Birds in the Park – July 2018

From Jason Bonilla, Houston Audubon Society:

Hi all. We had our Woodland Park bird survey this morning with 16 species observed. Les took some great photos of a male Belted Kingfisher perched along Little White Oak Bayou. This is the first time we have seen a Belted Kingfisher at the park in July during one of our surveys. Looking back through past data, Belted Kingfishers have been observed at Woodland Park during our surveys between August 17th and March 31st. Chris Hammond saw one on April 22nd at Woodland Park this year. A Belted Kingfisher has been seen at Woodland Park every year since the survey started in 2011.

Belted Kingfisher sightings have been reported through eBird in the greater Houston area for every month but there have only been 3 May, 2 June, and 6 July sightings (including ours) reported through eBird within the 610 loop over the last 10 years.

We also had a fly by of a group of 8 Monk Parakeets which is a new bird for the park.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 2 (1 adult, 1 immature)
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Swainson's Hawk -1 (right on time and at the same spot we have seen during recent surveys)
White-winged Dove - 10
Belted Kingfisher - 1 (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Monk Parakeet - 8 (fly by)
Blue Jay - 5
Barn Swallow - 1
swallow sp. - 4
Carolina Wren - 5
Red-vented Bulbul - 7
American Robin - 8
Northern Mockingbird - 4
European Starling - 4
Northern Cardinal - 6