mountain Gem (was Blue-throated Hummingbird at the time) in Oct 2012 and our son took pictures submitted to AZFO. Stewart Boots had the 1st Bobolink June 2013 and unfortunately I was not at the computer and it was gone the next morning. Sam Hough & I had 1st Sanderling April 2014 and Sam & I & Nanette had 1st Sabine’s Gull Sept 2014. According to eBird Nanette & I have the 1st White-eyed Vireo Sept. 2015. Now this is wrong as we went there because someone else reported it, but apparently whoever did, did not do eBird. So eBird is not always the whole truth. Vic Nelson had 1st Red-throated Loon with his Washington friend Dec 2016. Vic also had the 1st Louisiana Waterthrush Jan, 2017. It was seen by many and returned the following year. Mark Phillipart had the 1st Eastern Kingbird Aug 2017. Nobody else got to see it, but thankfully Tim Weber found another that a few got to see. Rob Gibbs had 1st Yellow-throated Warbler Jan 2020 seen by everyone. And I had the 1st Red Phalarope Nov 2020. There are more possibilities, so who will be next to find a new Yavapai bird on the way to 400?
Editor Note: In addition to being our expert birder in Yavapai County, Rich seems to be our birding historian as well and NAAS is indebted to him.