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Christmas Bird Counts

Panhandle Counts

December 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

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

  • Abilene (TXAB)

    If you would like to participate, please contact Dolores Owens at Meet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 6:30 AM. We will reconvene at the church at 5:00 PM to tally our lists followed by dinner at El Fenix. For more info please email Dolores.

  • Amarillo (TXAM)

    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 Thomas 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 432-638-1585 or

  • Buffalo Lake NWR (TXBL)

    Open to all participants. For details, contact compiler Thomas 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)

    Participants will meet with their team leaders at 7:30 AM, teams will bird until 5:00 PM (some teams will be birding for shorter periods of time), and folk will meet up at my place for a potluck supper and countdown at 5:00 PM - countdown to start promptly at 6:00 PM. Each team will have an experienced leader and birders of all ages and all experience levels are welcome AND useful. I would like to have at least 24 counters, 8 of whom must be willing to be area leaders. Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson,, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.

  • Matador WMA (TXMW)

    We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Matador WMA headquarters office in Paducah, TX, Cottle County. Please contact Matthew Poole (, 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 gather at the residential area at 7:30 AM, will bird until about noon, and will then return to the residential area for a countdown/potluck lunch. I would like to have at least 12 counters, 4 of whom must be willing to be area leaders. 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)

    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. Prior notice of participation is requested but all are welcomed. 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 (if desired), 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, Dr. Brent Ortego. 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 at 5:15 PM. Please contact the compiler, Ben Skipper, at to sign up.

  • White River Lake (TXWR)

    We will meet at the White River Lake Marina at 7:30 AM, will bird until close to 5:00, and will then return to a yet to be determined site in Lubbock for a countdown/potluck meal. I would like to have at least 15 counters, 5 of whom must be willing
    to be area leaders. Contact Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson,, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.