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Hermann Park Bird Survey

Next Survey: February 10, starting at 7:30 AM

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

Photographed by Ben Hulsey at Hermann Park

Volunteer Coordinators: Jim Winn and Harlan Evans

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: January 13

It was a big day for birds at Hermann Park this morning as the drizzling rain was no deterrent for birds or the fourteen birders. We tallied fifty (48) species on the Combined Checklist. A great day, yet surprisingly not a record for the Park. Recent January counts were: 2017 – 52; 2019 – 44; 2020 – 48. Sorting out the species were Skip Almoney, Leta and David Barry, Dick Brooks, Larry Debala, Harlan Evans, Marian Harrison, Doris Heard, Ben Hulsey, Lori Mckenna, Linda Newton, Peter Tsan, Jim Winn and Jan Yauch. Today was the first recorded occurrence of Nutmeg Mannikin/Scaly-breasted Munia in the Park. (Found on the last page of Sibley Field Guide of Easter N America under Exotic Finches.) The winter visit of the Hermit Thrush showed itself several times and a couple of Gadwalls provided close scrutiny at an edge of McGovern Lake.

  -- Jim Winn

Combined Checklist: January 13, 2020
48 Species  

208 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
11 Graylag Goose (Domestic type)
12 Swan Goose (Domestic type)
1 Egyptian Goose
72 Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)
 2 Gadwall
18 Mallard (Domestic type)
46 Ring-necked Duck
51 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
1 Eurasian Collared Dove
160 White-winged Dove
 2 Spotted Sandpiper
15 American Coot
25 Double-crested Cormorant
12 Neotropic Cormorant 
2 Brown Pelican
4 Great Blue Heron
2 Great Egret
3 Snowy Egret
2 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
1 Osprey
3 Cooper's Hawk
2 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Eastern Phoebe
4 Blue-headed Vireo
30 Blue Jay
  1 American Crow
  1 Carolina Chickadee
10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 House Wren
12 European Starling
13 Northern Mockingbird
1 Hermit Thrush
4 American Robin
6 Scaly-breasted Munia
1 Savannah Sparrow
4 House Sparrow
2 American Goldfinch
27 Great-tailed Grackle
6 Orange-crowned Warbler
5 Pine Warbler
45 Yellow-rumped Warbler
7 Northern Cardinal

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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