The 2012 Dallas CBC
This is the 59th Dallas Christmas Bird Count.
You can download the count as an Excel file in the download section below.
This list is currently at 116 species for Count Day and 117 for Count Week. Ladder-backed Woodpecker was added to Count Week (12-16-12, image below). White-Rock Lake had six gull sp. reported: Ring-billed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Franklin's Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, and Little Gull. Weather was abnormally mild and clear. Highs in 70's. White Ibis (54!) and Chestnut-sided Warbler (details) will be added as new species to the Dallas Count.
The California Gull previously listed as a full species is now considered unidentifiable.
Images from the 2012 Dallas Christmas Bird Count.
Historical Dallas Christmas Count Information
Obvious Mistakes from Past Years
Plain Titmouse (55) from 1967. Pulich shows no records of this Trans-Pecos bird before or after the species split. Clearly this was a bizarre misidentification or a mammoth clerical error. Now considered "Juniper Titmouse".
Curiosities and Possible Errors
* Sage Thrasher (7) from 1957 – No records from that year (Pulich)
* Baird’s Sparrow (4) from 1961 – No records from that year (Pulich)
* Golden-fronted Woodpecker –1978, 1984. Probably misidentified
* Dickcissel (1) from 1982 (possible, but no details)
I Wish I Had Seen It
* Rough-legged Hawk – several seen nearly every year from 1957-1978. More common before the county became so urban
* Glaucous Gull from 2001 (cw) – details available
* King Rail from 1962, 1964, 1969
* Couch’s/Tropical Kingbird from 2005 – details and photograph
* White-eyed Vireo from 2009 - details available
* Townsend’s Solitaire from 1973
* Northern Parula Warbler from 2000 – details available
* Nashville Warbler (2) from 1995 and 2010 – details available
* Chestnut-sided Warbler - from 2012 - details available
* Mourning Warbler (1) from 1991
* Western Tanager (1) from 1996 – details available (Actually, I did see it! Seen by myself and two others)
* Blue Grosbeak from 1976 (I actually met the woman who had this bird at her feeder for a few weeks during that year.)
* Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male) from 1999 and 2006 – details available for both years
High Numbers of Interesting Species
* Hairy Woodpecker – 22 from 1982
* Red-headed Woodpecker 14 from 1984
* Eastern Bluebird – 68 from 1973
* Red-winged Blackbird – 613,841 from 1977 and 510,739 from 1978. (Since 1980, most individual blackbird numbers have not exceeded four figures.)
Top Ten Dallas CBCs by Species
2004 = 119 CD and 125 CW
Dallas Christmas Count Factoids
In the 20th-century, the highest species total for a Dallas Christmas Bird Count was in 1982 with108 species. Every year since 2002 has exceeded that mark even though participation is half of what it was during the peak years of participation.
The 1982 Count also had 105 participants. The peak window of time for Dallas Count participation was between 1975-1985.
The first two counts, the 1954 and 1955 counts, had only ONE participant. The 1957 Count had seven. All other counts had at least double digits.
The lowest recorded temperature for a Dallas CBC was 13 degrees in 1989. The highest recorded temperature was 77 degrees in 2006.
Several species that were regular during the early years of the count (1950s and 1960's) are no longer seen with any regularity: These birds include Northern Bobwhite, Rough-legged Hawk, King Rail, Red-headed Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Greater Roadrunner, and Lapland Longspur.
Birds regularly being seen now that were not seen in the 20th-century are Neotropic Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Mottled Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Franklin's Gull, Selasphorus Hummingbird, White-winged Dove, and Sedge Wren.
Sparrow and duck numbers are trending downward, but species diversity among gulls and some passerine groups are higher.
The count circle has remained constant since it began in 1954. The map has been added as an PDF file attachment at the bottom of this page.
If you wish to look up historical count data by count circle, the Dallas code is TXDA. Historical Count Data
Unusual Photo Sightings from Past Christmas Counts
Common Nighthawk from 2006 Count
California Gull from 2006 Count
Selasphorus Hummingbird from 2007 and 2008 counts
Tropical\Couch's Kingbird from 2005 Count
Last Year's Count.... The 2011 Dallas CBC
The 2011 Dallas Count tallied 116 birds for the count day and 117 for count week (Common Merganser - cw). We added a new species in Mottled Duck. We had very high numbers of Eastern Bluebirds and we had all the typical wren species including House, Marsh, and Sedge wrens.
For zone information, you can download the entire 2011 Dallas Christmas Bird in an excel format at the bottom of this page.
(correction added December 27 - Blue-winged Teal added to spreadsheet increasing the total by one = 116 count day and 117 cw)
The 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Christmas Count data in Excel format are attached files at the bottom of this page.