West Texas Counts
December 14, 2022 - January 5, 2023
Compilers, please send your dates and updates to Susan Billetdeaux, firstname.lastname@example.org
Balmorhea (TXBA): 12/18
Sunday, December 18, 2022
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. 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
Thursday, December 29, 2022
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 email@example.com (cell phone: 512-426-6033) for further details.
Chisos Mountains (TXCM): 12/28
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (cell phone: 512-426-6033) for further details.
Comstock (TXCO): 12/23
Friday, December 23, 2022
If you wish to participate please contact me, Mike Gleason, via email, at email@example.com or text at 830-422-6295. Routes/areas will be assigned, and checklists will be provided, again via email. Located 45 miles west of Del Rio, the count circle includes parts of the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers.
Davis Mountains (TXDM): 12/17
Saturday, December 17, 2022
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. If you're interested in participating, please contact Cecilia Riley in advance of the count. Compiler: Cecilia Riley (Cmriley@bigbend.net).
Del Rio (TXDR): 12/24
Saturday, December 24, 2022
If you wish to participate please contact me, Mike Gleason, via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org or text at 830-422-6295. Routes/areas will be assigned, and checklists will be provided, again via email. 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): 1/1 (tentative)
Sunday, January 1, 2023 (tentative)
If a new or returning participant, please contact the compiler, Jim Paton at email@example.com prior to the count or phone 915-585-2628 for more information about joining. This count is usually held on January 1, but is subject to change due to the weather and other factors.
Guadalupe Mountains (TXGM)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Richard is the former compiler but has moved out of the region.