Past Results

History and Past Results

The Christmas Bird Count
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is an annual, international event that began at the turn of the last century. It originated as an alternative to the "Side Hunts" in which competition focused on the most birds killed, rather than observed and recorded as part of a complete census of species and their numbers on a nationwide basis. You can read more about its remarkable and illustrious history at Audubon's CBC web site.

The Brazos Bend Count
2016 marks the 32nd annual Brazos Bend Christmas Bird Count, and the 117th Audubon CBC. The Brazos Bend Count is as old as the Park itself, and has routinely ranked in the top 5% of CBC events nationwide for several years. The Park and surrounding area has long been a favorite hotspot for birding enthusiasts. Our local CBC is staffed by participants from throughout the area including experienced leaders. Together with many supporting intermediate or beginning birders work to assure a thoroughly enjoyable effort form start to finish. Park Ranger David Heinecke, Bill Godley, and Justin Bower have led the CBC as its lead Compilers for several years.

 David Heinecke, the Big Bird Award (2009 version), and Bill Godley 


Justin Bower, 2016 Compiler 

Working as teams, the excitement and new friendships make for an enjoyable day. The success of the CBC is the product of a determined and enthusiastic participant base with a core group of expert area leaders. Brazos Bend and its environs represent a wealth of different habitats and its veteran participants bring years of local expertise to bear in flushing out rare birds.

The culmination of each year's CBC is the anticipated Count Dinner. After a day of birding, participants enjoy some great BBQ from the Swinging Door Restaurant and count the species seen during the day. The highlight of the dinner is the coveted “Big Bird Award” to the participant judged as finding the “most special bird” of the day. 

Past Results
The 2015 Count was another success with a great variety of species noted. A report on the results of  2015 Brazos Bend CBC Report can be seen online by clicking here.

Some of the rarer birds for the area (or season) included Palm Warbler, Nutmeg Manikin, several Great Kiskadees, and a Northern Parula. The coveted Big Bird Award went to Mark Scheuerman and the Area B/NRG group for the Brown Booby.

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