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Bird Surveys

Armand Bayou Bird Survey

Next Monthly Survey: November 11, starting at 7 AM

We will hold our bird count at 7 AM, starting off from the front parking lot of Armand Bayou Nature Center, dispersing from there. Please try and be here by 7 AM as gates will lock promptly at 7:05. I really hope you all can join us as we can try to spread back across all of our many areas we typically bird. If we have enough volunteers, I would like to not only cover Armand Bayou and Bay Area Park but also UH Clear Lake, a few offsite lakes/ponds, and the Village Grove portion of upper Armand Bayou. If you plan on attending, feel free to shoot me an email or just show up!  After the count, we'll go for breakfast/ lunch at Classic Cafe! Please join us if you can, looking forward to a nice morning and seeing everyone.

Andrew Hamlett (, Leader, Armand Bayou Nature Center Survey

Latest Report: June 10

I wanted to again thank everyone who came out to help out on the June bird count. I know the summer months don't always have the glory of migration but there are still plenty of birds and nature to see, as well as our census data to record. We had a bit slower morning (species wise) with some nice individual sightings scattered about.  Least Bittern was observed on the bayou, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, multiple White-eyed Vireos, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Purple Martins were all observed. We ended up with 41 species on the nature center property and 48 for the day, counting the Bay Area Park crew. I had a few more sightings pop up on the way out as well as some reported later, including a Swainson's Hawk and another Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  I'm not sure where our Painted Buntings have gone, they used to be regulars at Armand Bayou, heard and seen on any given day; now are quite difficult to find. Same goes for Loggerhead Shrike.  Keep your eyes open for them this month if your on the Nature Center.  Really would like to know if they are still being seen.
Andrew Hamlett

Background Information

Armand Bayou Nature Center

The Armand Bayou Nature Center is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. The 2,500 acres of the refuge include prairie wetlands, forested wetlands, marshes, and the bayou. It provides great birding opportunities in a convenient location in Clear Lake off Bay Area Blvd., near the Johnson Space Center. Andrew Hamlett has been leading monthly bird counts at Armand Bayou Nature Center for Houston Audubon since 2006. In addition to the nature center, Bay Area Park and the UH Clear Lake campus are also surveyed if there are enough participants. Counts are held on the second Saturday of each month.