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Bird Surveys

Woodland Park Bird Survey

Upcoming Survey: April 8 at 7:30 AM

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl at Woodland Park

Photo by Les Ruthven

Meet count leader Jason Bonilla in the parking lot of Woodland Park. Please note that the park does not have a maintained trail system. As such, there is a lot of poison ivy that is somewhat unavoidable when walking the park and looking for birds. Additionally, there are terrain changes and unstable areas. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

July 9 Report: We had our July bird survey this morning with some fantastic views of a male Orchard Oriole and Great Horned Owl! I am attaching two photos of the Orchard Oriole that Conor Best spotted and photographed. Becky has posted some of Conor's other photos of the Orchard Oriole, as well as Conor's photo of a Great Crested Flycatcher, to the Friends of Woodland Park website. This was also the first time we have seen Cattle Egrets fly over from the park. eBird now lists 103 species seen at Woodland Park. See the link above for the spreadsheet of data of all our bird counts. It includes the past 5 years of sightings since we started the survey, including the start of our 6th year.
Jason Bonilla, Leader

Background Information: (by Jason Bonilla) Woodland Park, located a few miles from downtown in Woodland Heights, is an excellent park for urban birding. The Friends of Woodland Park and members of Houston Audubon get together monthly for a 2-hour bird walk from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. We have seen lots of great birds during every season over the past few years, including nice spring migrants. Several exotic species have also been seen at the park, including Red-vented Bulbuls, Nutmeg Mannikins, and Orange-cheeked Waxbills. Anyone is welcome to join us as we explore one of Houston's oldest parks.

Leader: Jason Bonilla (

Park Address: 212 Parkview, Houston, 77009