West Texas Counts
December 14, 2018 - January 5, 2019
The count circle includes the state park, Phantom Springs, 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. If possible, please contact Cecilia Riley ahead of time of your interest in participating in the Balmorhea count. 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 email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org (cell phone: 512-426-6033) for further details.
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 email@example.com, or or call/text to 830-422-6295.
Davis Mountains (TXDM)
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. If you would like to participate please contact count compiler Cecilia Riley (Cmriley@bigbend.net).
Del Rio (TXDR)
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 compiler Mike Gleason at firstname.lastname@example.org, or or call/text to 830-422-6295.
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)
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. Volunteers are needed and may join in any time that morning. Information: Richard Hermosillo at email@example.com.