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  2013 Texas Christmas Bird Counts

The 114th count which ran from December 14, 2013 to January 5, 2014 is now concluded. The following list is for reference purposes.

Houston - Upper Texas Coast
Armand Bayou (TXAY) 12/21
Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR (TXAP) 12/18
Beech Creek (TXBE) 12/28
Bolivar Peninsula (TXBP) 12/19
Brazoria (TXBR) 12/28
Brazos Bend (TXBZ) 12/14
Buffalo Bayou [west Houston] (TXBF) 12/29
Cypress Creek - Katy Prairie (TXCY) 1/1
Freeport (TXFR) 12/15
Galveston (TXGA) 12/17
Houston [Baytown] (TXHO) 12/14
Huntsville [Walker Co.] (TXHU) 1/4
Matagorda Co. - Mad Island Marsh (TXMM) 12/16
Old River (TXOR) 12/27
Orange County (TXOC) 1/1
San Jacinto Wilderness (TXSJ) 1/4
San Bernard NWR (TXSB) 12/20
Sea Rim State Park (TXSR) 1/3
Spring Creek (TXSC) 12/14
Trinity River (TXTN) 12/30
Turkey Creek (TXTC) 12/14

Coastal Bend
Aransas NWR (TXAR) 12/18
Corpus Christi (TXCC) 12/14
Corpus Christi - Flour Bluff (TXCF) 12/15
Guadalupe River Delta (TXGF) 12/19
Kenedy Co. - Wind Turbines (TXKW) 12/23
Kingsville (TXKI) 1/4
Rockport (TXRO) 12/28
Victoria (TXVI) 12/14
Welder Wildlife Refuge (TXWW) 12/20

Rio Grande Valley
Anzalduas-Bentsen (TXAZ) 1/3
Brownsville (TXBV) 12/18
Chaparral WMA (TXCP) 12/14
Coastal Tip of Texas (TXCT) 12/19
Falcon Dam and SP (TXFD) 1/1
Harlingen (TXHG) 1/4
La Sal Vieja (TXLS) 12/20
Laguna Atascosa (TXLA) 12/17
Laredo (TXLD) 12/28
Santa Ana (TXSA) 12/21
Weslaco (TXWS) 12/27

Central Texas
Austin (TXAU) 12/14
Balcones (TXBC) 12/16
Bastrop-Buescher State Park (TXBB) 1/1
Bell County (TXBU) 12/14
Boerne (TXBO) 1/3
Choke Canyon (TXCK) 12/20
College Station (TXCS) 12/14
Crawford (Western Waco) (TXCR) 12/14
Ft. Clark Springs-Brackettville (TXFB) 1/4
Gibbons Creek (TXGC) 12/30
Granger (TXGR) 1/4
Kerrville (TXKV) 1/5
Lost Pines (TXLP) 12/28
Love Creek (TXLC) 12/19 New!
New Braunfels (TXNB) 1/5
Palmetto State Park (TXPM) 12/29
San Antonio (TXSA) 12/22
Uvalde County (TXUC) 12/14
Waco (TXWA) 12/28
West Kerr County (TXWK) 12/28
Westcave Preserve (TXWP) 12/17
West Texas
Balmorhea (TXBA) 12/15
Big Bend NP (East) (TXBG) 12/29
Chisos Mountains (TXCM) 12/28
Comstock (TXCO) 12/28
Davis Mountains (TXDM) 12/14
Del Rio (TXDR) 12/29
El Paso (TXEP) 12/29
Guadalupe Mountains (TXGM) 1/4

Abilene (TXAB) 1/4
Amarillo (TXAM) 12/14
Big Spring (TXBS) 12/14
Buffalo Lake NWR (TXBL) 12/21
Canadian River (TXIV) 12/21
Lubbock County (TXLU) 12/14
Matador WMA (TXMW) 12/20
Midland (TXMI) 1/1
Muleshoe NWR (TXMU) 12/15
Robert Lee (TXRL) 1/4
San Angelo (TXSG) 12/15
White River Lake (TXWR)12/28

North/East Texas
Cedar Hill 1/1
Dallas County (TXDA) 12/21
Fort Worth (TXFW) 12/14
Hagerman NWR (TXHA) 12/21
Lake Ray Hubbard (TXLR) 12/22
Lake Tawakoni (TXLK) 12/28
Lewisville (TXLV) 12/27
Lake O' the Pines (TXLO) 12/21
Longview (TXLG) 12/14
McKinney (TXMC) 12/26
Nacogdoches (TXNA) 12/15
Palestine (TXPS)1/4
Paris (TXPR) 1/4
Pineywoods (TXPI) 12/20
Tenaha-Timpson (Lake Murvaul) (TXTT) 1/1
Texarkana - Wright Patman Lake (TXTE) 1/3
Tyler (TXTY) 1/4
Trinity River Audubon Center (TXTA) 1/4
Village Creek Drying Beds (TXVC) 12/26
Wichita Falls (TXWF) 12/14

Houston Area - Upper Texas Coast

Brazos Bend (TXBZ): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Participation in this important event increases each year and your support is most appreciated. Now in our 29th year, we encourage participants young and old, and all levels of experience to join the fun. Strong leadership will be assigned for all groups and the park entry fee is waived for participants. The traditional countdown at the conclusion of the day will include the coveted "Big Bird Award" and the popular Swinging Door BBQ dinner. Early registration is strongly recommended. Use our event website, www.brazosbendcbc.com for all your questions and registration needs. The count compiler is Bill Godley, fribbish@msn.com and 281-341-6684.

Houston (TXHO): Saturday, December 14, 2013
This count includes the area around Baytown. All levels of experience are encouraged to participate! Last year we topped 150 with 151 species for the first time in several years!! Area leaders please email your availability so we can plan accordingly. David Sarkozi and Stennie Meadours will be co-compilers. Those wishing to participate should contact Stennie (stenmead@aol.com).

Spring Creek (TXSC): Saturday, December 14, 2013
This count, sponsored by the Piney Woods Wildlife Society, covers a 15-mile diameter circle that is roughly centered in The Woodlands at I-45 and Rayford-Sawdust road. Contact compiler Al Barr at albbarr@comcast.net, 281-443-6629, for more information or to sign up.

Turkey Creek (TXTC): Saturday, December 14, 2013
This count in Hardin and Tyler Counties includes the Turkey Creek and Hickory Creek Savannah Units of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Meet at the Big Thicket Visitor Center on US69 at FM420, about 7 miles north of Kountze at 6:30 AM. Sponsored by the Big Thicket National Preserve. Contact John Whittle (johnawhittle@aol.com, 409-722-4193) for more information.

Freeport (TXFR): Sunday, December 15, 2013
The count is consistently one of the top ten in the country and finds the largest number of species of any on the Upper Texas Coast. Habitat includes seashore, barrier islands, prairie & woodland. The circle is divided into eight areas, each with its own leader & unique habitats. (Count Circle Map) For information & assignments, contact compiler Mike Austin (mj_eh@comcast.net). Bob White is seeking assistance to count Brazoria NWR and adjacent private property as part of the Freeport CBC. There are opportunities to bird by bicycle, car, foot, and kayak or canoe. His group will meet at the refuge's visitor center at 7 AM (5:30 AM at front gate for those wanting to look for owls). Please contact Bob at glqman@yahoo.com, 281-455-4254 for more information or to sign up.

Matagorda Co. - Mad Island Marsh (TXMM): Monday, December 16, 2013
Most of the count is on private land and participation in the CBC is the only way to gain access to some very productive wildlife lands. The diversity of the CBC is great and most sections have multiple exclusives. The CBC features extensive native grasslands, brushlands, floodplain forests, beaches and coastal marshes. We need skilled birders to scan for pelagics over the Gulf from land, skilled shorebirders to ride on boats to survey expansive mudflats and marshes of the delta of the Colorado River, and birders to survey narrow forest areas along the river for lingering neotrops. Contact compiler Brent Ortego, brent.ortego@tpwd.texas.gov or 361-648-9773 cell, for count assignments. Resources: Count circle map (static image), Interactive map (Google Earth required).

Galveston (TXGA): Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Although this count has very limited land area and a particularly small amount of wooded areas, it still typically is a top 20 or near top twenty US CBC. This count is open to anyone who would like to participate and all areas need more observers. If you want to see some great birds, join us. This count undoubtedly produces the most species for the available land area (much of the count circle is water) of all US CBCs. To participate please contact one of the compilers, Richard Mayfield (rrichardm@verizon.net) or Lalise Mason (lalise@earthlink.net).

Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR (TXAP): Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Attwater CBC is a wonderful opportunity to bird the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR as well as private property in Eagle Lake, TX. This CBC is open to all birders and is one of the highest inland CBCs for diversity in the country. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sumita Prasad at sumita@alumni.utexas.net or 832-453-4374.

Bolivar Peninsula (TXBP): Thursday, December 19, 2013
This count circle in Chambers County includes High Island and Anahuac NWR. Newcomers are welcome to join! Compilers this year are Steve Mayes and David Sarkozi. If you are interested in participating, please contact Steve Mayes at sgmayes@hotmail.com.

San Bernard NWR (TXSB): Friday, December 20, 2013
This unique count provides opportunities to bird areas of the refuge not normally open to the public, including a newly-acquired tract along the west end of CR306, the Bludworth tract along Cocklebur Slough (2003 acquisition) and the nearby McNeill tract which now boasts the official state champion Live Oak. Also open for counters is the state's Nannie Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area. We have rail buggy slots open for those hoping to see Yellow and possibly even Black Rails. This count also claims some of the best hospitality around with the refuge staff providing an air boat, rail buggy, and 4WD trucks. We will have our historic chef, Ron Bisbee, heading up his team cooking the famous countdown dinner of seafood gumbo! Although this count still provides the small count atmosphere, it has plenty of big count diversity with 190 or more species most years. Contact the co-compilers Ron Weeks (ronweeks@sbcglobal.net or phone evenings 979-299-0066) and Jennifer Wilson (jennifer_wilson@fws.gov or phone daytime 979-964-4011) to sign up.

Armand Bayou Nature Center (TXAY): Saturday, December 21, 2013
Come for the birds, come for the fun, but just come! Volunteers are needed in the field and in backyards for Armand Bayou's Christmas Bird Count which includes areas of LaPorte, League City, Dickinson, Seabrook and Bacliff (and lots of places in between, see map), so we need your help. Last year we again had over 150 species, and could not have done it without our counters! Our count circle has a variety of habitat, including pockets of hardwood forests, grasslands, wetlands, and water (open bay and ponds). Our unusual species have included Bald Eagle, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Long-billed Dowitcher, Grasshopper Sparrow, Great Kiskadee, Green-tailed Towhee, Broad-tailed Hummingbird and more! We meet at 6:30 am at Armand Bayou Nature Center’s auditorium and will have Tally Rally at a local restaurant afterwards. We will also be owling at Armand Bayou Nature Center (5:00 am-ish). Please contact Martha Hood at lazuli007@yahoo.com to register, get signed up for an area, and for further details. Thank you!

Old River (TXOR): Friday, December 27, 2013
The count covers all points within 7.5 miles of Lake Charlotte. This is less than an hour's drive east of Houston. Running through the count area is the Trinity River providing diverse habitat near water. The 2010 pre-review specie count was 153. To Join the Count:(1) Join the group at 6:30 AM in the area between McDonald's and DJ's Country Store on the corner of I-10 & Hwy 61 (take the Hankamer exit off I-10). (2) Contact Harry Elliott 832-444-0965. (3) Stay at home and be a "Feeder Watcher" then E-mail your results to the count compiler or come to the count dinner. The countdown dinner tentatively will be at Iguana Joe's just north of I-10 on Hwy 146 in Mont Belvieu. We will meet there between 5:00-5:30 PM. For more information contact Count Compiler Harry Elliott: harry_s_elliott@yahoo.com, 832-444-0965.

Beech Creek (TXBE): Saturday, December 28, 2013
This count takes places in Tyler and Jasper Counties and includes Steinhagen Lake, the Beech Creek unit of Big Thicket National Preserve and Martin Dies State Park. Meet at the Corps of Engineers Picnic Area on FM92 immediately north of the intersection with FM1746 in Town Bluff at 6:30 AM. Sponsored by the Big Thicket National Preserve. Contact John Whittle (johnawhittle@aol.com, 409-722-4193) for more information.

Brazoria (TXBR): Saturday, December 28, 2013
The Brazoria CBC includes Bar-X Ranch, Columbia Lakes, Hudson Woods unit of SBNWR, Brazoria Reservoir, Harris Reservoir, and southern Nash Ranch. This count was done from 1984-1994 by the Brazosport Birders. In 2009, the count was successfully revived with 45 participants and 145 species recorded. Please note that starting in 2012, the count circle has been moved slightly to the west. (Count Circle Map ) Meeting point: contact area leaders for locations. Countdown: 4:00 pm at Belle's Landing (not to be confused with Bell's Landing), 11937 Hwy 35 (just east of the Brazos River Bridge), East Columbia, TX 77486. (Map). Compiler: Tom Taroni at 979-297-5563 or taronitom@gmail.com. Find more resources on the Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges CBC page.

Buffalo Bayou (TXBF): Sunday, December 29, 2013
This is one of the few CBCs that is set almost entirely in an urban environment. The count circle does contain a few areas of undeveloped land that usually hold a few surprises since they are surround by development. The count circle is centered at the Houston Audubon's Edith L. Moore Sanctuary. It extends from Memorial Park on the east to beyond Hwy 6 on the west; from the Southwest Freeway at West Belt on the south to FM 529 near Jersey Village on the north. This area includes sizable chunks of excellent habitat: Houston Arboretum, Art Storey Park, Addicks & Barker Reservoirs, Bear Creek Park and Buffalo Bayou. It is possible to see up to 15 species of sparrows on this count, including the elusive Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows. Other "Special Birds" seen over the past several years have been: Hooded Merganser, American Bittern, Solitary Sandpiper, American Woodcock, Common Ground-Dove, Black Phoebe, Couch's Kingbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee, Eastern Towhee, Rusty Blackbird, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin. We would like you to join in the fun and help us eclipse the high count of 132 species. The count will run from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm when all participants will assemble at Sweet Tomatoes for the countdown dinner where you will get the opportunity to share your days' birding stories with your fellow birders and hear what species each area was able to find as we find out what the total tally for the count will be. A very nice way to wrap up a long day of birding. There are two ways to participate: (1) Be a Field Observer - Join one of the teams in the field. (2) Be a Feeder/Yard Watcher - Because so much of the Buffalo Bayou CBC area is residential, Feeder Watchers (those who stay at home and observe their feeder, yard and/or neighborhood) are extremely important to the count and greatly increase the efficiency of the count by observing species that otherwise would not be seen, such as hummingbirds. Submitting your observations is easy via an on-line data form accessible on the Buffalo Bayou CBC website. contact co-compilers Michael Williams, txbfcbc@houstonarboretum.org (preferably by email) or via phone at 832-723-0653, or Adam Wood, birdsondabrain@earthlink.net, 713-515-1692.

Trinity River (TXTN): Monday, December 30, 2013
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the 17th Annual Trinity River Christmas Bird Count for northern Liberty County. Areas to be counted include the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Tarkington Prairie, and Gaylor Lake. Some folks will bird the "bottoms" so be sure to bring a sack lunch, rubber knee boots and other appropriate outdoor clothing. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcome. If you have any questions you can contact the compiler Stuart Marcus at 936-336-9786 or stuart_marcus@fws.gov.

Cypress Creek (Katy Prairie) (TXCY): Wednesday, January 1, 2014
We will again meet at Paul Rushing Park. It is on Katy-Hockley Road in west Harris County. (Directions). If you have participated before, please contact your area leader directly. If you are new to the count or would like to switch areas please contact an area leader of your choice or Fred Collins. Anyone going with the KPC groups MUST sign a release or they cannot enter KPC property. It will save time if they bring a signed copy of the release form with them. I have maps, bird list, and detail forms which I will send to area leaders. If you would like to have your personal copy of any of these documents just e-mail me and ask. FYI: Constable for west Harris County area 281 463-6666, west Harris County game warden Greg Johnson 713 702-1399, Waller County game warden Kevin Glass 979-412-3138. The greater Houston area game warden 24-hour dispatch number is 281 842-8100. For more information, please contact compiler Fred Collins or Kendra Kocab at klebwoods@hctx.net.

Orange County (TXOC): Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Habitat covers marsh, woodlands, and the Cow Bayou watershed. All are invited, even if you are not an experienced birder or are only able to bird for part of the day. Feeder watchers are welcome to participate. Let us know in advance and we will find a suitable group for you to join. The more pairs of eyes in a group, the more birds will be seen. Contact Ken Sztraky (berrysheepfarm@att.net), telephone 409-385-2835, for more information.

Sea Rim State Park (TXSR): Friday, January 3, 2014
This count in Jefferson County includes Sea Rim SP, Texas Point NWR, and parts of J.D. Murphree WMA and McFaddin NWR as well as the Sabine Pass area. Please contact us in advance, as most groups go directly to their assigned areas. Sponsored by Golden Triangle Audubon Society. Contact John Whittle (johnawhittle@aol.com, 409-722-4193) for details.

Huntsville: Saturday, January 4, 2014
Sponsored by Huntsville Audubon. Please contact Dan Jones at 936-295-7579 or Brenda Muncrief at 936-435-9937 to participate.

San Jacinto Wilderness (TXSJ): Saturday, January 4, 2014
Now in its sixth year, and juxtaposed across three counties, this unique inland circle is situated where Big Thicket meets Coastal Prairie. A broad and complex ecotone, it's laced through and through with wild rivers and bottomlands, as well as extensive farms and subdivisions. On this count, kayakers course down the most scenic rivers in the region, while other bands of birders tour subdivisions by car. A huge wilderness park is its linchpin, and large private ranches offer a birding and hiking adventure that can be the equal of anywhere in the UTC. Welcome to the San Jacinto Wilderness. This time, most groups will be meeting 7 AM at the parking lot in front of the Brookshire Bros., 20185 US Highway 59, in New Caney. Here are the groups one can join: (1) Lake Houston Park Trekkers - Covering the park in pickups and golf carts, the LHP crew should get many species including everyone' s favorites – the Henslow's Sparrow and Le Conte's Sparrow! (2) Iron Ducks Kayakers - This group truly embodies what this count is all about - wilderness bird censusing - and takes it to a whole new level! They may end up doing the East Fork, Caney Creek, and Peach Creek this year. (3) Country Club Cribs - This band takes in the wooded and watery fringes of Idle Loch and The Commons at Lake Houston, looking for Mottled Duck and Neotropic Cormorant as well as many sparrows. (4) Dayton Prairie Muckers – This band of hardy souls will scope out the fields and water impoundments between Luce Bayou and Dayton. Thanks to the generosity of two landowners in the area, the group has open access to thousands of acres of their pastures, fallow fields, hedgerows, irrigation ditches, reservoirs and forest edges, so they are able to get very up close and personal with all sorts of waterfowl! Be prepared to hike, though! (5) Northern Exposure – Taking in Splendora and its environs this group will be the ones to get Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Canada Goose, Mallard, and Cedar Waxwing among others. (6) NW Arc Roadies – Road-birding on the west side of US 59, the Roadies should find White Ibis, Cooper's Hawk, Barred Owl, and believe it or not – will probably be the only group to grab a Great-tailed Grackle! We look forward to having you join us! For more information please contact David Henderson at embrenhar1@gmail.com (compiler - cell: 281-827-3729), or Bruce Bodson (bruce.bodson@yahoo.com, 832-882-1657 - cell) if you wish to canoe/kayak.


Coastal Bend

Corpus Christi (TXCC): Saturday, December 14, 2013
This is centered in the west part of town and contains some of the premier birding sites in Nueces County, part of Nueces Bay and several ranches in San Patricio county. It has one of the higher species counts in Texas. Please contact compiler Larry Jordan at lmj6464@aim.com if you'd like to participate.

Victoria (TXVI): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Open to all participants. The Texas Zoo has been supportive of this activity for many years.Feeder watchers are encouraged to register and report sightings if their yards are in the count circle. Please pre-register with the compiler, Bill Farnsworth by calling Bill Farnsworth 361-578-9745 or email at farnswfw@suddenlink.net and for more information.

Corpus Christi - Flour Bluff (TXCF): Sunday, December 15, 2013
This is centered in the east end of town and includes all of the Flour Bluff peninsula, part of the Laureles Division of the King Ranch, northern Padre Island, southern Mustang Island and several miles of the Laguna Madre. Please contact compiler Larry Jordan at lmj6464@aim.com if you'd like to participate.

Aransas NWR (TXAR): Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Christmas Bird Count last year had a record number of Whooping Cranes, Merlins, and several other unique species. Also observed was a Red-throated Loon and a Green-tailed Towhee! You never know what could pop up at Aransas! The count will allow participants to enter sections of the refuge not generally open to the public. To sign up or ask for additional information, please contact David True, Park Ranger at Aransas NWR at either david_true@fws.gov or 361-286-3559 ext. 232.

Guadalupe River Delta - McFaddin Family Ranches (TXGF): Thursday, December 19, 2013
This is a unique fun count surveying riparian forests near the Coast. The count is usually sponsored and the CBC will likely provide you access to property not available otherwise. This count was designed by Mark Elwonger and Brent Ortego to maximize the number of lingering neotrops. It contains 15 miles of the lower end of Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers. It has many miles of waterways, riparian woodlands, marshes, brushlands, and grasslands. One of the exciting aspects of attending the count is to be able to access the private ranches in the McFaddin community. We have access to 3 ranches totaling 14,000 acres. There are also thousands of acres of other land south of these ranches in which we have access. If you would like to view these properties, go to Google Earth and view the land between the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers near their junction between Green Lake and Tivoli, TX. If you would like to attend, Brent Ortego, brent.ortego@tpwd.texas.gov (361-648-9773 cell). Resources: Count circle map (static image), Interactive map (Google Earth required).

Welder Wildlife Refuge (TXWW): Friday, December 20, 2013
This count is held at the Welder Wildlife Foundation Refuge near Sinton. If you would like to participate please contact Terry Blankenship at tblankenship@welderwildlife.org, or call 361-364-2643 for further details. In past counts we have seen the Green Kingfisher, Le Conte’s Sparrow, American Bittern, White-tipped Dove, and Plain Chachalaca.

Kenedy County -- Wind Turbines (TXKW): Monday, December 23, 2013
This count which is centered about 25 miles south of Padre Island National Seashore headquarters will survey birds on wind tidal flats of the Laguna Madre, grasslands behind the dunes and gulf beaches. If birders are interested in a full day in the field away from roads, they should contact compiler Brent Ortego, brent.ortego@tpwd.texas.gov or 361-648-9773 cell.

Rockport (TXRO): Saturday, December 28, 2013
Our area includes Live-oak Peninsula south to Estes, all of Port Bay, a narrow strip south of SH 188, Bayside, Mission Bay and most of Copano Bay. It consists of urban areas, marshes, open water, grassland, oak mottes, farmlands, mesquite and other brushy areas. Please contact compiler Claudia Dom at catbirddorn@yahoo.com to sign up and for further information.

Kingsville (TXKI): Saturday, January 4, 2014
Some of the highlights from previous years are Masked Duck, Green Kingfisher, Yellow-throated Warbler, Cassin's Sparrow and Lark Bunting. All are welcome! We meet at 6:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church's fellowship hall for group and area assignments. Co-compilers: Tom Langschied and Glenn Perrigo. Please contact Glenn at kfghp00@tamuk.edu for details on joining the count.


Rio Grande Valley

Chaparral Wildlife Management Area (TXCP): Saturday, December 14, 2013
The Chaparral Wildlife Management Area invites you to participate in our annual count. The CWMA consists of 15,200 acres of South Texas brush country. Directions: The Chaparral Wildlife Management Area is located 8 miles west of Artesia Wells on F.M. 133. Take I-35, to Artesia Wells/Catarina exit, turn west. For more information, contact Dan Walker, daniel.walker@tpwd.texas.gov, telephone 830-676-3413.

Laguna Atascosa (TXLA): Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Come join us for the 2012 Laguna Atascosa CBC located at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge!! If you are interested in participating please contact Jonathan Moczygemba by calling 956-748-3607 or by email at jonathan_moczygemba@fws.gov. We look forward to hearing from you. Please note that our count consist of very large refuge units where there will be no restrooms and/or amenities. I would recommend bringing drinks, snacks, lunch, binoculars and/or spotting scopes, and be prepared for a long day. If you have any special needs or request please bring them to our attention when registering for the count. Thank you for your help!!

Brownsville (TXBV): Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Please come out and help us count at one of the most diverse areas of Texas. There are 8 sections within the Brownsville CBC, which includes hotspots like Resaca de la Palma SP, Fish Hatchery Road, Palo Alto NHS, Padre Island Blvd., TNC Southmost Preserve, Sabal Palm Audubon Grove, UTB Campus, Downtown Brownsville, and much more! The new compiler is Stephanie Galla, habitat biologist for the World Birding Center State Parks in the RGV. She will be helped by Sherry Wilson and Michael Marsden. We want this year's Brownsville CBC to be a great success, and will need as many birders as we can get to sign up for sections! If you'd like to participate or have questions, please contact Stephanie at Stephanie.Galla@tpwd.texas.gov, cell: 512-221-8078. If you would like to sign up with a group of your birding buddies during the CBC count, we can sign your group up for a section, as well. After the count, Resaca de la Palma SP will be hosting a fabulous dinner at the park. Please join us for a ton of fun on December 18th!

Coastal Tip of Texas (TXCT): Thursday, December 19, 2013
There will be a new compiler in 2013. Interested in compiling? Contact Mary Gustafson at live4birds@aol.com.

La Sal Vieja (TXLS): Friday, December 20, 2013
The La Sal Vieja CBC is located out at the Valley Salt Lakes area in northeastern Hidalgo County and southwestern Willacy County. The area is a wonderful place to bird! The count normally averages about 165 species. The count circle has large areas of USFWS tracts which are hard to access by the public. The best and brightest Valley birders will be present so please come and join us. To participate please contact compiler JD Cortez, jorgedcortez@hotmail.com. Meet at the intersection of FM88 and FM186 at 6:30 am for assignments. Bring your sack lunch, and if you wish meet at 12:00 noon at Delta Lake County Park. A countdown dinner will be held (Alameda Mexican restaurant) in Elsa around 5:30 PM. Unfortunately, we do not have a sponsor for the countdown dinner this year, so bring your wallet.

Santa Ana (TXSA): Saturday, December 21, 2013
The Santa Ana CBC count circle includes Alamo, San Juan, Hidalgo, Pharr, much of McAllen and a bit of Donna. For more information, contact Gisela Chapa, gisela_chapa@fws.gov , telephone (956) 784-7541.

Weslaco (TXWS): Friday, December 27, 2013
Please call ahead or e-mail to register. Compiler John Yochum, john.yochum@tpwd.texas.gov, (956) 565-3919.

Laredo (TXLD): Saturday, December 28, 2013
Our count circle includes private ranches and public lands, much of which is on the Rio Grande. Anyone interested in helping out, please contact the compiler Glenda Barrera at barreraglenn@yahoo.com, 956-286-5876.

Falcon Dam and State Park (TXFD): Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Co-compilers: Mary Gustafson, live4birds@aol.com, and Dan Jones, rgvbirds@hotmail.com, 956-432-4528.

Anzalduas-Bentsen (TXAZ): Friday, January 3, 2014
Count circle includes Bentsen State Park and Anzalduas County Park. Participants, working in teams, may opt for a few hours of counting, an all-day marathon or anything in between. Compiler Melissa Chadwick, Melissa.Chadwick@tpwd.texas.gov, telephone 956-584-9156.

Harlingen (TXHG): Saturday, January 4, 2014
Compiler Norma Friedrich, acaskiskadee@yahoo.com, 956-428-2603.


Central Texas

Austin (TXAU): Saturday, December 14, 2013
The Austin CBC is sponsored by the Travis Audubon Habitat Conservation Committee. The CBC circle is centered on McKinney Falls State Park and basically covers southeast Austin (map of count circle). We need many birders of all skill levels to adequately survey the birds in the circle area to find all of the expected species and the rare species visiting the area. We would especially like to have some feeder watchers this year, so if you live within the circle and have bird feeders, please participate. If you would like to participate in the Austin CBC, email austincbc@gmail.com. More information is available at the Austin CBC website at http://www.austincbc.com/. The website has maps, a photo gallery and other important resources. Co-compilers are Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss.

Bell County (TXBU): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Sponsored by Twin Lakes Audubon Society, the count is open to anyone. Some of the more interesting birds that could be found this year include Mountain Plovers, three species of Longspurs, Mountain Bluebird, and almost certainly the Sage Thrasher. We appreciate anyone participating in the count, even new birders who wish to learn some field identifications of birds. Contact Tom Robbins at thos.robbins@sbcglobal.net. Tom has participated in this count since its inception in 1983 and has been compiler for several years.

College Station (TXCS): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Open to all participants. Highlights of recent counts include Pyrrhuloxia (2009) and the U.S. high count of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (2008). Anyone interested should contact the compiler, Betty Vermeire at bavermeire@suddenlink.net (cell 979-324-6654).

Crawford [Western Waco] (TXCR): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Open to all participants. Please preregister. We hope to break our "Western Waco" circle into 8 parts. Meet at 7:30am at the Bosque Square shopping center at the corner of Hwy 6 and Bosque Blvd. This is near where the Hwy 6 twin bridges cross Lake Waco. Please contact the compiler, Annette Jones, (plawaco@aol.com) in advance for further information if you would like to participate in our count!

Uvalde County (TXUC): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Come join us...a very good count in past...always some surprises in the past such as Audubon's Oriole; White-tailed Kite; Anhinga at Cook's Slough; always have some nice valley type birds...Green Jays and Great Kiskadees add to the colorful scene. Contact Susan Cooper, s-cooper@tamu.edu, or Bob Rasa, bobolink@stx.rr.com, for more information.

Balcones (TXBC): Monday, December 16, 2013
The Balcones CBC is sponsored by the Travis Audubon Habitat Conservation Committee and the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The circle includes all the tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area (map of count circle). We need many birders of all skill levels to adequately survey the birds in the circle area to find all of the expected species and the rare species visiting the area. We would especially like to have some feeder watchers this year, so if you live within the circle and have bird feeders, please participate. If you would like to participate, email balconescbc@gmail.com. More information is available at the Balcones CBC website at http://friendsofbalcones.org/cbc. Co-compilers are Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss.

Westcave Preserve (TXWP): Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Practice your birding skills while taking part in the Westcave Preserve Christmas Bird Count. The count area includes Westcave, Hamilton Pool and Reimers Ranch Preserves, part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, the Shield Ranch and portions of the Pedernales River, Colorado River and Lake Travis. Any level of interest is acceptable. Call the Preserve at 830-825-3442 for additional information. Registration required. Good numbers and a wide variety of sparrows, wrens and towhees are regularly seen. Any level of interest is acceptable. See Westcave Preserve CBC webpage for directions.

Love Creek (TXLC): Thursday, December 19, 2013
This is a brand new count in Bandera Co. that will include The Nature Conservancy's Love Creek Preserve and TPWD's Lost Maples SNA. The Love Creek CBC, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, will be co-compiled by Martin Hagne and Rebecca Flack. The count as it's name applies will include the awesome Love Creek Preserve, normally closed to the public. It also includes the famous Lost Maples SNA, including its newest acreage addition. It also includes at least 6 private ranches, with more to add in the future. We invite you to participate. We need advanced birders to lead sections, and of course those not as advanced to help inside sections. There is huge territory to cover so the more the better! We will pre-assign section leaders, and possibly helpers as well, but will also meet up that morning at 7 AM for assignments. Lunch in the field on your own, followed by a free countdown dinner. The NW Bandera county location will feature some of the Texas Hill Countries finest birding habitats. High ridges, low canyon valleys, valley grasslands, and oak and mixed forest, many creeks and minor rivers, small lakes and stock ponds, should yield a nice variety of Hill Country birds. If you want to sign up, contact either Martin Hagne at martinhagne@sbcglobal.net or Rebecca Flack at rflack@tnc.org.

Choke Canyon (TXCK): Friday, December 20, 2013
Covering Choke Canyon State Park, the reservoir, and surrounding scrub, fields, and woodlands, this count offers a high diversity of waterbirds, raptors, and sparrows, and easy access to many "South Texas" specialties. Coverage of the count circle is arranged prior to count day. Groups are assigned the night before, and each group is responsible for getting themselves going in the morning, so there is no pre-count meeting and no "official" start time other than "first light". A countdown dinner is held after the count to tally the species seen. Please contact compiler Paul Sunby at psunby@swca.com if interested for further details.

San Antonio (TXSA): Sunday, December 22, 2013
The circle is located in the south part of Bexar County and has some good habitat. This count can be very interesting, as we get a great mix of eastern, western and southern birds. The countdown dinner is at 6:30 PM at the Somerset Methodist Church on Somerset Road in Somerset. There is no centralized beginning place. All parties start out in the field with their leaders. If you are interested in participating please contact the compiler, Steve Hawkins at shawkins4@satx.rr.com or call 210-474-0308.

Lost Pines (LOPI): Saturday, December 28, 2013
Calling all birders! Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, LCRA’s McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Bastrop County Audubon Society and TPWD's Lost Pines Master Naturalists invite birding enthusiasts to join them for the Third Annual Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count. The count circle is located in Bastrop County between the Bastrop CBC and Austin CBC circles and just a bit to the north. Areas include McKinney Roughs, Hyatt Lost Pines, Webberville, Utley, numerous rural areas around Elgin, many area county roads and neighborhoods that include Crystal Lake, Bluebonnet Acres, Wilbarger Bend, Union Chapel and Young's Prairie Road. The count also encompasses miles of the lower Colorado River. Special events and workshops are planned around the count, and the Hyatt Lost Pines offers special discounted rates for the nights of Dec. 26-29. Learn more about the count, special events, and accommodations.

Waco (TXWA): Saturday, December 28, 2013
Open to all participants. We typically field 6 teams in the count circle and average from 110 to 120 species each year. Most teams begin their day within their count area and count to dusk. Anyone who is unassigned to a team who wants to join in the count at the last minute is asked to meet at 7:45 am in the parking lot of Equipment Depot (address: 4100 Interstate 35 South) located on New Road at Exit 331 on Interstate 35 (New Road Exit). Please contact the compiler, E.G. White-Swift, at eg.white-swift@eqdepot.com or 254-717-0946 (cell) in advance if you would like to participate in our count!

West Kerr (TXWK): Saturday, December 28, 2013
To participate, please contact the compiler, Bill Lindemann, at billin2@beecreek.net or 830-660-7592.

Palmetto State Park (TXPM): Sunday, December 29, 2013
I would encourage all those who bird the area or want to explore a new area to join us. The count circle offers an interesting mix of birds that include Zone-tailed Hawks that have been seen in and around the park over the last couple of years. If you are interested in helping with the count, please let me know at your earliest convenience. For more information and a copy of the count circle please contact compiler Dwayne Rogers at dwayne_rogers@comcast.net, 713-417-1309 (cell).

Gibbons Creek (TXGC): Monday, December 30, 2013
The count circle is located in Grimes County and encompasses Gibbons Creek Reservoir, the TMPA reclamation area(lakes, ponds, grasslands, woodlands), and the small communities of Anderson, Carlos, Keith, Singleton, Shiro, and Roans Prairie. The tree species in the circle are comprised mostly of hardwoods, but there are pines in the eastern portion of the circle. Waterfowl, long-legged wading birds, raptors, shorebirds, grassland birds, and woodland birds are encountered within the count circle. With the irruption of Red-breasted Nuthatches into the state this fall, I am hopeful we will count several this year. Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara, Cave Swallow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Sprague's Pipit, Henslow's Sparrow, and Harris's Sparrow are some of the species encountered on count day. Some of the rarities found within the count circle include Cinnamon Teal, Golden Eagle, Long-eared Owl, Ringed Kingfisher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Sage Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, and Evening Grosbeak. Everyone is welcomed to participate. Novice birders will be grouped with experienced birders. If you are interested in participating in the count, please send the compiler, Darrell Vollert, an e-mail at dvollert1967@yahoo.com, or call him at 979-251-4986. Participants will be e-mailed a map of the count circle with the territories defined. Participants will also receive the tabulation form, compilation form, rare bird documentation form, and a CBC form via e-mail or snail mail.

Bastrop - Buescher State Park (TXBB): Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Laurie Foss and Sheila Hargis will be compiling the count. After much consulting and surveying of prior participants, they have decided to continue to hold the count on January 1st. From their experience, counting birds in Bastrop is the perfect way to bring in the new year! Many birders are needed to adequately survey the birds in the circle area to find all of the expected species and the rare species visiting the area. They would especially like to have some feeder watchers, so if you live within the circle and have bird feeders, please participate. For more specific information about the Bastrop CBC including a map showing the count circle, check out Laurie's new website at www.bastropcbc.com. Email Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss at bastroptxcbc@gmail.com with questions or to register. Thank you for participating in this important citizen-science project!

Boerne (TXBO): Friday, January 3, 2014
Remember to dress in layers; bring water and a snack in case your group does not stop for lunch at a local eatery. Section results can be brought to the dinner, emailed to the compiler or mailed. Contact the compiler, BettySue Dunn at bebsd@hotmail.com or 210-296-7722 for further details, to let us know you will participate or with questions.

Fort Clark Springs - Brackettville (TXFB): Saturday, January 4, 2014
This will be our third CBC and we look forward to having additional participants. Fort Clark is a beautiful place to bird. MEET: Burger and Shake on Highway 90 East side of Brackettville, North side of the highway. Check in time 7:30-7:45 AM. It would be helpful for you to call so your name can be posted at the gate into Fort Clark Springs, as all participants must stop and check in at the gate. Lunch will be provided. Wear layered clothing. Contacts: Patsy Teiken (830-563-0312) patsy@patsyteiken.com or Jan Swarm (719-269-6912) JaniSwa@aol.com for more information.

Granger (TXGR): Saturday, January 4, 2014
Granger Lake in Williamson County is approximately 35 miles northeast of Austin. This is an important wintering habitat for many prairie species such as Mountain Plover, longspurs, Burrowing and Short-eared Owl, and Sprague's Pipit, with 20 species of sparrows documented on the count. The Granger CBC area offers diverse habitat, and participants will have the opportunity to count open farmland, freshwater, riparian woodland, and Blackland Prairie habitat. If you are interested in participating this year, please contact compiler Eric Carpenter at ecarpe@gmail.com.

Kerrville (TXKV): Sunday, January 5, 2014
All levels of birders are welcome -- we will put you with an accomplished birder if you are new or unsure. We meet at Starbucks at 7 AM. This on Highway 27. And we dine at Menchius Chinese Restaurant at 5:30. PM. For further details please contact the compiler Richard Redmond at ewigeon64@Hughes.net, telephone 830-460-1243.

New Braunfels (TXNB): Sunday, January 5, 2014
The Comal County Birders have coordinated the New Braunfels CBC for 11 years. Areas covered include Landa Park, Cypress Bend Park, the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers, fields near the NB airport, ponds, creeks, prairie, and subdivisions. The circle, centered on the county courthouse, is broken into 5 areas: N, S, W, E, and Central. The compiler is David Sarkozi. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact the count coordinator, Lynn Thompson, at lthompson54@satx.rr.com.

Crawford [Western Waco] (TXCR): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Open to all participants. Please preregister. We hope to break our "Western Waco" circle into 8 parts. Meet at 7:45 at Bosque Square corner of Hwy 6 and Bosque Blvd. Please contact Janet Wallace (j.wallace@grandecom.net) in advance for further information if you would like to participate in our count!


West Texas

Davis Mountains (TXDM): Saturday, December 14, 2013
If you would like to participate please contact the compiler, Chris Pipes, in advance at ccpipes@hotmail.com or 432-413-1554. Plan to meet at the Jeff Davis County Courthouse at 7:30 AM.

Balmorhea (TXBA): Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Balmorhea CBC traditionally falls on the day following the Davis Mountains. 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 Mark Lockwood ahead of time of your interest in participating in the Balmorhea count. Compiler: Mark Lockwood (Mark.Lockwood@tpwd.texas.gov).

Chisos Mountains (TSCM): Saturday, December 28, 2013
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 (email preferred) or phone 512-474-5499 (h) 512-912-4412 (w) 512-426-6033 (cell) for further details.

Comstock (TXCO): Saturday, December 28, 2013
Located 45 miles west of Del Rio, the count circle includes parts of the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers. Some routes on this count require a lot of walking. Meet at the Seminiole Canyon State Park headquarters at 7:30 AM. Please contact compiler Sue Wiedenfeld at suewie@hctc.net or phone 830-995-2300 to sign up and for further details.

Big Bend NP (East) - Rio Grande Village (TXBG): Sunday, December 29, 2013
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 (email preferred) or phone 512-474-5499 (h) 512-912-4412 (w) 512-426-6033 (cell) for further details.

Del Rio (TXDR): Sunday, December 29, 2013
Open to all participants. Please preregister. Meet at the Fisherman's Headquarters at the intersection of US 90 and US 277 north of Del Rio at 7 AM. Interested persons can e-mail compiler Mike Gleason at mgleason@stx.rr.com. Please include your phone number in your email. Your participation is appreciated. 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.

El Paso (TXEP): Sunday, December 29, 2013 (probable)
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. El Paso / Trans-Pecos Audubon Society.

Guadalupe Mountains (TXGM): Saturday, January 4, 2014
Please contact the compiler, Janet Coles, at Janet_Coles@nps.gov before count day because coverage areas will be assigned before count day. 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.



Amarillo (TXAM): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Open to all participants. Please preregister! All are welcome of course and we can always use more birders. The count circle includes Lake Tanglewood, Camp Don Harrington and Palo Duro Canyon State Park. For further details and to sign up for this count, email Thomas Johnson at tjohnson@adcpa.com or 806-622-2656.

Big Spring (TXBS): Saturday, December 14, 2013
The count circle includes part of the city of Big Spring, the city park, the state park, and Moss Lake. Anyone wishing to join in should contact Bill Lupardus at lupejwl@aol.com or 432-638-1585.

Lubbock County (TXLU): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Groups will meet up with their team leaders at times and points arranged by said leaders. Folk will bird until 5:00 PM at which point they will head on over to my place for a potluck supper (I provide the main course) and countdown. I need at least 16 people, including 8 leaders, to get this count done. Contact Anthony Hewetson, anthony.hewetson@ttuhsc.edu, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you wish to participate.

Muleshoe NWR (TXMU): Sunday, December 15, 2013
We meet at refuge headquarters at 7:30 AM, bird until noon (this is an area restricted count - doesn't take a lot of time), and then meet back at headquarters for a potluck lunch and countdown. I need at least 8 people, including 4 leaders, to get this count done. Please contact Anthony Hewetson, anthony.hewetson@ttuhsc.edu, telephone (806) 252-1213, if you'd like to participate.

San Angelo (TXSG): Sunday, December 15, 2013
Beginning birders are welcome and encouraged. This is a great way to develop and improve your birding skills. Our species counts have been in the 120's ... remarkable for west-central Texas. Each party will be designated an assigned an area around San Angelo to canvass. I will provide single sided lists in both alphabetic and phylogenetic orders. (The compilation will be in phylogenetic order however). Please let me know if you have a particular area you would like to bird and whether or not you'd like to lead a party. I look forward to seeing you all again and spread the word! I hope to see all of you there and reestablish our friendships and connections. If you have any questions, you may contact me at 325-486-6638 during the day or 325-942-6504 during the evening hours. I can also be contacted via email at russell.wilke@angelo.edu

Matador WMA (TXMW): Friday, December 20, 2013
We will meet at 7:00 AM at the Matador WMA headquarters office in Paducah, TX, Cottle County. Please contact Matthew Poole (matt.poole@tpwd.state.tx.us, 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). Some of the highlights from recent counts are Lesser Scaup, Virginia Rail, Golden-crowned Kinglet and Bushtits.

Buffalo Lake NWR (TXBL): Saturday, December 21, 2013
Open to all participants. Meet at the entrance to the Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge at 8:30 AM or email the compiler Joe Cepeda at jcepeda@mail.wtamu.edu.

Canadian River (TXIV): Saturday, December 21, 2013
We will meet at 7:15 AM at the Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area headquarters/office in Canadian, TX, Hemphill County. Please contact Trey Barron (trey.barron@tpwd.texas.gov, 806-669-1176) prior to the count date so that we can get a head count. Some of the highlights from past counts include Lesser Prairie-Chicken, American Tree Sparrow, and McCown's, Lapland, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs.

White River Lake (TXWR): Saturday, December 28, 2013
We meet at the White River Lake Marina at 7:30 AM, bird until 5:00 PM, and then meet back up at the marina for a hot supper and countdown. I need at least 10 people, including 5 leaders, to get this count done. If you are interested in participating, please contact Anthony Hewetson, anthony.hewetson@ttuhsc.edu, telephone (806) 252-1213.

Midland (TXMI): Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Sponsored by the Midland Naturalists. Please call 432-853-5318 or email Pat Hunter at pcthunter@hotmail.com.

Abilene (TXRL): Saturday, January 4, 2014
If you would like to participate, please contact Dolores Owens at sd.owens@suddenlink.net. Meet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 6:30 AM. We will reconvene at the church at 5:00 PM to tally our lists followed by dinner at El Fenix. For more info please email Dolores.

Robert Lee (TXRL): Saturday, January 4, 2014
The Robert Lee Count is in Coke County about 40 miles N/NW of San Angelo and includes East Spence Reservoir, Mountain Creek and reservoir, surrounding fields and mesas, with some birding from roads through private land. Contact Rose Marie Stortz at rm.stortz@sbcglobal.net or 432-770-6324.


North/East Texas

Fort Worth (TXFW): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Our bird count circle (click here for map), 15 miles in diameter, is centered at the Joint Reserve Base in west Fort Worth and is broken into 17 areas. Volunteers are always needed to help us count the birds! All levels of experience are welcome. This is especially good for beginners who can help us spot the birds and in the process learn to identify them and where to find them. Afterwards we’ll meet at the Hardwicke Center at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge for sandwiches catered by Subway (courtesy of the FWAS Board), the species countdown, lots of fun and a little bragging! If you’d like to help with the FWAS CBC please contact the leader of the area that you are interested in or the count organizer: Mary Lee Johnson at birder76051@yahoo.com, cell 817-909-4207. Area leaders.

Longview (TXLG): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Join us for our 25th count! Contact David Brotherton, birder10050@yahoo.com.

Wichita Falls (TXWF): Saturday, December 14, 2013
Sponsored by the North Texas Bird and Wildlife Club. Penny Miller is the compiler. Please contact Penny at txbirds@gmail.com for more information if you'd like to participate. Also see her blog for more information about the count.

Nacogdoches (TXNA): Sunday, December 15, 2013
Pre-dawn owling to dusk. Henslow's Sparrows, Brown-headed Nuthatches, and Virginia Rail are just a few of the birds seen on previous counts. We welcome any and all out-of-towners who would like to help! To participate please contact David Wolf (dewolfnac@gmail.com) or Mimi Wolf (mimihoppewolf48@gmail.com), by email or call (936) 569-6531.

Pineywoods (TXPI): Friday, December 20, 2013
Participants of all skill levels will be welcomed. Skilled birders will be teamed with beginners. Please contact compiler Kathleen Appelbaum at kappelbaum@suddenlink.net.

Dallas County (TXDA): Saturday, December 21, 2013
Sponsored by Audubon Dallas. The Dallas count circle is centered at the intersection of Inwood Road and Cedar Springs, so it is an urban/suburban count. The weather tends to be cool and occasionally rainy. To join a group and for further details, contact Reba Collins by email at rcollins20@verizon.net or phone at 972-530-2412. She has maps and zone leader names.

Hagerman NWR (TXHA): Saturday, December 21, 2013
Directions to headquarters: From intersection of US 75 and US 82 in Sherman, go west about 1 mile to FM 1417, turn north for about 5.5 miles. Turn west on Refuge Rd and follow signs to headquarters (6 miles more). Please contact compiler Wayne Meyer, wmeyer@austincollege.edu if you plan to participate. Find out more on the Friends of Hagerman NWR CBC page.

Lake O' the Pines (TXLO): Saturday, December 21, 2013
This is the 37th year for the count. Contact David Brotherton, birder10050@yahoo.com.

Lake Ray Hubbard (TXLR): Sunday, December 22, 2013
Some of the highlights from past CBC's have been Red-Breasted Merganser, Little Gull, Eurasian Wigeon, and Lesser Black-backed Gull. We will count around Lake Ray Hubbard, city parks, wetlands, riparian areas, and flyovers. For further details phone (214) 771-1383 cell or email compiler Peter Assmann at assmann@utdallas.edu. Supported by the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest.

Village Creek Drying Beds (TXVC): Thursday, December 26, 2013
This count covers the Drying Beds, River Legacy Park, most of Arlington and some portions of the Mid-Cities area. Please contact Jim Sipiora if you're available to assist and remember, all levels of expertise are welcome and needed. If you can spot the bird someone will be there to help you identify it. Jim can be reached at: sipiora.1@netzero.net.

McKinney (TXMC): Thursday, December 26, 2013
Open to all participants. This count is jointly sponsored by the Heard Museum and Sanctuary and the Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society. We NEED your help in our annual Christmas Bird Count, which we always do the day after Christmas. So, please put it on your calendar! The McKinney area is divided up into 9 zones including the Heard Sanctuary. If you would like to lead one of these zones, please let me know. And don't worry if you're not an expert birder, this is a FUN activity where you can learn identification skills! If you would like to volunteer feeder watch information, please let me know. Compiler Roger Sanderson (rsanderson@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org, 972-333-5671. Interesting birds usually seen on the sanctuary itself include Harris's and LeConte's Sparrows, Brown Creepers, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Spotted Towhees, while those searching other areas often see Pipits and Horned Larks. Map to Heard Museum and Sanctuary.

Lewisville (TXLV): Friday, December 27, 2013
Anyone interested in participating, please contact Keith Lockhart, keithlockhart@verizon.net or phone 972-317-8242.

Lake Tawakoni (TXLK): Saturday, December 28, 2013
Because it is the 30th year for count I hope I get a good turn out so let's and try make this a very special Tawakoni CBC. To participate please contact compiler Richard Kinney at rdkrsh@aol.com.

Cedar Hill: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Join us for the 2nd year of the Cedar Hill CBC! This circle includes Cedar Ridge Preserve, Cedar Hill State Park, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Joe Pool Lake, and the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, DeSoto, and Midlothian. Birders of all levels of expertise are welcome and needed. RSVP for a team assignment and details. Please contact Tania Homayoun at thomayoun@audubon.org or 469-526-1986 to register.

Tenaha-Timpson (Lake Murvaul) (TXTT): Wednesday, January 1, 2014
This is the 33rd year for the Tenaha/Lake Vurvaul count. Contact David Brotherton, birder10050@yahoo.com.

Texarkana - Wright Patman Lake (TXTE): Friday, January 3, 2014
All are welcome to participate. We will meet at the Corps of Engineers office at 7:00 AM. After dividing into groups, we will set out to our respective areas. Please contact Don and Arlene Kyle at rondokyle@windstream.net for further details.

Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC): Saturday, January 4, 2014
BIRDERS of ALL LEVELS are needed for this important effort. RSVP for a team assignment and details. Please contact Sahar Sea at ssea@audubon.org or 214-309-5813 to volunteer.

Palestine (TXPS): Saturday, January 4, 2014
Anyand all help appreciated! Species seen on recent counts include: Eared Grebe, White-tailed Kite, Bald Eagle, Crested Caracara, Prairie Falcon, Vermilion Flycatcher, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Towhee, Lark, Fox, Le Conte's & Harris's Sparrows, Purple Finch. Please contact Ann Huffstetter (saehop@yahoo.com 903-723-0225) to participate.

Paris (TXPR): Saturday, January 4, 2014
Sponsored by the Red River Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.We have some very interesting areas to count including a goose refuge, Pat Mayse Lake, and Lake Crook. We usually don't get very many people out for our count so everyone is more than welcome to help out. You're sure to make a difference. Anyone interested in participating please contact me - Nancee Salzman, compiler nanceesalzman30@gmail.com or phone 903-784-1779 for details, assignments and other information.

Tyler (TXTY): Saturday, January 4, 2014
This count in northeast Texas includes woodland and lakeside habitat with a good variety of pineywoods birds. Anyone who is interested should contact Peter Barnes, email: pbarnes123@gmail.com telephone 903-839-8359 (home) or 903-877-5956 (work). Some interesting birds on recent counts have been Ross's Goose, Virginia Rail, American Woodcock, Greater Roadrunner, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Le Conte's Sparrow, Pine Siskin and Purple Finch, as well as the expected pineywoods birds, such as Red-headed and Pileated Woodpecker, and Brown-headed Nuthatch.


This list reports details of the counts as provided by the compilers. Houston Audubon is not responsible for administration of the counts.


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