Central Texas Counts
December 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux, email@example.com
For counts which have no dates, the descriptions are from the previous year.
- Austin (TXAU)
- Balcones Canyonlands (TXBC)
- Bastrop-Buescher State Park (TXBB)
- Bell County (TXBU)
- Boerne (TXBO)
- Burnet County (TXBN)
- Choke Canyon (TXCK)
- College Station (TXCS)
- Crawford (Western Waco) (TXCR)
- Ft. Clark Springs-Brackettville (TXFB)
- Georgetown-Andice (TXGT)
- Gibbons Creek (TXGC)
- Granger (TXGR)
- Kerrville (TXKV)
- Lost Pines (TXLP)
- Love Creek (TXLC)
- New Braunfels (TXNB)
- Palmetto State Park (TXPM)
- San Antonio (TXST)
- San Marcos (TXSM)
- Uvalde County (TXUC)
- Waco (TXWA)
- West Kerr County (TXWK)
- Westcave Preserve (TXWP)
The Austin CBC circle is centered at McKinney Falls State Park, in SE Austin, and covers a wide variety of habitats. We also are looking for people who live within the circle area that can report on activity at their bird feeders. Please contact us if you can participate as a feeder watcher, we would love to have your data. If you would like to participate in this year's Austin CBC, please contact Tyler Miloy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Austin CBC website. The Austin CBC website has maps, photo gallery and other important resources.
Balcones Canyonlands (TXBC)
This count has enjoyed steady growth in participation over the past few years, and as a result our species total has continued to climb as well. We would love to continue this trend - more eyes in the field gives a better view of the birds life there. The Balcones CBC is sponsored by the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The circle includes all the tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area (see map on our website). We need many birders of all skill levels to adequately survey the birds in the circle area to find all of the expected species and the rare species visiting the area. We would especially like to have some feeder watchers this year, so if you live within the circle and have bird feeders, please participate. Send an email to Andrew Eberly at email@example.com with questions or to participate. Compilers are working to get information uploaded to the friendsofbalcones.org website
Bastrop-Buescher State Park (TXBB)
Shelia Hargis is the count compiler. Counting birds in Bastrop is the perfect way to bring in the new year! Many birders are needed to adequately survey the birds in the circle area to find all of the expected species and the rare species visiting the area. Shelia would like to have some feeder watchers also, so if you live within the circle and have bird feeders, please participate. For more specific information about the Bastrop CBC including a map showing the count circle, check out the website at www.bastropcbc.com. Email Shelia Hargis
at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register. Thank you for participating in this important citizen-science project!
Bell County (TXBU)
Sponsored by Twin Lakes Audubon Society, the count is open to anyone. Some of the more interesting birds that could be found this year include Mountain Plovers, three species of Longspurs, Mountain Bluebird, and almost certainly the Sage Thrasher. We appreciate anyone participating in the count, even new birders who wish to learn some field identifications of birds. Contact: Mary Everett, email@example.com
A few teams will meet at 7:30 AM in Boerne - site to be determined, but most teams will meet in the field. Most team leaders restrict their teams to 4 individuals, or less. Assignments to team will be finalized at the meeting in Boerne for the few not assigned earlier. Contact compiler to inquire if openings are still available for the current year. New participants may want to bring a sack lunch/snack in case their count team does not stop for lunch at a local restaurant. We will meet for dinner at 5pm at Hungry Horse Restaurant in Boerne where "bragging rights" for best bird will be determined after hearing what all teams observed. Those wishing to be placed on a waiting list should an opening occur on one of the teams should contact Betty Sue Dunn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Burnet County (TXBN)
Come join us for the 120th Christmas Bird Count season!! The Burnet CBC circle is centered slightly west of Burnet in the Texas Hill Country. The count circle includes Lakes Buchanan and Inks Lake as well as large ranches, grasslands, mixed hardwood forests and a national fish hatchery. We count birds at Inks Lake State Park, on private property including Eagles Wings Retreat Center and Reveille Peak Ranch, in rural subdivisions and along county roads. Species highlights—and definite rarities—in the past have included a Long-tailed Duck, Zone-tailed Hawk, Long-billed Curlew and Golden Eagle. We probably won’t get those rarities but we can have 41 species of waterfowl, herons, egrets, sandpipers and gulls, 12 species of raptors and 19 species of sparrows. You will be assigned to a team and your team leader will advise you where to meet. All are invited to the countdown afterwards at The Trailblazer Grille, 216 S. Main Street (on the courthouse square) in Burnet. Please contact compiler Kay Zagst at email@example.com for details on participating.
Choke Canyon (TXCK)
Covering Choke Canyon State Park, the reservoir, and surrounding scrub, fields, and woodlands, this count offers a high diversity of waterbirds, raptors, and sparrows, and easy access to many "South Texas" specialties. Coverage of the count circle is arranged prior to count day. Groups are assigned the night before, and each group is responsible for getting themselves going in the morning, so there is no pre-count meeting and no "official" start time other than "first light". A countdown dinner is held after the count to tally the species seen. Please contact compiler Paul Sunby at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested for further details.
College Station (TXCS)
Open to all participants. Highlights of recent counts include Pyrrhuloxia (2015) and the U.S. high count of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (2008). Anyone interested should contact the compiler, Betty Vermeire at email@example.com (cell 979-324-6654).
Crawford (Western Waco) (TXCR)
Open to all participants. Please preregister with Annette Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to participate in this count. We hope to field 8 teams in the count circle. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Bosque Square shopping center at the corner of Hwy 6 and Bosque Blvd. This is near where the Hwy 6 Twin Bridges cross Lake Waco. Find more information on the Central Texas Audubon Society website.
Ft. Clark Springs-Brackettville (TXFB)
Fort Clark is a beautiful place to bird. We hope to have a count next year. Please contact Glenda McDowell, email@example.com for more information.
This central Texas CBC is located about 30 miles north of Austin and covers areas mostly west of IH-35 with a small part of the circle to the east allowing for some eastern habitat as well as Hill Country habitat. Some of the birding areas include Lake Georgetown, Berry Springs county park, San Gabriel Park and trails, and numerous county roads. All levels of birders welcome. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Ed Rozenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gibbons Creek (TXGC)
The count circle is located in Grimes County and encompasses Gibbons Creek Reservoir, the TMPA reclamation area(lakes, ponds, grasslands, woodlands), and the small communities of Anderson, Carlos, Keith, Singleton, Shiro, and Roans Prairie. The tree species in the circle are comprised mostly of hardwoods, but there are pines in the eastern portion of the circle. Waterfowl, long-legged wading birds, raptors, shorebirds, grassland birds, and woodland birds are encountered within the count circle. I'm hoping for another rarity like the Long-tailed Duck we had on TMPA property last December! Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara, Cave Swallow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Sprague's Pipit, Henslow's Sparrow, and Harris's Sparrow are some of the species encountered on count day. Some of the rarities found within the count circle include Cinnamon Teal, Golden Eagle, Long-eared Owl, Ringed Kingfisher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Sage Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, and Evening Grosbeak. Everyone is welcomed to participate. Novice birders will be grouped with experienced birders. If you are interested in participating in the count, please send the compiler, Darrell Vollert, an e-mail at email@example.com, or call him at 979-251-4986. Participants will be e-mailed a map of the count circle with the territories defined. Participants will also receive the tabulation form, compilation form, rare bird documentation form, and a CBC form via e-mail or snail mail.
Granger Lake in Williamson County is approximately 35 miles northeast of Austin. This is an important wintering habitat for many prairie species such as Mountain Plover, longspurs, Burrowing and Short-eared Owl, and Sprague's Pipit, with 20 species of sparrows documented on the count. The Granger CBC area offers diverse habitat, and participants will have the opportunity to count open farmland, freshwater, riparian woodland, and Blackland Prairie habitat. If you are interested in participating this year, please contact compiler Byron Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll meet at 7 AM at Starbucks. We will meet to review and eat dinner at 5:30 PM at El Bracero. Please email to RSVP if you would like to count with us, all levels welcome! I will also go owling before 7 AM, let me know if you would like to join for that as well. Crystal Ledezma, email@example.com
This CBC is located in Bastrop County between the Bastrop CBC and Austin CBC circles and just a bit to the north. This count is a community collaboration between the Lower Colorado River Authority, Bastrop Audubon Society and the Lost Pines Master Naturalists. The count will include the properties of McKinney Roughs, Hyatt Lost Pines, Webberville, Utley, numerous rural areas around Elgin, many area county roads and neighborhoods including Crystal Lake, Bluebonnet Acres, Wilbarger Bend, Union Chapel and Young's Prairie Road. The count also encompasses miles of the lower Colorado River. Count starts at 6 am at McKinney Roughs Visitor Center. Plan to arrive by 5:30 am to meet up with your count group. Countdown will take place at 6:00 pm at the McKinney Roughs Visitors Center. Register online at https://goo.gl/fxDmvU. Contact for more information: Nicholas Cowey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Creek (TXLC)
This count in Bandera Co. includes The Nature Conservancy's Love Creek Preserve and TPWD's Lost Maples SNA. The count as its name applies includes the awesome Love Creek Preserve, normally closed to the public. It also includes the famous Lost Maples SNA, including its newest acreage addition. It also includes at least 20 private ranches, with more to add in the future. We invite you to participate. We especially need more experienced birders, particularly those that might be interested in serving as a team leader, but all are welcome to join!! There is huge territory to cover so the more the better! The NW Bandera county location will feature some of the Texas Hill Countries finest birding habitats. High ridges, low canyon valleys, valley grasslands, and oak and mixed forest, many creeks and minor rivers, small lakes and stock ponds, should yield a nice variety of Hill Country birds. All participants are invited to enjoy a wonderful chili dinner following their day chasing birds. If you want to sign up, please contact Rebecca Neill at email@example.com. Rebecca may have limited housing available on a first come-first serve basis for volunteers interested in helping. Please contact her for details.
New Braunfels (TXNB)
The Comal County birders invite you to share the fun of counting birds around New Braunfels on our annual count. Areas covered include Landa Park, Cypress Bend Park, the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, fields near the NB airport, ponds, creeks, prairie, and subdivisions. The circle, centered on the county courthouse, is broken into 5 areas. Compiler is David Sarkozi, fresh from his big year. Countdown dinner is at TJ's Restaurant on Loop 337. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact the count coordinator, Lynn Thompson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palmetto State Park (TXPM)
I would encourage all those who bird the area or want to explore a new area to join us. The count circle offers an interesting mix of birds that include Zone-tailed Hawks that have been seen in and around the park over the last couple of years. If you are interested in helping with the count, please let me know at your earliest convenience. For more information and a copy of the count circle please contact compiler Dwayne Rogers at email@example.com, 713-417-1309 (cell).
San Antonio (TXST)
The circle is located in the south part of Bexar County and has some good habitat. This count can be very interesting, as we get a great mix of eastern, western and southern birds. Please contact compiler Dahn Windhorn at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested for further details.
San Marcos (TXSM)
The San Marcos Christmas Bird Count is open to any and all level of bird watchers and nature enthusiasts! Teams will be assigned an area of the count circle and can participate for a half day or full day, depending upon their schedule and abilities. Last year we uncovered some surprise species for the area, including White-tailed Hawk, Sora, Sedge Wren and Great Kiskadee, among others! Compiler for the circle is Rebekah Rylander ( email@example.com), and the count is sponsored by The Ornithological Society at Texas State University.
Uvalde County (TXUC)
Come join us...a very good count in past... always some surprises in the past such as Audubon's Oriole; White-tailed Kite; Anhinga at Cook's Slough; always have some nice valley type birds...Green Jays and Great Kiskadees add to the colorful scene. Contact compiler: Maureen Frank, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Open to all participants. Please preregister with Annette Jones (email@example.com) if you want to participate in this count. We typically field at least 6 teams in the count circle. Meet at 7:45 AM at the parking lot of Equipment Depot located on New Road at Exit 331 on Interstate 35 (northbound side). Find more information on the Central Texas Audubon Society website.
West Kerr County (TXWK)
All skills are welcome. Birds seen in the past are Hooded Merganser, Zone-tailed Hawk, Western Screech owl and Red-breasted Sapsucker. Dress in layers, bring snacks and water. Contact Bill Lindemann, at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about count.
Westcave Preserve (TXWP)
This is a wonderful circle with a wide range of habitat. Depending on your special interests, you might ask to be assigned to lake, prairie or woodland. Several parks and private ranches open their gates to CBC participants on this special day. If interested in participating, please contact Jane Jones by email email@example.com or go to http://westcave.org/events/westcave-christmas-bird-count and register online. Early morning meeting will be at the McDonald's in Bee Cave on Hwy 71 at 6:30 a.m. for last minute assignments. The tally rally will be at Rosie's Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. just West of 620 on HWY 71 in Bee Cave. Weather will be unpredictable but this is a rain or shine activity. Be prepared!