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Bird Surveys

Rice University Bird Survey

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

Rice Bird Census on Monday Mornings

Next Survey: April 19, 2021

Migration is in full swing! it has been an amazing week and tomorrow should bring in many birds with the cold front. The Rice-Audubon bird walks meet at 7:30 AM at Intramural 6, which is behind the Social Sciences building and next to Wiess College. Beginners and newcomers are welcome! Remember to bring your masks.

-- Cin-Ty Lee


About the Survey

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. 

To be put on the mailing list, please contact: Cin-Ty Lee at ctlee@rice.edu. 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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