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Christmas Bird Counts

West 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.

  • Balmorhea (TXBA): 12/20

    Sunday, December 20, 2020
    The count circle includes Balmorhea Lake, Sandia Wetlands, Balmorhea cemetery, Agricultural lands north of Interstate 10, and wide-open spaces around town. The count routinely records 100 species with specialties like Clark's and Western Grebe, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Crissal Thrasher, Sagebrush Sparrow, and tons of sparrow sp. Though the Balmorhea State Park remains closed (ongoing construction) and most property here is inaccessible private ranches, observers are always welcome so long as I can find you a spot. The 2020 count is limited this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. In keeping with safety protocols there will not be a count party, and participants are asked to bring their own "covid pod" or household member/partner with you. If you're interested in participating, please contact Cecilia Riley in advance of the count to see if a slot is available. Compiler: Cecilia Riley (Cmriley@bigbend.net).

  • Big Bend National Park (East) - Rio Grande Village (TXBG)

    Birds of note seen during recent counts include: American Bittern, Sora, White-throated Swift, Green Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gray Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Sage Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher & Green-tailed Towhee. Participants always appreciated and needed. Please contact Bryan Hale at bmhale@swbell.net (cell phone: 512-426-6033) for further details.

  • Chisos Mountains (TXCM)

    Areas will be assigned. Birds of note seen during recent counts include: Golden Eagle, White-throated Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-naped Sapsucker, Plumbeous Vireo, Hutton's Vireo, Mexican Jay, Townsend's Solitaire, Sage Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher & Green-tailed Towhee. Participants always appreciated and needed. Please contact Bryan Hale at bmhale@swbell.net (cell phone: 512-426-6033) for further details.

  • Comstock (TXCO): 12/27

    Sunday, December 27, 2020
    The count will be held providing current local, state and federal restrictions permit. No gatherings of people outside of family/social pods are allowed. The transfer of collected data will be accomplished by email or text. All other performance rules regarding counting, observing and recording apply. If you wish to participate please contact me, Mike Gleason, via email, at mgleason@stx.rr.com or text at 830-422-6295, prior to Dec 20. Routes/areas will be assigned, and checklists will be provided, again via email. Participant registration cutoff date will be Dec 20 so that the routes can be assigned. Located 45 miles west of Del Rio, the count circle includes parts of the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers.

  • Davis Mountains (TXDM): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Areas covered include the Davis Mountains State Park, TNC Trail and Preserve, roadside hot spots, and even a few private ranches. Texas montane bird species regularly encountered on this count include Western Screech-owl, Golden Eagle, Williamson's and Red-naped Sapsucker, Bushtit, Mountain Chickadee, three species of Bluebird, Sage Thrasher, and Black-chinned Sparrow. Of course, all the other awesome Far West Texas birds both common all winter and those only present during irruptive years may also be found. The 2020 count is limited this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. In keeping with safety protocols there will not be a count party, and participants are asked to bring their own "covid pod" or household member/partner with you. If you're interested in participating, please contact Cecilia Riley in advance of the count to see if a slot is available. Compiler: Cecilia Riley (Cmriley@bigbend.net).

  • Del Rio (TXDR): 12/28

    Monday, December 28, 2020
    The count will be held providing current local, state and federal restrictions permit. No gatherings of people outside of family/social pods are allowed. The transfer of collected data will be accomplished by email or text. All other performance rules regarding counting, observing and recording apply. If you wish to participate please contact me, Mike Gleason, via email, at mgleason@stx.rr.com or text at 830-422-6295, prior to Dec 20. Routes/areas will be assigned, and checklists will be provided, again via email. Participant registration cutoff date will be Dec 20 so that the routes can be assigned. Within the count circle are Lake Amistad, Rio Grande River, San Felipe and Spring Creeks, Amistad Recreation Area, Laguna de Plata, and much of Del Rio.

  • El Paso (TXEP)

    If a new or returning participant, please contact the compiler, Jim Paton at jnpaton@att.net prior to the count or phone 915-585-2628 for more information about joining.

  • Guadalupe Mountains (TXGM): 12/19

    Saturday, December 19, 2020
    Most areas require moderate to strenuous hiking, and the weather can be snowy, wet, and windy. This count will take place under all weather conditions as long as Highway 62/180 remains open, but may be canceled based on the status of the pandemic and recommendations from local, state, and federal officials. Please check the alerts page on our website at www.nps.gov/gumo

    This is one of the few places in Texas you can find Steller's Jays. Other birds of note from recent counts include: Golden Eagle, Mountain Chickadee, Juniper Titmouse, Pygmy Nuthatch, Mountain and Western Bluebirds, Townsend's Solitaire, Sage and Crissal Thrashers, Green-tailed Towhee, Sage Sparrow and a variety of Dark-eyed Junco ssp. Please preregister. Interested persons can email compiler Michael Haynie at Michael_Haynie@nps.gov.

  • Hueco Tanks (TXHT) - compiler needed

    Hueco Tanks Historical Site and Horizon Lake are part of the Christmas bird count circle that is centered at Hueco Tanks immediately west of Martin Canyon and 1.9 miles south of U.S. Hwy 62/180. For additional Information about the count, please contact Richard Hermosillo at richardhermosillo4@yahoo.com. Richard is the former compiler but has moved out of the region.

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