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Hermann Park Bird Survey

Next Survey: June 10, 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 13

Today we found 39 unique species (including one warbler) in Hermann Park.  The counts from both sides of Braes Bayou are given below so you can see which side harbors which specie.  Enjoying this beautiful weather this morning were fifteen participants - Skip Almoney, David Barry, Dick Brooks, Melisa Bruce, Jane Campbell, Ellen Coombs, Harlan Evans, Joy Hester, Ben Hulsey, Barbara Massey, Missy Moore, JR Ridgway, Sam Steph, Jim Winn and Liz Zivley.  

  --  Jim Winn

West of Hermann Park Drive (around McGovern Lake)
May 13, 2019 7:40 AM - 10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
27 species   

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  37
Swan Goose (Domestic type) 9
Egyptian Goose  4
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type) 67
Mallard (Domestic type)  12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  45
White-winged Dove  X
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Cattle Egret  2
Green Heron 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  2
Mississippi Kite  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay  16
Purple Martin  44
Cliff Swallow 1
American Robin 9
Northern Mockingbird  8
European Starling 6
House Finch 2
Great-tailed Grackle  55
Northern Cardinal  4
House Sparrow 6

East of Hermann Park Drive (across the bayou)
Hermann Park, Harris, Texas, US
May 13, 2019 7:40 AM - 9:46 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.88 mile(s)
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  3
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  15
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
White-winged Dove  68
Mourning Dove  3
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Neotropic Cormorant  20
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  5
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  2
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  19
Purple Martin  2
Barn Swallow  7
Cliff Swallow  3
American Robin  11
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  14
European Starling  8
Great-tailed Grackle  7
Magnolia Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  9
Indigo Bunting  4
House Sparrow  2  


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