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Bird Surveys

Woodland Park Bird Survey

Upcoming Survey: Sunday, June 23 at 7:30 AM

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl at Woodland Park

Photo by Les Ruthven

April 22 Report

We found 33 species during our April survey.  It was an amazing morning of birding.  The birds looked like ornaments in the trees.  Spring birds were all over Woodland Park this morning and have been all week based on Mary's reporting. Mary and Chris stayed longer and pulled in a bunch of other birds too, over 50 species!  There were several new birds added to our official survey list (Eastern Kingbird; Bay-breasted Warbler; Blue Grosbeak).  I also added my 200th bird species to my personal Harris County life list from our sightings at Woodland Park this morning (Eastern Kingbird).  I suspect there will be good spring birds at Woodland Park over the next couple of weeks if you get a chance to bird the park.  As of now, our next Woodland Park survey will be on May 19. See spreadsheet at the top of the page for details of all the counts.

-- Jason Bonilla 


Monthly Surveys

Meet count leader Jason Bonilla in the parking lot of Woodland Park. Please note that the park does not have a maintained trail system. As such, there is a lot of poison ivy that is somewhat unavoidable when walking the park and looking for birds. Additionally, there are terrain changes and unstable areas. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. We usually meet on the third Saturday of the month. Please check the website for last minute updates.

Background Information: (by Jason Bonilla) Woodland Park, located a few miles from downtown in Woodland Heights, is an excellent park for urban birding. The Friends of Woodland Park and members of Houston Audubon get together monthly for a 2-hour bird walk from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. We have seen lots of great birds during every season over the past few years, including nice spring migrants. Several exotic species have also been seen at the park, including Red-vented Bulbuls, Nutmeg Mannikins, and Orange-cheeked Waxbills. Anyone is welcome to join us as we explore one of Houston's oldest parks.

Leader: Jason Bonilla (

Park Address: 212 Parkview, Houston, 77009