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Christmas Bird Counts

Panhandle Counts

December 14, 2023 - January 5, 2024

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

  • 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)

    This was set up to be a count of Palo Duro Canyon and the playas around it. It is also an old and venerable count. It is mostly a count of PDC and its upstream villages like River Falls, Lake Tanglewood, etc along with the roads between roughly Hollywood and PDC extending over as far as Pullman Road. Open to all participants. Please pre-register! 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)

    This count is one of our oldest and was set up when BLNWR was an open-water paradise for birds. Times have changed but we still hold the count and those changes have had a giant effect on what lives out there. 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 East (TXLE)

    Meet at the "Bird Walk" parking lot behind Sanford Dam (Spring Canyon) at 07:30. This will be a great count in all likelihood. It is a count that is now being resumed after some years' of dormancy. The area includes the east side of the dam (where, if you get there before dawn, you may encounter flocks of over a million blackbirds-a sight and sound to behold!) The compiler is Rod Goodwin. He can be contacted at, 806-681-7608.

  • Lake Meredith West (TXLW)

    The count used to include the regions of the lake when it was at 100 ft depth at the dam and extended well into the count circle. Now it is a count of some private land graciously opened to us by the owners, McBride Canyon, and Alibates and some of the roads on the northwest and southeast sides of the lake bed. It is still a really great count but more of a dryland riparian zone count now. Compiler: Dan Novak,

  • Lubbock County (TXLU)

    The circle is divided into eight areas so I need eight team leaders plus as many counters as I can get. The count starts at 7:30 and runs through 5:00. It is followed by a potluck supper (assuming COVID protocols continue to be light) and countdown. If you are interested in participating, contact me at or at 806-252-1213 and I will find a place, as leader or participant, for you.
    -- Anthony Hewetson

  • Matador WMA (TXMW)

    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)

    This is an area-restricted count (refuge property only) and is divided into four areas. Consequently I need four team leaders and as many counters as I can get. It runs from 7:30 through 11:30 and is followed by a potluck lunch and countdown. If you are interested in participating, contact me at or at 806-252-1213 and I will find a place, as leader or participant, for you.
    -- Anthony Hewetson

  • Quitaque (TXQU)

    The Quitaque count includes Caprock Canyons State Park. Compiler: Pam Allison (, 806-570-1980. 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. 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. This count is usually held on the first Saturday of the count window.

  • San Angelo (TXSG)

    If you are interested in participating, please contact Ben Skipper,, 325-486-6622. On the morning of the count, Ben will have packets (checklists, data sheets, maps, etc.) for each participant. These can be picked up at the Cavness Science Building parking lot 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 new regional editor. After the count is completed (approximately 5:00PM) Ben will collect all data sheets at the Cavness Science Building.

  • Tascosa - Seyfert (TXTS):

    This should become the premier count around here. The area stretches from McGee Lake to the Medical Center and encompasses SE Park and Thompson Park and the very productive areas of Potter County (watch Ray Burr's posts!!!) and lots of city streets. Tom Johnson is the default compiler of this count this year but hopes to change that. This should be the count that most of you will really want to be a part of! Remember, even just watching your bird feeders for 30 mins can help. For details and to participate, contact compiler Tom Johnson at or text him at 806 570 3234.

  • White River Lake (TXWR)

    This circle is divided into five areas so I need five team leaders and as many counters as I can get. It starts at 7:30 (with a meet up at the White River Lake marina) and runs until 5:00. Given that many people will have New Year's Eve festivities to get to, the compiler will gather the count packets up at the marina before we disperse. If you are interested in participating, contact me at or at 806-252-1213 and I will find a place, as leader or participant, for you.
    -- Anthony Hewetson