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Christmas Bird Counts

West Texas Counts

  • Balmorhea (TXBA)

    The count circle includes the state park, Phantom Springs, Balmorhea Lake, and wide open spaces around town. The count routinely records 100 species and, as with most rural counts, more observers are always welcome. If possible, please contact Mark Lockwood ahead of time of your interest in participating in the Balmorhea count. Compiler: Mark Lockwood (Mark.Lockwood@tpwd.texas.gov).

  • Big Bend National Park (East) - Rio Grande Village (TXBG)

    Birds of note seen during recent counts include: American Bittern, Sora, White-throated Swift, Green Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Sage Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher & Green-tailed Towhee. Participants always appreciated and needed. Please contact Bryan Hale at bmhale@swbell.net (cell phone: 512-426-6033) for further details.

  • Chisos Mountains (TXCM)

    Areas will be assigned. Birds of note seen during recent counts include: Golden Eagle, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Plumbeous Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Mexican Jay, Townsend's Solitaire, Sage Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher & Green-tailed Towhee. Participants always appreciated and needed. Please contact Bryan Hale at bmhale@swbell.net (cell phone: 512-426-6033) for further details.

  • Comstock (TXCO)

    Located 45 miles west of Del Rio, the count circle includes parts of the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers. Some routes on this count require a lot of walking. Please preregister. Interested persons can email compiler Mike Gleason at mgleason@stx.rr.com. Please include your phone number in your email. Your participation is appreciated.

  • Davis Mountains (TXDM)

    If you would like to participate please contact Linda Hedges, linda.k.hedges@gmail.com. The compiler is Mark Lockwood.

  • Del Rio (TXDR)

    Open to all participants. Please preregister. Interested persons can e-mail compiler Mike Gleason at mgleason@stx.rr.com. Please include your phone number in your email. Your participation is appreciated. Within the count circle there is Lake Amistad, Rio Grande River, San Felipe and Spring Creeks, Amistad Recreation Area, Laguna de Plata, and much of Del Rio.

  • El Paso (TXEP)

    If a new or returning participant, please contact the compiler, Jim Paton at jnpaton@att.net prior to the count or phone 915-585-2628 for more information about joining.

  • Guadalupe Mountains (TXGM)

    Most areas require moderate to strenuous hiking, and the weather can be snowy, wet, and windy. This count will take place under all weather conditions as long as Highway 62/180 remains open. This is one of the few places in Texas you can find Steller's Jays. Other birds of note from recent counts include: Golden Eagle, Mountain Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, Pygmy Nuthatch, Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Townsend's Solitaire, Sage and Crissal Thrashers, Green-tailed Towhee, Sage Sparrow and a variety of Dark-eyed Junco ssp.

  • Hueco Tanks (TXHT)

    Hueco Tanks Historical Site and Horizon Lake are part of the Christmas bird count circle that is centered at Hueco Tanks immediately west of Martin Canyon and 1.9 miles south of U.S. Hwy 62/180. Volunteers are needed and may join in any time that morning. Information: Richard Hermosillo at Richard.V.Hermosillo@xcelenergy.com.

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