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Heber-Overgaard, YardList

Heber/Overgaard, Arizona, is located on the Colorado Plateau above the Mogollon Rim in the transition between ponderosa pine and pinyon-juniper woodlands. Our yard is technically in Heber, although if you are travelling down the 260 there is one sign that points west to Heber (supposedly 1 mile away) and another sign in approximately the same location that points east to Overgaard (supposedly 2 miles away)! I guess we're in no man's land. :)

Our yard is a 1/2 acre in size and has several large ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) in addition to small and medium sized pines. We also have scattered clumps of oneseed junipers (Juniperus monosperma), alligator junipers (Juniperus deppeana), and skunkbushes (=three-leaf sumac) (Rhus trilobata). There is a meadow on the adjacent land with various native grasses, forbs, and a few Mexican cliffroses (Cowania mexicana). There are some exotic invasives on our property that we are trying to eradicate, primarily cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and white sweetclovers (Melilotus alba). We are currently planting many native trees, shrubs, and forbs. Hopefully the native landscaping will bring in even more birds over time.

Our backyard has a mounted platform seed feeder, a ground-level bird bath, a ball feeder (sunflower seeds), a log feeder with holes and cracks that we shove suet in, a suet feeder, and a hummingbird feeder (we only have our hummingbird feeders out from ~ April to October due to freezing temperatures and lack of hummers in the winter). On the sliver of yard on the north side of our cabin we have two thistle socks (we take them in when it snows or rains), a corn feeder, a water dispenser in the crook of some branches in our largest (medium-sized) alligator juniper, and two ground-level bird baths. We also scatter seed on the ground near the edge of the large oneseed juniper clump. The more shy birds like feeding in this location. Out front we have two sunflower seed feeders (one is a cylindrical feeder, the other a 2-liter bottle with a screw on perch/feeder attachment), one cylindrical thistle feeder, a ground-level half-log that we place mixed seed on, a ground-level bird bath, a re-circulating fountain that we have rocks stacked on top of and two dish/bird baths placed on top of (we only have this out during the warmer months), two hummingbird feeders, a house-shaped feeder that we usually put unshelled peanuts in, and a suet feeder. We also put out orange halves (& sometimes apple halves) on our pines and shelled peanuts on the ground near our other feeders.

We have a good view from our yard and have seen several raptor species fly over or nearby (visible from yard). Also, dumpsters from a nearby gas station are visible and once I saw a Ring-billed Gull fly up from them. There are also a few snags in neighboring yards that are visible.

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2008 list:

(21 birds)

2007 list:

(5 birds)

2006 list:

(9 birds)

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Pinyon Jays 


Slate-colored Junco (uncommon ssp. in winter here)