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Christmas Bird Counts

Panhandle Counts

December 14, 2020 - January 5, 2021

Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux,
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.

  • Abilene (TXAB)

    If you would like to participate, please contact Dolores Owens at Meet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 6:30 AM. For more info please email Dolores.

  • Amarillo (TXAM): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Open to all participants. Please preregister! All are welcome of course and we can always use more birders. The count circle includes Lake Tanglewood, Camp Don Harrington and Palo Duro Canyon State Park. For further details and to sign up for this count, email Tom Johnson at or 806-622-2656.

  • Big Spring (TXBS)

    The count circle includes part of the city of Big Spring, the city park, the state park, and Moss Lake. Everyone is welcome to bring your birding buddy. We will meet at 7:30 am at the entrance and parking area of Big Spring State Park. For details, please contact compiler Bill Lupardus at

  • Buffalo Lake NWR (TXBL): 1/2

    Saturday, January 2, 2021
    Open to all participants. For details, contact compiler Tom Johnson at .

  • Canadian River (TXIV) - compiler needed

    Trey Barron, the former compiler has moved away and is trying to find a new compiler. If you can help, please contact him at

  • Lake Meredith (West) (TXLW)

    Please contact Michael Ryan at for details.

  • Lubbock County (TXLU)

    Teams will meet with their team leaders at locations selected by the team leaders by 7:30 AM, we will count until 5:00 PM, and a potluck dinner and countdown will be held at the compiler's house at 5:00 PM with the countdown to start at 6:00 PM. The count circle is divided into eight areas and, ideally, I would have 24 participants: eight leaders and two additional counters per team. Conditions have been pretty good in the region this year and, looking at long-range forecasts, we anticipate a pretty good CBC season. I do my best to assure that every route has some habitat diversity and, in my opinion, the potluck/countdown system is a lot of fun with people getting a chance to visit with seldom-seen friends and to meet new birding enthusiasts. Participants, at all skill levels, are needed. Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson,, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.

  • Matador WMA (TXMW): 12/18

    Friday, December 18, 2020
    We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Matador WMA headquarters office in Paducah, TX, Cottle County. Please contact Caroline Ellison (, 806-492-3405) prior to the count to get your assignments and instructions. The Matador WMA is located 7 miles north of Paducah on HWY 83, then west on FM 3256 for 2 miles. (Map & Directions).

  • Midland (TXMI)

    Sponsored by the Midland Naturalists. Please call 432-853-5318 or email Pat Hunter at

  • Muleshoe NWR (TXMU)

    We will meet at the refuge residence at 7:30 AM, bird until 11:30 AM (the count is refuge-restricted and doesn't take as long as most CBCs), and then meet back at the residence for a potluck lunch and countdown at noon. The circle is divided into five areas and, ideally, I would have five team leaders and ten additional counters. Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson,, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.

  • Quitaque (TXQU)

    The Quitaque count includes Caprock Canyons State Park. Compiler: Pam Allison ( Meet at the entrance to Caprock Canyons SP at 8: 45 AM.

  • Robert Lee (TXRL): 12/15

    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    Sponsored by the Midland Naturalists, Robert Lee, in Coke County, is about 40 miles N/NW of San Angelo and includes East Spence Reservoir, Mountain Creek and its reservoir, surrounding fields and mesas. State Highway 158 runs through town. Some areas involve birding from roads through private land. We will meet at Rangel's Café on the main street of Robert Lee (Hwy 158) 8:00 AM on that day. All are welcome but please contact the compiler at least a week in advance. Be prepared for cold or wet weather. A scope, if owned, is helpful. For more details email compiler Mary Stortz,, 432-770-7769.

  • San Angelo (TXSG)

    Those interested in participating are invited to assemble inside the Cavness Science Building on the Angelo State University campus at the corner of Dena Drive and Johnson Street at 7:15 AM. You should prepare by bringing warm clothes (layers are best), a sack lunch, some water or other beverage, and of course binoculars. As always documentation will be crucial for unusual species, so please bring a pen/pencil, notebook, and your field guide. Please be aware though that photographic evidence is now virtually required by our regional editor. Beginning birders are welcome and encouraged. This is a great way to develop and improve your birding skills.

    Each party will be designated an assigned an area around San Angelo to canvass. Compilation will occur back at the Cavness Science Building after 5:15 PM. I will provide single-sided lists in both alphabetic and phylogenetic orders. (The compilation will be in phylogenetic order however). If that's too early and/or if your group would just like to meet us at the compilation, just let me know so I can make adjustments if necessary.

    Too, please let me know if you have a particular area you would like to bird and whether or not you'd like to lead a party. I look forward to seeing you all again and spread the word! I hope to see all of you there and reestablish our friendships and connections.

    If you have any questions, you may contact me at 325-486-6638 during the day or text or call me at 325-450-0443 during the evening hours. I can also be contacted via email at

    -- Ben Skipper, San Angelo compiler

  • White River Lake (TXWR)

    We will meet at the White River Lake Marina at 7:30 AM, bird until 4:30 PM or so, and then meet up for supper and a countdown at a yet to be determined location (some years the marina restaurant stays open long enough; some years we travel back to Lubbock for a potluck). The circle is divided into five routes and, ideally, I hope to gather together five team leaders and ten additional counters. Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson,, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.

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