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Bird Surveys

Armand Bayou Bird Survey

Next Monthly Survey: February 9, starting at 7 AM

We begin our monthly 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!  Please join us if you can, looking forward to a nice morning and seeing everyone.
Andrew Hamlett (, Leader, Armand Bayou Nature Center Survey

November 17 Report

All I can say is WOW. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say, this was one of the most productive bird counts we’ve had in years. Between the Nature Center, Village Grove and Bay Area Park (list not included) we had somewhere between 82-84 species. For the day, we tallied 7 warbler species; highlights include an incredible view of a molting Bay-Breasted Warbler (pictures included on Facebook) Nashville Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler. We had 6 sparrow species including Grasshopper, White-Crowned and Lincoln. Other highlights included a late Indigo Bunting, Brown Creeper, an Immature Bald Eagle and large fly over flocks of Tree Swallow and White Pelicans. The weather was incredible, the birds were better and the volunteers were awesome. Thank you everyone who came out, it was a beautiful morning. Please don’t forget to sign up for Christmas Bird Count on 12/15/2018. We also need lots of feeder watchers within the circle so if you can’t make all day and would still like to participate, please sign up to be a backyard feeder watcher/counter.
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.