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Christmas Bird Counts

West Texas Counts

December 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

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.

  • Balmorhea (TXBA): 12/15

    Sunday, December 15, 2019
    The count circle includes the state park, Balmorhea Lake, and wide-open spaces around town. The count routinely records 100 species and, as with most rural counts, more observers are always welcome. This count is open to everyone. If you're interested in participating, please contact Cecilia Riley in advance of the count. Compiler: Cecilia Riley (Cmriley@bigbend.net).

  • Big Bend National Park (East) - Rio Grande Village (TXBG): 12/29

    Sunday, December 29, 2019
    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): 12/28

    Saturday, December 28, 2019
    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): 12/22

    Sunday, December 22, 2019
    Located 45 miles west of Del Rio, the count circle includes parts of the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers. We will meet at the Seminole State Park headquarters between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Interested parties can email compiler Mike Gleason at mgleason@stx.rr.com, or or call/text to 830-422-6295.

  • Davis Mountains (TXDM): 12/14

    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    Areas covered include the Davis Mountains state park, McDonald Observatory, TNC Trail and Preserve, roadside hot spots, and even a few private ranches. Hard to come by in Texas montane bird species regularly encountered on this count include Western Screech-owl, White-throated Swift, Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsucker, Stellar's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, 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. This count is open to everyone. If you're interested in participating, please contact Cecilia Riley in advance of the count. Compiler: Cecilia Riley (Cmriley@bigbend.net).

  • Del Rio (TXDR): 12/23

    Monday, December 23, 2019
    Within the count circle there is Lake Amistad, Rio Grande River, San Felipe and Spring Creeks, Amistad Recreation Area, Laguna de Plata, and much of Del Rio. Interested parties can email compilers Mike and Karen Gleason at mgleason@stx.rr.com, or or call/text to 830-422-6295.

  • 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): 12/14

    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    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. 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.

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