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Christmas Bird Counts

North and East 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.

  • Cedar Hill (TXCH): 1/1

    Friday, January 1, 2021
    Note: This year the count is restricted to those who are known to one of the established counters. We hope to be able to welcome new participants the following year. This circle includes Cedar Ridge Preserve, Cedar Hill State Park, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Joe Pool Lake, and the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, DeSoto, and Midlothian. Birders of all levels of expertise are welcome and needed. RSVP for a team assignment and details. The count compiler is Sheryll Barker, bebd@yahoo.com. Traditionally this count is held on January 1.

  • Dallas County (TXDA): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    No new volunteers are being accepted for this year’s count based on COVID-19 precautions. The Dallas count circle is centered at the intersection of Inwood Road and Cedar Springs, so it is an urban/suburban count. The weather tends to be cool and occasionally rainy. Based on National Audubon safety guidelines, there will not be a countdown dinner. For further details, contact volunteer coordinator Reba Collins by email at rcollins20@verizon.net or phone at 972-742-0312. Count compiler: Jim Peterson. Sponsored by Audubon Dallas.

  • Fort Worth (TXFW): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Our bird count circle,15 miles in diameter, is centered at the Joint Reserve Base in west Fort Worth and is broken into 17 areas. Volunteers are always needed to help us count the birds! All levels of experience are welcome. This is great for beginners who can help us spot the birds and in the process learn to identify them and where to find them. If you'd like to help with the Fort Worth CBC please contact the compiler: Chuck Baskin at chuckbaskin@sbcglobal.net or 817-457-3582 (home), 817-718-5642 (cell).

  • Hagerman NWR (TXHA) - private

    The 2020 count will be conducted by area leaders only. We hope to normal conditions next year. Compiler Wayne Meyer: wmeyer@austincollege.edu. Find out more on the Friends of Hagerman NWR website. Directions to headquarters: From intersection of US 75 and US 82 in Sherman, go west about 1 mile to FM 1417, turn north for about 5.5 miles. Turn west on Refuge Rd and follow signs to headquarters (6 miles more).

  • Lake O' the Pines (TXLO): 12/28

    Monday, December 28, 2020
    Please contact Mark Edmund for details at maedmund321@gmail.com.

  • Lake Ray Hubbard (TXLR)

    Some of the highlights from past CBC’s have been Red-breasted Merganser, Little Gull, Eurasian Wigeon, and Lesser Black-backed Gull. We count around Lake Ray Hubbard, associated city parks, wetlands, and riparian areas. Our meeting location is the Rowlett Home Depot (Lakeview Pkwy/SH66 and Dexham Rd) at 6:30 AM. For further details contact Peter Assmann (assmann@utdallas.edu) or Mike Cameron (mike.cameron10@verizon.net).

  • Lake Tawakoni (TXLK)

    We meet around 7:00 AM at the Chevron station on the southwest side of Edgewood and end of the day at the Lumber Yard Café on the northeast edge of Edgewood for a roundup and a meal. It is usually one of the best counts in Northeast and North Central Texas To participate please contact compiler Richard Kinney at rdkrsh@aol.com.

  • Lewisville (TXLV): 12/26

    Saturday, December 26, 2020
    Please contact Jean Suplick (jean.suplick@gmail.com, (469) 323-8149) if you would like to participate. We will not be having pre-count or post-count in-person gatherings this year. Please contact Jean for information about areas they'd like to cover.

  • Longview (TXLG): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Please contact Mark Edmund for details at maedmund321@gmail.com.

  • McKinney (TXMC): 12/26

    Saturday, December 26, 2020
    This count is jointly sponsored by the Heard Museum and Sanctuary and Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society, and it is open to all participants. The McKinney count circle is divided into 9 zones covering a variety of urban, suburban, and rural areas. Don't worry if you're not an experienced birder, we will pair you up with our more advanced birders/zone leaders! If you would like to volunteer feeder watch information within our circle, please let me know. For details, please contact the count compiler, Mike Cameron (mike.cameron10@verizon.net, 214-293-7778). This count is held annually on the day after Christmas.

  • Nacogdoches (TXNA): 12/20

    Sunday, December 20, 2020
    Pre-dawn owling to dusk. Brown-headed Nuthatch, Purple Finch, Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, and Henslow's Sparrow are just a few of the birds seen regularly on previous counts. We welcome any and all out-of-towners who would like to help! To participate please contact David Wolf (dewolfnac@gmail.com) or Mimi Wolf (mimihoppewolf48@gmail.com) by email or call/text (936) 645-8894.

  • Palestine (TXPS) : 1/2

    Saturday, January 2, 2021
    All help will be most appreciated! Species seen on recent counts include: Eared Grebe, White-tailed Kite, Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara, Prairie Falcon, Vermilion Flycatcher, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Towhee, Lark, Fox, Le Conte's & Harris's Sparrows, Purple Finch. Meet in the parking lot at 6:15am of Southside Baptist Church. We will meet at 1pm at Little Mexico for lunch, countdown, and further areas to cover. Please contact Ann Huffstetter (saehop@yahoo.com 903-723-0225) as some may want to go directly to birding area.

  • Palo Pinto (TXPP)

    Please contact David Powell at BronzeBird11@aol.com if you're interested in attending.

  • Paris (TXPR)

    Compiler: David Drake, mdrake3605@gmail.com

  • Pineywoods (TXPI): 1/5

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021
    We will do a count taking Covid-19 precautions. Interested participants should contact compiler: Amy Turney, aturney2147@gmail.com.

  • In 2018 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started a new CBC at Proctor Lake. The contact is Kyle Watter at Kyle.J.Watter@usace.army.mil (254-879-2424). Volunteers should meet at the US Army Corps of Engineers Office at 2180 FM 2861, Comanche, TX 76442. Click on name of CBC for a downloadable map. Proctor Lake website

  • Richland Creek WMA (TXRC) - compiler needed

    Richland Creek WMA Map The count circle reaches into 4 counties. Freestone, Navarro, Anderson and Henderson. It includes all of the Wildlife Management Area, plus Trinidad Lake, large part of SE Henderson county and parts of NE of Anderson Co. The WMA is in Freestone and Navarro counties. Dell Little is no longer the compiler since he has moved out of the region, he may be contacted at dellel1119@gmail.com for additional information.

  • Tenaha-Timpson (Lake Murvaul): 1/1

    Friday, January 1, 2021
    Please contact Mark Edmund for details at maedmund321@gmail.com.

  • Texarkana - Wright Patman Lake (TXTE): 12/14

    Monday, December 14, 2020
    All are welcome to participate. We will meet at the Corps of Engineers office at 7:00 AM. After dividing into groups, we will set out to our respective areas. Please contact Don Kyle at rondokyle@windstream.net for further details and let him know before January if you'd like to participate.

  • Tyler (TXTY): 1/2

    Saturday, January 2, 2021
    This count in northeast Texas includes woodland and lakeside habitat with a good variety of pineywoods birds. Anyone who is interested should contact Amy Martin, email: amy@kinseyspharmacy.com. Some interesting birds seen on recent counts have been the Summer Tanager, the Gray Catbird & the Eared Grebe. Others have included Spotted Towhee, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ross's Goose, Virginia Rail, American Woodcock, Greater Roadrunner, Rufous Hummingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Le Conte's Sparrow, Pine Siskin and Purple Finch, as well as the expected pineywoods birds, such as Red-headed and Pileated Woodpecker, and Brown-headed Nuthatch.

  • Trinity River Audubon Center (TXTA)

    Birders of all levels are needed for this important effort. Please contact count compiler Nick Kanakis at nkanakis@audubon.org to sign up.

  • Village Creek Drying Beds (TXVC)

    This count covers the Drying Beds, River Legacy Park, most of Arlington and some portions of the Mid-Cities area. All levels of expertise are welcome and needed. If you can spot the bird, someone will be there to help you identify it. The count compiler is Maury Humes, mauryhumes@msn.com. The volunteer coordinator is Jim Jones, jim_jones@fwas.org. Please contact Maury or Jim if you plan to participate.

  • Wichita Falls (TXWF): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Sponsored by the North Texas Bird and Wildlife Club. Debra McKee is the compiler. Please contact Debra at chickadeekees@aol.com for more information if you'd like to participate.

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