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Christmas Bird Counts

Central Texas Counts

December 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux, webmaster@houstonaudubon.org
For counts which have no dates, the descriptions are from the previous year.

  • Austin (TXAU): 12/14

    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    The Austin CBC circle is centered at McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin and covers a wide variety of both mixed urban and rural habitats. If you are interested or would like to participate in this year's Austin CBC please contact Tyler Miloy at austincbc@gmail.com for more information and to preregister. The Austin CBC is held on the first Saturday of the count window.

  • Balcones Canyonlands (TXBC): 12/16

    Monday, December 16, 2019
    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 or Bridget Bradshaw at balconescbc@gmail.com with questions or to participate.

  • Bastrop-Buescher State Park (TXBB): 1/1

    Wednesday, January 1, 2020
    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 bastroptxcbc@gmail.com with questions or to register. Thank you for participating in this important citizen-science project! This count is usually scheduled on January 1.

  • Bell County (TXBU): 12/14

    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    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 Ann Everett, everett.maryann4@gmail.com

  • Boerne (TXBO): 1/2

    Thursday, January 2, 2020
    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 bebsd@hotmail.com.

  • Burnet County (TXBN): 1/3

    Friday, January 3, 2020
    Come join us for the 121st 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 kay.zagst@gmail.com for details on participating.

  • Choke Canyon (TXCK): 12/20

    Friday, December 20, 2019
    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 psunby@swca.com 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 bavermeire@suddenlink.net (cell 979-324-6654).

  • Crawford (Western Waco) (TXCR): 12/14

    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    Open to all participants. Please preregister with Annette Jones (plawaco@aol.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, mxdowej7@gmail.com for more information.

  • Georgetown-Andice (TXGT): 12/14

    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    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 birded78@suddenlink.net

  • Gibbons Creek (TXGC): 12/19

    Thursday, December 19, 2019
    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 dvollert1967@yahoo.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 (TXGR)

    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 drbirdie@aol.com.

  • Kerrville (TXKV): 12/28

    Saturday, December 28, 2019
    We'll meet at 7 AM at Starbucks. 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, crystalledezma@gmail.com

  • Lost Pines (TXLP): 12/28

    Saturday, December 28, 2019
    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. Contact for more information: Nicholas Cowey, nicholas.cowey@lcra.org

  • Love Creek (TXLC): 12/18

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019
    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 Country's 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. If you want to sign up, please contact Crystal Ledezma at crystalledezma@gmail.com.

  • New Braunfels (TXNB): 12/29

    Sunday, December 29, 2019
    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. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact the count coordinator, Lynn Thompson, at lthompson54@satx.rr.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 dwayne_rogers@comcast.net, 713-417-1309 (cell).

  • Round Rock: 12/28 NEW COUNT!

    Saturday, December 28, 2019
    Round Rock, TX will have its first annual CBC this year, on Saturday, December 28. The Round Rock CBC circle is centered at the intersection of IH35 and TX45 on the border of Travis and Williamson counties, and covers a range of suburban lakes and greenbelts and semi-rural habitats. If you are interested or would like to participate in the first official Round Rock CBC, please contact Andrew Dickinson at dickinap@gmail.com.

  • San Antonio (TXST): 12/15

    Sunday, December 15, 2019
    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 naturenut7@hotmail.com if interested for further details.

  • San Marcos (TXSM): 12/15

    Sunday, December 15, 2019
    The San Marcos Christmas Bird Count is open to any and all levels of birdwatchers 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. Most section leaders are previous or current students at Texas State University, giving this count a "youthful pep" unlike others in the area. In previous years, this CBC has uncovered some rare species for San Marcos, including Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, White-tailed Hawk, and Sora, among others! Compiler for the circle is Rebekah Rylander ( rebekah.j.rylander@gmail.com).

  • Uvalde County (TXUC): 12/14

    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    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, mgfrank@tamu.edu, for more information.

  • Waco (TXWA): 12/28

    Saturday, December 28, 2019
    Open to all participants. Please preregister with Annette Jones (plawaco@aol.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): 12/30

    Monday, December 30, 2019
    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 billin2@beecreek.net for details about count.

  • Westcave Preserve (TXWP): 12/17

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    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 jane@westcave.org. Early morning meeting will be at the McDonald's in Bee Cave on Hwy 71 at 6:30 a.m. for last minute assignments. Weather will be unpredictable but this is a rain or shine activity. Be prepared!

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