Central Texas Counts
December 14, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Austin (TXAU): 12/15
- Balcones Canyonlands (TXBC): 12/17
- Bastrop-Buescher State Park (TXBB): 1/1
- Bell County (TXBU)
- Boerne (TXBO)
- Burnet County (TXBN): 1/4
- Choke Canyon (TXCK)
- College Station (TXCS): 12/15
- Crawford (Western Waco) (TXCR): 12/15
- Ft. Clark Springs-Brackettville (TXFB)
- Georgetown-Andice (TXGT)
- Gibbons Creek (TXGC): 12/20
- Granger (TXGR)
- Kerrville (TXKV): 12/28
- Lost Pines (TXLP)
- Love Creek (TXLC): 12/19
- New Braunfels (TXNB): 12/30
- Palmetto State Park (TXPM)
- San Antonio (TXST): 12/16
- San Marcos: 12/16
- Uvalde County (TXUC): 12/15
- Waco (TXWA): 12/29
- West Kerr County (TXWK)
- Westcave Preserve (TXWP)
Austin (TXAU): 12/15
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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 email@example.com or visit the Austin CBC website. The Austin CBC website has maps, photo gallery and other important resources.
Balcones Canyonlands (TXBC): 12/17
Monday, December 17, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to participate. Compilers are working to get information uploaded to the friendsofbalcones.org website
Bastrop-Buescher State Park (TXBB): 1/1
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
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 email@example.com 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 Tom Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom has participated in this count since its inception in 1983 and has been compiler for several years.
Remember to dress in layers; bring water, warm drink and a snack in case your group does not stop for lunch at a local eatery. Section results can be brought to the count-down dinner, emailed to the compiler or mailed, if necessary. We would like to increase the number of feeder watcher and encourage everyone with feeders in the circle to participate. Contact the compiler, BettySue Dunn at email@example.com for further details and for availability as most teams are full and do not meet at a local gathering point but go directly to their count area. A waiting list will be maintained by the compiler on a first come basis in case there are cancellations (there are usually a few). We are in need of feeder watchers in the count circle. If you live in the count circle or know someone who does, and you/they are willing to participate as a feeder watcher please contact the compiler. Also, we are in need of additional owl prowls within the count circle. If you are familiar with owls in the area please contact the compiler.
Burnet County (TXBN): 1/4
Friday, January 4, 2019
Come join us for the 119th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com if interested for further details.
College Station (TXCS): 12/15
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (cell 979-324-6654).
Crawford (Western Waco) (TXCR): 12/15
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Open to all participants. Please preregister with Annette Jones (email@example.com) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Gibbons Creek (TXGC): 12/20
Thursday, December 20, 2018 (back-up date Friday, December 28)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
Kerrville (TXKV): 12/28
Friday, December 28, 2018
The Kerrville Count will be Friday December 28th, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all birders! LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Bastrop County Audubon Society and TPWD's Lost Pines Master Naturalists invite birding enthusiasts to join them for the Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count. The count circle is located in Bastrop County between the Bastrop CBC and Austin CBC circles and just a bit to the north. Areas include McKinney Roughs, Hyatt Lost Pines, Webberville, Utley, numerous rural areas around Elgin, many area county roads and neighborhoods that include Crystal Lake, Bluebonnet Acres, Wilbarger Bend, Union Chapel and Young's Prairie Road. The count also encompasses miles of the lower Colorado River. If you'd like to participate, please contact the compiler, Nicholas Cowey at email@example.com.
Love Creek (TXLC): 12/19
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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): 12/30
Sunday, December 30, 2018
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 713-417-1309 (cell).
San Antonio (TXST): 12/16
Sunday, December 16, 2018
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 email@example.com if interested for further details.
San Marcos: 12/16
Sunday, December 16, 2018
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org), and the count is sponsored by The Ornithological Society at Texas State University.
Uvalde County (TXUC): 12/15
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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, email@example.com, for more information.
Waco (TXWA): 12/29
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Open to all participants. Please preregister with Annette Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 and groups are already formed so contact Bill Lindemann, at email@example.com. 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.
Westcave Preserve (TXWP)
Practice your birding skills while taking part in the Westcave Preserve Christmas Bird Count. The count area includes Westcave, Hamilton Pool and Reimers Ranch Preserves, part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, the Shield Ranch and portions of the Pedernales River, Colorado River and Lake Travis. Good numbers and a wide variety of sparrows, wrens and towhees are regularly seen. Any level of interest is acceptable. Please contact compiler Jane Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested for further details.