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Hermann Park Bird Survey

Next Survey: June 12, starting at 7:30 AM

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Photographed by Ben Hulsey at Hermann Park

Volunteer Coordinator: Jim Winn

The public is invited to join us at Hermann Park on the second Monday morning of each month. There is no charge for these bird walks and children are welcomed. We meet in parking lot "D" on the south side of the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage. From Hermann Park Drive parking lot "D" shares the entrance with parking lot "E". From the fountain in front of Hotel ZaZa, drive around on Hermann Park Dr.(also shown as Golf Course Dr. on some maps) past the Museum of Natural Science and McGovern Centennial Gardens. The entrance to Parking Lot D will be on your right side, just before you get to the large lots in front of the main zoo entrance. The entrance will say Parking Lot "E". Go in there. Parking Lot "D" is behind Lot "E".

Latest Report: May 8

It was a pleasant and quiet morning in the park.   Thanks to seventeen participants - Skip Almoney,  David & Leta Barry, Harlan Evans, Gary & Kathy Greer, Ben Hulsey, Barbara Massey, Missy Moore, Gary Olson, JR Ridgway, Gordon Tsai , Jim Winn, Wendy Wright, Pauline Zinn, Lee Chen, and Sarah Kim - we found 32 species and 4 other taxa.  The best bird of the day was a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen in the Japanese Garden.  Our thanks to those who helped the Hermann's Herons team raise $965 for Houston Audubon.  All funds go to support Houston Audubon’s mission and its supporting programs.  When next we meet it will be summer!  Hope to see you then on Monday, June 12.
  -- Jim Winn

Notes for Birders

Hermann Park, one the city's oldest and most popular parks, has many attractions not only for people but birds as well. The wooded areas, ponds and bayou attract over 150 species of birds each year. Braes Bayou runs through the 407 park acres. This varied park habitat supports a variety of birds. Commonly found in the park are Mallards, American Coots, Rock Pigeons, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Mourning and White-winged Doves, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, and Great-tailed Grackle.

On the west side of the bayou we find the large McGovern Lake surrounded by various trees—pines, bald cypress, sycamore, red maple, and a variety of oaks. Birds are also drawn to Turk's cap, American beautyberry and yaupon in the understory. At various times throughout the year this habitat attracts Ring-necked Ducks, Cormorants, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Black-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Laughing Gull, and Chimney Swifts. Over on the east side of the bayou there are a variety of hard woods including hackberry, oaks, and bald cypress. And the understory includes yaupon, palmetto and coralberry. Seasonal birds seen there include Barn and Cliff Swallows, and various warblers such as Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler and Blackburnian Warbler. Other species seen at the bayou have been Brown Pelican, Least Sandpiper, Osprey and American Pipit.
-- Jim Winn

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