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Christmas Bird Counts

Central Texas Counts

December 14, 2020 - January 5, 2021

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. Because of the pandemic, dates are tentative. Please check with the compiler for the latest updates.

  • Austin (TXAU): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    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): 12/14

    Monday, December 14, 2020
    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 Brad James and Lori Malloy at balconescbc@gmail.com with questions or to participate.

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

    Friday, January 1, 2021
    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)

    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)

    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. 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)

    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. Please contact compiler Kay Zagst at kay.zagst@gmail.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 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): 12/19 - tentative

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Notes: Due to the pandemic, the date is tentative and subject to change. There will be no meeting in advance and all coverage teams will be set in advance. The count will depend on solo birders or "pods" (family groups or people who have been birding together).
    Please preregister with Annette Jones (plawaco@aol.com) if you want to participate in this count. Find more information on the Central Texas Audubon Society website.

  • Ft. Clark Springs-Brackettville (TXFB) - canceled

    Due to the pandemic, we will not conduct a count this year. Fort Clark is a beautiful place to bird, and we hope to have one next year. Compiler: Glenda McDowell, mxdowej7@gmail.com .

  • Georgetown-Andice (TXGT): 12/17 - tentative

    Thursday, December 17, 2020.
    We are waiting to see what the situation will be before we make the final decision. We will recommend social distancing and no carpooling unless it's with someone already known. 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)

    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. 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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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

    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, please contact Andrew Dickinson at dickinap@gmail.com.

  • San Antonio (TXST): 12/20 - tentative

    Sunday, December 20, 2020
    To say the least, this year has been an interesting one for birding as well as with COVID-19. Following the guidance from National Audubon, we will wait until November 15 at the earliest to decide if this year’s count will be a go or not. if local rules allow, we will strive to run a COVID-19 safe and socially distanced CBC. Activities will comply with all current state and municipal COVID-19 guidelines. Social distancing and/or masking are required at all times in the field. Carpooling may look a little different and used to break groups into smaller subgroups and encouraged to occur within existing familiar or social “pod” groups. We are canceling the countdown dinner that has been used in the past to compile group numbers and submit Rare Bird Documentation. 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.

    For updates on this year’s San Antonio CBC contact Dahn Windhorn (naturenut7@hotmail.com or leave a message at 210-382-5968) if you are not already on a count team and are interested in participating. We anticipate groups start as early as 7am and remaining in the field up to 7pm.

  • San Marcos (TXSM): 12/20 - tentative

    Sunday, December 20, 2020
    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). Please note: due to COVID-19, we will be taking all precautions to social distance and keep groups to a minimum, so plan accordingly if you wish to participate.

  • Uvalde County (TXUC): 12/18 - tentative

    Friday, December 18, 2020. A final decision on whether or not the count will be made in late November. Social distancing will be required. Contact compiler: Maureen Frank, mgfrank@tamu.edu, for more information.

  • Waco (TXWA): 1/2 - tentative

    Saturday, January 2, 2021
    Notes: Due to the pandemic, the date is tentative and subject to change. There will be no meeting in advance and all coverage teams will be set in advance. The count will depend on solo birders or "pods" (family groups or people who have been birding together).
    Please preregister with Annette Jones (plawaco@aol.com) if you want to participate in this count. 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 billin2@beecreek.net for details about count.

  • Westcave Preserve (TXWP): 12/15

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
    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. Weather will be unpredictable but this is a rain or shine activity. Be prepared!

  • Citgo
  • BP
  • Chevron Retiree Association
  • Land Sea & Sky
  • Shell Oil Company Foundation
  • Strabo Tours
  • Tropical Birding
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