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Bird Surveys

Rice University Bird Survey

Leaders: Cin-Ty Lee, Stuart Nelson, and Mark Kulstad

Bi-Weekly Census on Tuesday Mornings

Next Survey: to be determined

-- Cin-Ty Lee

Previous survey reports are on my blog.


About the Survey

We're conducting a biweekly census on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Beginners to experts, all are welcome. During migration periods, we may schedule more frequent counts. Meeting time varies with the season. Meet at Intramural Field 6 (coordinates: 29.714622, -95.402109), which is by Harris Gully and between the Tudor Field House and Wiess College. The closest paid parking is in the Moody Visitor lot, which is accessed from the entrance to campus at the intersection of University Blvd and Stockton St. From the Moody Center parking lot, walk east along the paved road past Reckling baseball park to the intramural area. We begin at Harris Gully. From there, we will make a circuit around campus and end at the café at the Brochstein Pavilion. 

If you'd like to participate in the survey, please contact: Cin-Ty Lee at ctlee@rice.edu to be put on the mailing list. Our posted schedule is tentative and subject to updates.

228 species of birds have been recorded at Rice. It ranks as one of the top migrant traps in Harris County. At the right time of the year and with the right weather patterns, numerous migrating songbirds and sometimes migrating hawks and waders can be seen. For an urban environment, Rice stands out for the number of unusual birds that have shown up over the years. Oddities have included Wood Stork, Zone-tailed Hawk, Harris’s Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, American Woodcock, Virginia Rail, Vermilion Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Sprague’s Pipit, Bell’s Vireo, Cassin’s Vireo, Townsend’s Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Grasshopper Sparrow, LeConte’s Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Harris’s Sparrow, and Western Meadowlark.

The map below shows the meeting location. The coordinates are 29.714735, -95.402145 

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