On the Upper Texas Coast, we are fortunate to have hundreds of bird species that live here year-round or seasonally. Listed below are the species that have been reliably sighted in our area. Each species is listed with its common name, a photo, the time(s) of year when it is seen, the habitat(s) it favors, areas where the bird has been spotted, a link to an in-depth identification guide, and a link to a map showing sightings of the bird.

Thanks to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird website and All About Birds website for the information and maps compiled in this list. This list is merely a collection of links and information, all research credit is due to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photo credit to All About Birds.

Note that the photos of the birds are mostly males in breeding plumages, and that reliable reports were based off of recent, repeated reports.

Waterfowl

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Dendrocygna autumnalis

Present in: Mar-Nov, some resident

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, rice fields, wooded areas

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Identification

Ebird Map

Fulvous Whistling Duck

Dendrocygna bicolor

Present in: Mar-Nov, some resident

Habitat: Rice fields, ponds, lakes

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

Identification

Ebird Map

Greater White-fronted Goose

Anser albifrons

Present in: Oct-Apr

Habitat: Marsh, rice and corn fields

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary.

Identification

Ebird Map

Snow Goose

Anser caerulescens

Present in: Oct-Mar

Habitat: Fields, lakes, rice stubble

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Brazos River County Park, Galveston Island State Park, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary.

Identification

Ebird Map

Ross's Goose

Anser rossii

Present in: Oct-Mar

Habitat: Rice fields, marshes, prairie

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Brazos River County Park, Galveston Island State Park, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary.

Identification

Ebird Map

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, swamp, bayou

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazos River County Park, High Island (Smith Oaks), Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Bayside Regional Park, Armand Bayou Nature Center.

Identification

Ebird Map

Blue-winged Teal

Spatula discors

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Marshes, flooded ditches

Reliably reported at: Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston Island State Park, Sweetwater Nature Preserve, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Identification

Ebird Map

Cinnamon Teal

Spatula cyanoptera

Present in: Oct-Apr

Habitat: Marshes, ponds

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Identification

Ebird Map

Northern Shoveler

Spatula clypeata

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Lakes, reservoirs, flooded fields, bayous, bay waters

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Bryan Beach, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston Island State Park, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

Gadwall

Mareca strepera

Present in: Sept-May

Habitat: Lakes, reservoirs, flooded fields, bayous

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Bryan Beach, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston Island State Park, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, San Jacinto Battleground Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

American Wigeon

Mareca americana

Present in: Sept-May

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, flooded fields

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston Island State Park, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Identification

Ebird Map

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

Present in: Sept-Apr

Habitat: Lakes, reservoirs, flooded fields

Reliably reported at: San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston Island State Park, Nassau Bay Peninsula Wildlife Reserve

Identification

Ebird Map

Mottled Duck

Anas fulvigula

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Fresh, brackish & saltwater marshes, lakes, flooded fields

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Bryan Beach, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston Island State Park, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Bolivar Flats, San Luis Pass

Identification

Ebird Map

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Present in: Sept-May

Habitat: Fresh & brackish marshes, bays

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston Island State Park, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, San Luis Pass

Identification

Ebird Map

Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

Present in: Sept-May

Habitat: Marshes, flooded fields, bay waters

Reliably reported at: Brazos River County Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston Island State Park, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Identification

Ebird Map

Canvasback

Aythya valisineria

Present in: Oct-Apr

Habitat: Ocean, bays, estuaries, lakes

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend State Park, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Katie Prairie, John Paul Landing Park, NRG Cooling Ponds/Dutton Lake

Identification

Ebird Map

Redhead

Aythya americana

Present in: Oct-Apr

Habitat: Oceans, bays, lakes, ponds

Reliably reported at: West Galveston bay, Christmas Bay, FLNG ponds Quintana, Katy Prairie, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Identification

Ebird Map

Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Present in: Oct-Apr

Habitat: Pounds, impoundments

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend, Warren Lake, Hermann Park HAS, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Galveston

Identification

Ebird Map

Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

Present in: Oct-May

Habitat: Oceans, bays, lakes

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend, Morgan's Point, Bryan Beach, Galveston Island SP, Seabrook Wildlife Park, Katy Prairie

Identification

Ebird Map

Greater Scaup

Aythya marila

Present in: Nov-Apr

Habitat: Larger bays, nearshore waters

Reliably reported at: Sugar Bean ponds Galveston, Port Bolivar, Quintana beach and jetty

Identification

Ebird Map

Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

Present in: Nov-Apr

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, saltwater marshes

Reliably reported at: Thompson's Bait Camp, Galveston Island SP, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Port Bolivar, Lavaca/Cox Bay

Identification

Ebird Map

Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

Present in: Nov-Apr

Habitat: Bays, open waters

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Moses lake/ Dollar Bay, Port Bolivar, Seabrook--Back Bay

Identification

Ebird Map

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Present in: Nov-Apr

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, tidal sloughs

Reliably reported at: San Jacinto SP, Barker Reservoir, Brazos Bend, Seabrook Wildlife Park

Identification

Ebird Map

Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator

Present in: Oct-May

Habitat: Bays, rivers, ocean

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Bolivar peninsula, McHale Park, Hermann Park

Identification

Ebird Map

Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Bays, brackish water, ponds

Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend SP, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR, San Jacinto Battleground, Katy Prairie

Identification

Ebird Map

Waterbirds

Common Loon

Gavia immer

Present in: Oct-May

Habitat: Oceans, bays, lakes

Reliably reported at: Offatts Bayou, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Texas City, Lafitte's Cove

Identification

Ebird Map

Least Grebe

Tachybaptus dominicus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Pond to reservoir-sized fresh water bodies

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Lafitte's Cove

Identification

Ebird Map

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Fresh or brackish waters

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Texas City WTP, Armand Bayou Nature Ctr., Anahuac NWR, Mason Park, Katy Prairie, San Bernard NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Eared Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis

Present in: Sept-June

Habitat: Coastal waters, bays

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Texas City dike, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Offatts Bayou

Identification

Ebird Map

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Present in: Aug-May

Habitat: Gulf and bay waters

Reliably reported at: San Luis Pass, Rollover Pass, Bolivar, Fort Bend, McFaddin NWR, Bryan Beach

Identification

Ebird Map

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Gulf and bay waters

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Robinson Park, Anahuac NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Morgan's Point

Identification

Ebird Map

Neotropic Cormorant

Nannopterum brasilianum

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Fresh and salt marshes, bays, reservoirs

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Fort Bend, Anahuac NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Brazoria NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Double-crested Cormorant

Nannopterum auritum

Present in: Sept-June

Habitat: Fresh and salt marshes, bays, ocean waters

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Fort Bend, Anahuac NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Brazoria NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Anhinga

Anhinga anhinga

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Lakes, swamps, standing water

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Fort Bend, Anahuac NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Brazoria NWR, Brazos Bend SP

Identification

Ebird Map

Magnificent Frigatebird

Fregata magnificens

Present in: Apr-Nov

Habitat: Flying in bays and ocean waters

Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Seabrook, Galveston Seawall, Surfside Beach and Jetty

Identification

Ebird Map

American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus

Present in: Aug-May

Habitat: Freshwater and brackish marshes, paddy fields

Reliably reported at: Anahuac NWR, Horseshoe Marsh, Brazoria NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Quintana, Galveston

Identification

Ebird Map

Least Bittern

Ixobrychus exilis

Present in: Mar-Nov

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, estuarine habitats

Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Brazos Bend SP, Brazoria NWR, San Bernard NWR, Sea Rim SP

Identification

Ebird Map

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Wetlands of all types

Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Brazos Bend SP, Brazoria NWR, San Bernard NWR, Sea Rim SP

Identification

Ebird Map

Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Lakes and reservoirs, flooded fields, marshes, bayous, beaches

Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Nassau Bay Peninsula Wildlife Reserve

Identification

Ebird Map

Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Beaches, intertidal flats, marshes

Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Nassau Bay Peninsula Wildlife Reserve, Bay Area Park

Identification

Ebird Map

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Fresh water creeks, sloughs, bayous, margins of inland lakes

Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Nyctanassa violacea

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Nests in bottomland forest with bald cypress and water oak. Feeds on intertidal flats, beaches, saltwater marshes

Reliably reported at: Galveston, San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Coastal marshes, sloughs, bayous, bay edges

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Clear Lake Park, Riverpark Nature Trails, Freeport Marsh

Identification

Ebird Map

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Wetlands, prairies, still waters

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Anahuac NWR, San Bernard NWR, Clear Lake Park, Katy Prairie

Identification

Ebird Map

Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Fresh and saltwater marshes, flooded fields, beaches, bayous, lakes

Reliably reported at: High Island, Galveston, Smith Oaks Rookery Count, George Bush Park, Brazoria NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Prairies, pastures, marshes

Reliably reported at: Galveston, El Franco Lee Park, Brazos River Park, Brazoria NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Reddish Egret (blue form)

Egretta rufescens

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Beaches, intertidal flats

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Quintana, Surfside

Identification

Ebird Map

White Ibis

Eudocimus albus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Flooded fields, marshes, bottomland forests

Reliably reported at: Galveston, Brazos Bend SP, Clear Creek Nature Park, Anahuac NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Present in: Resident but sparse

Habitat: Rice fields, freshwater impoundments with emergent vegetation, occasional saltmarshes

Reliably reported at: Anahuac NWR, Galveston Island SP

Identification

Ebird Map

White-faced Ibis

Plegadis chihi

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Rice fields, flooded fields

Reliably reported at: Anahuac NWR, Galveston, Katy Prairie, Amoco Settling Pond, Brazoria NWR, San Bernard NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Flooded fields, bays, fresh and saltmarshes

Reliably reported at: Smith Point, Rollover Pass, Surfside, Anahuac NWR, Galveston, Archbishop Fiorenza Park

Identification

Ebird Map

Wood stork

Mycteria americana

Present in: May-Nov

Habitat: Freshwater and brackish marshes

Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, Riverpark Nature Trails

Identification

Ebird Map

Clapper Rail

Rallus crepitans

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Salt marsh at Gulf and bay margins

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, San Luis Pass, Fort Travis Seashore Park, Bolivar Flats Bird Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

King Rail

Rallus elegans

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Freshwater or brackish marshes, rice fields

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Bolivar Flats Bird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

Present in: Sep-May

Habitat: Freshwater marsh, rice fields, wet prairie

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Bolivar Flats Bird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Boy Scouts Woods

Identification

Ebird Map

Sora

Porzana carolina

Present in: Mid Aug-June

Habitat: Freshwater marsh, margins of vegetation-covered ponds

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Baytown Nature Center, Katy Prairie Conserv., Anahuac NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinica

Present in: Apr-Nov

Habitat: Lakes, ponds, and reservoirs with floating and emergent vegetation

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazos Bend SP, Anahuac NWR, Smith Oak Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Freshwater marshes, ponds, lake edges

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Anahuac NWR, Galveston Island SP

Identification

Ebird Map

American Coot

Fulica americana

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Fresh, brackish, or (rarely) salt water

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Anahuac NWR, Galveston Island SP, Nassau Bay Peninsula Wildlife Reserve

Identification

Ebird Map

Sandhill Crane

Antigone canadensis

Present in: Mid Oct-mid Mar

Habitat: Prairie and agricultural lands, occasionally plowed or shallow flooded fields

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Katy Prairie

Identification

Ebird Map

Shorebirds

Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Coastal zones on sandy beaches, sand flats, mixed sand/mudflat and wet shoreline

Reliably reported at: Surfside Beach and Jetty, Bryan Beach, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, San Luis Pass

Identification

Ebird Map

Snowy Plover

Charadrius nivosus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Open sandy beach, tidal sand flats

Reliably reported at: Follett's Island Blue Water Hwy, Bryan Beach, San Luis Pass, Galveston Island SP, Texas City Dike

Identification

Ebird Map

Wilson's Plover

Charadrius wilsonia

Present in: Mar-Nov

Habitat: Sandy beach, sand flats

Reliably reported at: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, San Luis Pass, Texas City Dike, High Island

Identification

Ebird Map

Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Sand and mudflats, lagoon shorelines, intertidal wetlands, rice paddies

Reliably reported at: Quintana Beach and Jetty, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Texas City Dike, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

Piping Plover

Charadrius melodus

Present in: July-May

Habitat: Sandy beach, tidal sand flats

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, San Luis Pass, 8 Mile Beach, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Rollover Pass

Identification

Ebird Map

Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Grasslands, pastures, lake and pond shores, uppermost edges of saline sites

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, San Luis Pass, Galveston Island SP, Texas City Dike, Smith Point, Ash Lake

Identification

Ebird Map

American Oystercatcher

Haematopus palliatus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Bays, tidal sand and mudflats, sandy beaches, oyster reefs

Reliably reported at: Follett's Island Blue Water Hwy, San Luis Pass, Texas City Dike, Smith Point, Rollover Pass

Identification

Ebird Map

Black-necked Stilt

Himantopus mexicanus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Marshes, sloughs, rice fields

Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, East End Lagoon Nature Preserve, Anahuac NWR, Tanger Outlet Retention Ponds, San Jacinto Battleground

Identification

Ebird Map

American Avocet

Recurvirostra americana

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Major sand flats, tidal salt marshes, sloughs, pools

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Texas City Dike, Port Bolivar, High Island, Anahuac NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Freshwater impoundments, rice fields, lake and pond shores, flooded prairies and pastures

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Kelly Hamby Nature Trail, Galveston Island SP

Identification

Ebird Map

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Freshwater impoundments, rice fields, lake and pond shores, flooded prairies and pastures

Reliably reported at: San Luis Pass, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Texas City Dike, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

Solitary Sandpiper

Tringa solitaria

Present in: Mar-June; July-Dec

Habitat: Freshwater marshes, lake edges, flooded fields

Reliably reported at: Seabourne Creek Park, Brazos Bend SP, Texas City Dike

Identification

Ebird Map

Willet

Tringa semipalmata

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Sandy beach, mixed sand/mudflats, lagoon and bay shores, coastal rice fields during migration

Reliably reported at: Surfside Beach and Jetty, Brazoria NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Morgan's Point

Identification

Ebird Map

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius

Present in: July-mid June

Habitat: Rocky groins, bulkheads, jetties, pond and lake shorelines, bayous

Reliably reported at: Fort Velasco, Lafitte's Cove, Moody Gardens, Texas City Dike, Sylvan Beach Park, White Oak Park

Identification

Ebird Map

Upland Sandpiper

Bartramia longicauda

Present in: Mid Mar-mid May; Aug-mid Nov

Habitat: Grasslands, cultivated fields, overgrazed pastures, rice paddies

Reliably reported at: Quintana bridge spoils pond, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie, Attwater Prairie-Chicken NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Present in: Mid Mar-mid June; Aug-mid Nov

Habitat: Coastal rice fields, burned prairie, overgrazed pastures, beaches and intertidal sand flats in the fall

Reliably reported at: San Luis Pass, Fort Travis Seashore Park, Rollover Pass

Identification

Ebird Map

Long-billed Curlew

Numenius americanus

Present in: Late July-June

Habitat: Prairies, plowed cultivated fields, harvested hayfields, sandy beaches and sand flats potentially

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, San Luis Pass, Moody Gardens, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Rollover Pass, Anahuac NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Hudsonian Godwit

Limosa haemastica

Present in: Apr-July

Habitat: Rice fields, crawfish ponds, reservoir margins, coastal and inland pools and ponds

Reliably reported at: Anahuac NWR, Fort Travis Seashore Park, Brazoria NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Marbled Godwit

Limosa fedoa

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Tidal flats, sandy beaches, grassy fields, flooded rice paddies

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Dos Vacas Muertas, Horseshoe Marsh, Rollover Pass

Identification

Ebird Map

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Sandy beaches, tidal sand and mudflats, rocky breakwaters and jetties, rice paddies and wet plowed fields during migration

Reliably reported at: Fort Velasco, Surfside Beach and Jetty, Christmas Bay Paddling Trail, San Luis Pass, Galveston Island SP, Fort Travis Seashore Park

Identification

Ebird Map

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Present in: Apr-June; Aug-Dec

Habitat: Intertidal flats, sandy beaches, rarely in coastal rice fields during migration

Reliably reported at: Rollover Pass, Brazoria NWR, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

Sanderling

Calidris alba

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Sand beach, mixed sand and mudflats

Reliably reported at: Surfside Beach and Jetty, San Luis Pass, Galveston SP, High Island Beach

Identification

Ebird Map

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusilla

Present in: Mar-Nov

Habitat: Freshwater ponds, rice fields, margins of reservoirs and lakes, occasionally beach and sand flats

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, San Luis Pass, Anahuac NWR, San Jacinto Battleground

Identification

Ebird Map

Western Sandpiper

Calidris mauri

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Tidal flats, sandy beaches during high tides, freshwater and brackish pools, rice fields, lake edges

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Texas City Dike, Chambers County Beach, Anahuac NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Inland pond and lake shorelines, rice fields and reservoirs, algae-covered rock jetties

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, West Mary's Creek, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

Identification

Ebird Map

White-rumped Sandpiper

Calidris fuscicollis

Present in: Mid Apr-July

Habitat: Inland rice fields, margins of freshwater impoundments

Reliably reported at: Lafitte's Cove, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Moody Gardens

Identification

Ebird Map

Baird's Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii

Present in: Mar-June; Aug-Oct

Habitat: Rice fields, grassy areas, occasionally beaches and tidal flats

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Surfside Beach and Jetty, Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie

Identification

Ebird Map

Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Present in: Mar-Dec

Habitat: Freshly flooded rice fields, grazed or flooded pasture, shores of freshwater lakes and ponds

Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, San Luis Pass, Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Dunlin

Calidris alpina

Present in: Mid Sep-mid June

Habitat: Intertidal flats, bay shorelines, less commonly in rice fields

Reliably reported at: Quintana Beach and Jetty, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, High Island, Pine Gully Park

Identification

Ebird Map

Stilt Sandpiper

Calidris himantopus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Flooded paddy fields, shallow impoundments, natural rainwater-filled depressions

Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, Bryan Beach, San Luis Pass, Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR

Identification

Ebird Map

Short-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Coastal mudflats, tidal sloughs and bayous

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, San Luis Pass, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, High Island

Identification

Ebird Map

Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus

Present in: July-June

Habitat: Rice and flooded tilled fields, margins or impoundments, reservoirs, ponds

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie, Texas City WTP, Bolivar Flats Bird Sanctuary

Identification

Ebird Map

Wilson's Snipe

Gallinago delicata

Present in: Sep-May

Habitat: Rice fields and irrigated agricultural land, harvested paddy fields, freshwater marsh, muddy fields

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Anahuac NWR, Galveston Island SP, Harvest Green Village Farm, Katy Prairie

Identification

Ebird Map

Wilson's Phalarope (breeding female)

Phalaropus tricolor

Present in: Mar-mid Nov

Habitat: Flooded rice fields, freshwater impoundments

Reliably reported at: Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR

Identification

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Red-necked Phalarope (breeding female)

Phalaropus lobatus

Present in: Mid Aug-Oct

Habitat: Coastal Ponds and reservoirs, tidal flats

Reliably reported at: Quintana

Identification

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Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Oceans, bays, beaches, mudflats, coastal rice fields, coastal freshwater impoundments

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Surfside Beach and Jetty, Brazoria NWR, Dos Vacas Muertas, Nassau Bay Peninsula Wildlife Reserve, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Identification

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Franklin's Gull

Leucophaeus pipixcan

Present in: Mid Mar-June; Oct-mid Dec

Habitat: Shallow prairie lakes, coastal tidal flats, rice fields, impoundments

Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, San Luis Pass, El Jardin Park/Beach, Katy Prairie

Identification

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Bonaparte's Gull

Chroicocephalus philadelphia

Present in: Mid Nov-May

Habitat: Gulf and bay waters, roosts on beach and tidal flats

Reliably reported at: Quintana Beach and Jetty, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, 8 Mile Beach, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Identification

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Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Open Gulf and bay waters, tidal flats, sandy beach, inland lakes and reservoirs

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, 8 Mile Beach, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Nassau Bay (Clear Creek)

Identification

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Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Open Gulf and bay waters, tidal flats, beaches

Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Bryan Beach, 8 Mile Beach, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Rollover Pass

Identification

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Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

Present in: Near resident (missing first half of June)

Habitat: Tidal flats, beaches

Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, Surfside Beach and Jetty, Bryan Beach, 8 Mile Beach, Texas City Dike

Identification

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Gull-billed Tern

Gelochelidon nilotica

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Salt- and freshwater marshes, shallow fresh to extremely salty impoundments, flooded and freshly tilled fields

Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, San Bernard NWR, San Luis Pass, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, High Island

Identification

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Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Beaches, sandbars and spoil islands, intertidal flats, occasionally inland lakes

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, Surfside Beach and Jetty, Galveston Island SP, High Island Beach, San Jacinto Battleground

Identification

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Royal Tern

Thalasseus maximus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Beaches, flats, sand bars and spoil islands

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, Surfside Beach and Jetty, San Luis Pass, Sweetwater Nature Preserve, San Jacinto Battleground, High Island Beach

Identification

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Sandwich Tern

Thalasseus sandvicensis

Present in: Mar-Jan

Habitat: Beaches, tidal flats, sand bars and spoil islands

Reliably reported at: Fort Velasco/Surfside Bird and Butterfly Trail, Christmas Bay Paddling Trail, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, High Island Beach

Identification

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Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Present in: Mar-Jan

Habitat: Beaches, tidal flats, sand bars and spoil islands

Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Quintana Beach and Jetty, Texas City Dike, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Identification

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Forster's Tern

Sterna forsteri

Present in: Mar-Jan

Habitat: Beaches, tidal flats, sand bars and spoil islands, open Gulf and bay waters, regularly venturing inland along major rivers and bayous

Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Armand Bayou Nature Ctr., Texas City Dike, Rollover Pass

Identification

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Least Tern

Sternula antillarum

Present in: Mar-Oct

Habitat: Beaches, bay edges, intertidal flats, islands, nearshore waters

Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, San Luis Pass, East End Lagoon Nature Preserve, Pine Gully Park, High Island Beach

Identification

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Black Tern

Chlidonias niger

Present in: Apr-mid Nov

Habitat: Beaches, bay edges, intertidal flats, islands, open Gulf waters

Reliably reported at: Quintana Beach and Jetty, Galveston Island SP, Morgan's Point, Anahuac NWR, Sea Rim SP

Identification

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Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Bay waters and tidal flats, Gulf beach margins, nearshore waters, river mouths, sloughs and saline impoundments

Reliably reported at: Quintana Beach and Jetty, San Luis Pass, Galveston Island SP, Apffel Park/East Beach, Rollover Pass

Identification

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Quail, Doves, Pigeons, Parakeets and Cuckoos

Northern bobwhite

Colinus virginianus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Fields with low brush, prairie, fallow cultivation

Reliably reported at: Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie, Attwater Prairie-Chicken NWR, Mad Island Marsh Preserve/WMA, Fort Bend

Identification

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Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Rural and urban areas

Reliably reported at: Houston, Galveston, Quintana

Identification

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Eurasian Collarded-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Urban woodlots, landscaped yards

Reliably reported at: Houston, Galveston, Quintana

Identification

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White-winged Dove

Zenaida asiatica

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Urban and residential areas, usually with mature shade trees

Reliably reported at: Houston, Galveston

Identification

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Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Rural and urban areas, overgrown fields and light woodland

Reliably reported at: Houston, Galveston

Identification

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Inca Dove

Columbina inca

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Rural and urban residential areas, farms, parks, scrubby woodland edge

Reliably reported at: Houston, Matagorda County Birding Nature Ctr., Eagle Lake Municipal Park

Identification

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Monk Parakeet

Myiopsitta monachus

Present in: Resident

Habitat: Urban and rural areas, frequently along railroad and power line rights-of-way

Reliably reported at: Moody Gardens, El Franco Lee Park, Wetlands Park, Bayshore Park

Identification

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus

Present in: Apr-Dec

Habitat: Broadleaf woodland, second growth and hedgerows, riparian corridors, well-wooded neighborhoods

Reliably reported at: Houston Audubon Field Station, Smith Oaks Rookery Count, Katy Prairie, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

Identification

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Birds of Prey

Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus

    Present in: Resident

    Habitat: Open country, near the coast and inland, riparian woodland

    Reliably reported at: Freeport Wetlands Preserve, San Bernard NWR, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazoria NWR, Carbide Park, Brazos River Park, Anahuac NWR

    Identification

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    Turkey Vulture

    Cathartes aura

      Present in: Resident

      Habitat: Coastal and inland, open country including beaches, prairie and agricultural lands

      Reliably reported at: Freeport Wetlands Preserve, San Bernard NWR, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazoria NWR, Carbide Park, Brazos River Park, Anahuac NWR

      Identification

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      Osprey

      Pandion haliaetus

        Present in: Resident

        Habitat: Open coast, bays, various freshwater bodies

        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Nassau Bay Peninsula Wildlife Reserve, Brazos Bend SP, Anahuac NWR, Horseshoe Marsh

        Identification

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        White-tailed Kite

        Elanus leucurus

          Present in: Resident

          Habitat: Open savanna and grassland with tall scrub or scattered trees, both coastal and inland

          Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, San Luis Pass, Galveston Island SP, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary

          Identification

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          Mississippi Kite

          Ictinia mississippiensis

            Present in: Apr-Oct

            Habitat: Riparian corridors and mixed pinewood forests during migration, bottomlands in the summer

            Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend SP, Independence Park, Memorial Park (Eastern Glades), Katy Prairie

            Identification

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            Bald Eagle

            Haliaeetus leucocephalus

              Present in: Sep-mid May

              Habitat: Breeds in mature bottomland hardwood forests, winters on lakes, reservoirs, fields

              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Armand Bayou Nature Ctr., Anahuac NWR

              Identification

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              Northern Harrier

              Circus hudsonius

                Present in: Resident

                Habitat: Marshes, prairies and pastures, fallow fields with low shrubby growth, flooded rice stubble, shores of inland reservoirs and impoundments

                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR

                Identification

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                Sharp-shinned Hawk

                Accipiter striatus

                  Present in: Sep-May

                  Habitat: Open areas with tall brush or scattered trees, woodland edge

                  Reliably reported at: Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), John Paul Landing Park, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, White Oak Park

                  Identification

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                  Cooper's Hawk

                  Accipiter cooperii

                    Present in: Resident

                    Habitat: Hedgerows, fallow fields and second growth, residential areas

                    Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Brazoria NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Anahuac NWR, Houston Heights Reservoir, Katy Prairie

                    Identification

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                    Red-shouldered Hawk

                    Buteo lineatus

                      Present in: Resident

                      Habitat: Riparian woodlands, pine and mixed pine-oak forests, agricultural land with fallow fields and scattered

                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Challenger 7 Memorial Park, George Bush Park, Carbide Park, Anahuac NWR

                      Identification

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                      Swainson's Hawk

                      Buteo swainsoni

                        Present in: Mar-Nov

                        Habitat: Prairie and agricultural land

                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Buffalo Bayou Park, Katy Prairie, Riverpark Nature Trails

                        Identification

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                        White-tailed Hawk

                        Geranoaetus albicaudatus

                          Present in: Resident

                          Habitat: Open country with scattered clumps of trees or thickets of McCartney rose or huisache

                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie Conserv.

                          Identification

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                          Red-tailed Hawk

                          Buteo jamaicensis

                            Present in: Resident

                            Habitat: Agricultural land, lightly urbanized areas

                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Moody Gardens, Clear Creek Nature Park, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie

                            Identification

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                            Crested Caracara

                            Caracara plancus

                              Present in: Resident

                              Habitat: Open country with tall brush or scattered trees

                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Moody Gardens, Armand Bayou Nature Ctr, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie, Brazos Bend SP

                              Identification

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                              Merlin

                              Falco columbarius

                                Present in: Sep-May

                                Habitat: Coastally at mudflats and wetlands, elsewhere at flooded fields, fallow fields, pastures

                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie

                                Identification

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                                American Kestrel

                                Falco sparverius

                                  Present in: Sep-May

                                  Habitat: Farmland, prairie, railroad and power line rights of way

                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie, Brazos Bend SP, Moody Gardens

                                  Identification

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                                  Peregrine Falcon

                                  Falco peregrinus

                                    Present in: Sep-June

                                    Habitat: Beaches, mudflats, reservoirs, rice paddies, coastal and inland prairies

                                    Reliably reported at: Moody Gardens, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, San Jacinto Battleground, White Oak Park

                                    Identification

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                                    Great Horned Owl

                                    Bubo virginianus

                                      Present in: Resident

                                      Habitat: Bottomland hardwoods, mixed pine-hardwoods, mature plantings of pine and live oak

                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Brazos Bend SP, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Katy Prairie, Rice U. Campus

                                      Identification

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                                      Barred Owl

                                      Strix varia

                                        Present in: Resident

                                        Habitat: Bottomland cypress forest, mixed pine forest, live oak woodland, forages in open habitats like agricultural land and fallow fields

                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Randolph Park, Brazos Bend SP, Armand Bayou Nature Ctr., Bear Creek Park

                                        Identification

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                                        Short-eared Owl

                                        Asio flammeus

                                          Present in: Mid Oct-Apr

                                          Habitat: Coast and inland marshes, prairies, and agricultural lands

                                          Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie Conserv.

                                          Identification

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                                          Nighthawks and Swifts

                                          Common Nighthawk

                                          Chordeiles minor

                                            Present in: Mid Apr-mid Oct

                                            Habitat: Beach, coastal and inland prairie

                                            Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Artist Boat Coastal Heritage Preserve, High Island, Hermann Park, Memorial Park

                                            Identification

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                                            Chuck-Will's-Widow

                                            Antrostomus carolinensis

                                              Present in: Mid Mar-mid May; mid Aug-mid Oct

                                              Habitat: Coastal woodlands, well-vegetated residential areas, mixed pine-oak forest

                                              Reliably reported at: Lafitte's Cove, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Rice U. Campus

                                              Identification

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                                              Chimney Swift

                                              Chaetura pelagica

                                                Present in: Mid Mar-Nov

                                                Habitat: Urban and suburban areas, nesting in uncapped chimneys, wooded areas with hollow trees

                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Moody Gardens, Boy Scout Woods, Russ Pitman Park/Nature Discovery Center, El Franco Lee Park

                                                Identification

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                                                Hummingbirds

                                                Buff-bellied Hummingbird

                                                Amazilia yucatanensis

                                                  Present in: Oct-June

                                                  Habitat: Well-planted gardens, woodlots

                                                  Reliably reported at: High Island, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary

                                                  Identification

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                                                  Ruby-throated Hummingbird

                                                  Archilochus colubris

                                                    Present in: Resident

                                                    Habitat: Woodland, hedgerows, residential areas with ornamental plantings and sugar water feeders

                                                    Reliably reported at: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Moody Gardens, Lafitte's Cove, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR

                                                    Identification

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                                                    Black-chinned Hummingbird

                                                    Archilochus alexandri

                                                      Present in: Sep-mid May

                                                      Habitat: Upland and riparian woodlands, scrub, dry canyons, residential areas

                                                      Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Lafitte's Cove

                                                      Identification

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                                                      Rufous Hummingbird

                                                      Selasphorus rufus

                                                        Present in: Mid Aug-mid Apr

                                                        Habitat: Suitably planted gardens, especially those with sugar water feeders

                                                        Reliably reported at: Lafitte's Cove, Boy Scout Woods, Riverpark Nature Trails

                                                        Identification

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                                                        Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Corvids, and Shrikes

                                                        Belted Kingfisher (Female)

                                                        Megaceryle alcyon

                                                          Present in: Resident

                                                          Habitat: Any body of water that supports small fish including bay edge, fresh and saline channels and impoundments, marshes

                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, San Luis Pass, Galveston Island SP, Fort Travis Seashore Park, Baytown Nature Center

                                                          Identification

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                                                          Red-bellied Woodpecker

                                                          Melanerpes carolinus

                                                            Present in: Resident

                                                            Habitat: Deciduous and mixed woodlands, residential areas with mature trees

                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazoria NWR, Brazos River County Park, Clear Creek Nature Park, Katy Prairie Conserv., Smith Oaks Sanctuary

                                                            Identification

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                                                            Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 

                                                            Sphyrapicus varius

                                                              Present in: Oct-May

                                                              Habitat: Various wooded situations and residential plantings

                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Clear Creek Nature Park, Memorial Park, White Oak Park

                                                              Identification

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                                                              Downy Woodpecker 

                                                              Dryobates pubescens

                                                                Present in: Resident

                                                                Habitat: Light woodland, second growth, hedgerows, residential neighborhoods

                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Lafitte's Cove, Carbide Park, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Rice U. Campus, Bay Area Park

                                                                Identification

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                                                                Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

                                                                Colaptes auratus

                                                                    Present in: Oct-mid Apr; Mid July-Aug

                                                                    Habitat: Small woodlots to extensive forest, wooded neighborhoods, open habitat with widely scattered trees

                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazos River County Park, Boy Scout Woods, White Oak Park, Katy Prairie Conserv.

                                                                    Identification

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                                                                    Pileated Woodpecker

                                                                    Dryocopus pileatus

                                                                        Present in: Resident

                                                                        Habitat: Various forest types including bottomland hardwoods, pine or mixed pine, live oak, and post oaks

                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazos River County Park, Riverpark Nature Trails, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Bear Creek Park

                                                                        Identification

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                                                                        Blue Jay

                                                                        Cyanocitta cristata

                                                                            Present in: Resident

                                                                            Habitat: Nearly all wooded UTC localities, including residential areas with mature vegetation, largely absent from the coastal prairies and wetlands

                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Jack Brooks Park, Anahuac NWR, Memorial Park, Brazos Bend SP, Katy Prairie Conserv., Hermann Park

                                                                            Identification

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                                                                            American Crow

                                                                            Corvus brachyrhynchos

                                                                                Present in: Resident

                                                                                Habitat: Forest, second growth, residential areas, farmland with scattered trees; very scarce along the coast

                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Carbide Park, Anahuac NWR, Memorial Park, Brazos Bend SP, Katy Prairie Conserv., Hermann Park

                                                                                Identification

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                                                                                Loggerhead Shrike

                                                                                Lanius ludovicianus

                                                                                    Present in: Resident

                                                                                    Habitat: Open areas with scattered trees, live oak and holly thickets, hedgerows, brushy land

                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Beach and Jetty, San Luis Pass, Artist Boat Coastal Heritage Preserve Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, El Franco Lee Park

                                                                                    Identification

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                                                                                    Songbirds/Passerines

                                                                                    Olive-sided Flycatcher

                                                                                    Contopus cooperi

                                                                                        Present in: Mid Apr-June; Aug-mid Oct

                                                                                        Habitat: Woodland edge, feeds from exposed perches over open fields and grasslands adjacent to woodlands

                                                                                        Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary

                                                                                        Identification

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                                                                                        Eastern Wood-Pewee

                                                                                        Contopus virens

                                                                                            Present in: Apr-mid June; Aug-Dec

                                                                                            Habitat: Woodlands coastal mottes, residential areas with mature trees

                                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Woodland Park

                                                                                            Identification

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                                                                                            Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

                                                                                            Empidonax flaviventris

                                                                                                Present in: May; Aug-Nov

                                                                                                Habitat: Interior parks and woodlands, coastal mottes, less frequently in scrub

                                                                                                Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP

                                                                                                Identification

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                                                                                                Acadian Flycatcher

                                                                                                Empidonax virescens

                                                                                                    Present in: Apr-Nov

                                                                                                    Habitat: Moist bottomland or riparian forest

                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, Woodland Park, Rice U. Campus

                                                                                                    Identification

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                                                                                                    Least Flycatcher

                                                                                                    Empidonax minimus

                                                                                                        Present in: Aug-June

                                                                                                        Habitat: Coastal mottes and scrub, feeds near the ground along the edge of coastal woodlands

                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Boy Scout Woods, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

                                                                                                        Identification

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                                                                                                        Eastern Phoebe

                                                                                                        Sayornis phoebe

                                                                                                            Present in: Mid Sep-Apr

                                                                                                            Habitat: Brushy fields, open marshes, riparian vegetation

                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria NWR, Moody Gardens, Carbide Park, Anahuac NWR, Houston Heights Reservoir, Katy Prairie

                                                                                                            Identification

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                                                                                                            Vermilion Flycatcher

                                                                                                            Pyrocephalus rubinus

                                                                                                                Present in: Sep-mid Mar

                                                                                                                Habitat: Rattlebox and similar open, low vegetation, often in and around temporary pools and lakes

                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria NWR, Moody Gardens, Brazos Bend SP, Anahuac NWR

                                                                                                                Identification

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                                                                                                                Ash-throated Flycatcher

                                                                                                                Myiarchus cinerascens

                                                                                                                    Present in: Mid Oct-Apr

                                                                                                                    Habitat: Thickets of huisache and rattlebox, occasionally in riparian areas

                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Corps Woods, Katy Prairie

                                                                                                                    Identification

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                                                                                                                    Great Crested Flycatcher

                                                                                                                    Myiarchus crinitus

                                                                                                                        Present in: Mar-Nov

                                                                                                                        Habitat: Bottomland hardwood forest, mixed pine-hardwood forest, residential areas with tall mature trees

                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Corps Woods, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Houston Heights Reservoir, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

                                                                                                                        Identification

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                                                                                                                        Eastern Kingbird

                                                                                                                        Tyrannus tyrannus

                                                                                                                            Present in: Mid Mar-Nov

                                                                                                                            Habitat: Brushy fields, fencerows, woodland edge, coastal mottes and weedy fields during migration

                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP

                                                                                                                            Identification

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                                                                                                                            Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

                                                                                                                            Tyrannus forficatus

                                                                                                                                Present in: Mid Mar-Dec

                                                                                                                                Habitat: Open country, including prairie or marsh with scattered trees

                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Oppenheimer Bird Observatory, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP

                                                                                                                                Identification

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                                                                                                                                White-eyed Vireo

                                                                                                                                Vireo griseus

                                                                                                                                    Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Scrub and understory, riparian thickets

                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Justin Hurst WMA, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Brazoria NWR, Brazos River County Park, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary

                                                                                                                                    Identification

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                                                                                                                                    Yellow-throated Vireo

                                                                                                                                    Vireo flavifrons

                                                                                                                                        Present in: Mar-June; Sep-mid Oct

                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Coastal oak and hackberry mottes during migration, mixed pine-hardwood forest and riparian woodlands during the breeding season

                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Corps Woods, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Brazos Bend SP

                                                                                                                                        Identification

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                                                                                                                                        Blue-headed Vireo

                                                                                                                                        Vireo solitarius

                                                                                                                                            Present in: Mid Sep-mid May

                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Bottomland hardwood forests, pine-oak woodlands, isolated coastal mottes, urban woodlots

                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, Clear Creek Nature Park, White Oak Park, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

                                                                                                                                            Identification

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                                                                                                                                            Warbling Vireo

                                                                                                                                            Vireo gilvus

                                                                                                                                                Present in: Apr-June; Sep-early Oct

                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Canopy of coastal oak mottes, willow groves

                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Lafitte's Cove, Corps Woods, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

                                                                                                                                                Identification

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                                                                                                                                                Philadelphia Vireo

                                                                                                                                                Vireo philadelphicus

                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Mid Apr-June; Mid Sep-early Nov

                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Canopy of coastal oak mottes, willow groves, residential plantings, salt cedar and willow groves

                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Corps Woods

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                                                                                                                                                    Red-eyed Vireo

                                                                                                                                                    Vireo olivaceus

                                                                                                                                                        Present in: End Mar-mid June; Aug-early Nov

                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Canopy of mature bottomland hardwood forest, mature pine-oak woodlands of the eastern counties

                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, High Island, Anahuac NWR, White Oak Park, Rice U. Campus, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                        Purple Martin

                                                                                                                                                        Progne subis

                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Feb-mid Oct

                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Ponds, marshes and impoundments, residential neighborhoods, parks, edges of agricultural land and other open habitats

                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Sea Center Texas, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Bay Area Park, White Oak Park, Riverpark Nature Trails

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                                                                                                                                                            Tree Swallow

                                                                                                                                                            Tachycineta bicolor

                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: More abundant Aug-mid June

                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Open habitats, especially where fresh water supports airborne insects

                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Apffel Park/ East Beach, Anahuac NWR, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Baytown Nature Center, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Brazos Bend SP

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                                                                                                                                                                  Northern Rough-winged Swallow

                                                                                                                                                                  Stelgidopteryx serripennis

                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Mid July-early June

                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Prairie, agricultural land, rivers, and reservoirs

                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Galveston Island SP, Boy Scout Woods, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                        Cliff Swallow

                                                                                                                                                                        Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Mar-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Locally use artificial structures like bridges and buildings that serve as cliffs

                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Brazoria NWR, Amoco (Marathon) Settling Pond, Boy Scout Woods, Buffalo Bayou Park, John Paul Landing Park

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                                                                                                                                                                              Cave Swallow

                                                                                                                                                                              Petrochelidon fulva

                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Culverts, under bridges, and other artificial structures that mimic geological features

                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Fort Travis Seashore Park, High Island, John Hargrove Environmental Complex/ Delores Fenwick Nature Center, White Oak Park, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Barn Swallow

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hirundo rustica

                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Feb-Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Absent only from extensively wooded areas locally

                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Moody Gardens, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP, John Hargrove Environmental Complex/ Delores Fenwick Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Carolina Chickadee

                                                                                                                                                                                          Poecile carolinensis

                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Woodlands, mature residential plantings, and riparian corridors, scarce or absent from inland prairies and coastal wetlands

                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Riverpark Nature Trails, Memorial Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Tufted Titmouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                Baeolophus bicolor

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Woodlands, mature residential plantings, and second growth

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Brazos Bend SP, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Carbide Park, Riverpark Nature Trails

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carolina Wren

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thryothorus ludovicianus

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Thickets and low wooded localities with dense underbrush

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Boy Scout Woods, Brazos Bend SP, Brazos River Park, West 11th Street Park, Hermann Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            House Wren

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Troglodytes aedon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Mid Sep-mid Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Dense thickets and hedgerows, woodland edges, and occasionally in residential plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Rice U. Campus, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sedge Wren

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cistothorus stellaris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Oct-early Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Coastal and inland weedy fields and prairies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Anahuac NWR, Morgan's Point, Brazoria NWR, Seawater Nature Preserve, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marsh Wren

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cistothorus palustris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Mid Sep-June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Stands of introduced common reed, marshes thick with native reeds and cattails

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Anahuac NWR, Clear Creek Nature Park, Brazoria NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Golden-crowned Kinglet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Regulus satrapa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Mid Oct-mid Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Pine and mixed forest, residential plantings, light woodland and second growth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Hermann Park, Bear Creek Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ruby-crowned Kinglet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Corthylio calendula

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Mid Sep-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Various wooded situations including bottomland forest, coastal mottes, mixed conifer-hardwood forest, second growth, and residential areas with mature trees

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Anahuac NWR, Galveston Island SP, Houston Heights Reservoir, Pine Brook Wetland, Brazoria NWR, John Paul Landing Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Polioptila caerulea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: End July-mid Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Found in all wooded areas as a nonbreeder. Migration flocks often found in oak mottes along the immediate coast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Anahuac NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove,  Brazoria NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Clear Creek Nature Park, White Oak Park, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eastern Bluebird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sialia sialis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Forest edges near the contiguous woodlands, pastures or oak parkland with large trees. Winter birds found more around woodland edge, open, and scrub habitats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Mahan Park, Walter Hall Park, Independence Park, Memorial Park, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Swainson's Thrush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Catharus ustulatus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Apr-June; Mid Sep-early Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Understory and forest floor of coastal and inland woodlands, also mature vegetation in residential areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Lafitte's Cove, Moody Gardens, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hermit Thrush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Catharus guttatus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Oct-mid Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Woodland understory, larger coastal mottes, extensive hedgerows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Clear Creek Nature Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Brazos Bend SP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wood Thrush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hylocichla mustelina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: End Mar-June; Oct-Jan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Swampy thickets and bottom woods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Moody Gardens, Corps Woods, Anahuac NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Rice U. Campus, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        American Robin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Turdus migratorius

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Woodland edge and understory, second growth, abandoned fields, and the ornamental or shade trees of neighborhood yards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Moody Gardens, Brazos Bend SP, Anahuac NWR, High Island, Rice U. Campus, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gray Catbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dumetella carolinensis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Sep-June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Dense understory of forest edge, hedgerows, coastal mottes, densely planted gardens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazoria NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Dos Vacas Muertas, Moody Gardens, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie, George Bush Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Northern Mockingbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mimus polyglottos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Woodland, hedgerow, open areas with scattered trees, well-planted neighborhoods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazoria NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Dos Vacas Muertas, Moody Gardens, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie, George Bush Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brown Thrasher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Toxostoma rufum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Mid Sep-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Woods, generally with thick understory; also frequents densely planted gardens and parks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Lafitte's Cove, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, Seabrook Wildlife Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                European Starling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sturnus vulgaris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Locally found in all urban, suburban, and rural areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Moody Gardens, Galveston Island SP, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, Seabrook Wildlife Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      American Pipit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anthus rubescens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Oct-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Wet or dry plowed fields, margins of temporary wetlands, overgrazed pasture, prairie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Moody Gardens, Apffel Park/ East Beach, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, Waterview Retention Pond and Wetlands

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cedar Waxwing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bombycilla cedrorum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Nov-June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Open woodland, second growth, residential areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Moody Gardens, Boy Scout Woods, Houston Heights Reservoir, Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Blue-winged Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vermivora cyanoptera

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: End Mar-mid May; mid Aug-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Coastally in oak or hackberry mottes, well-planted residential yards and parks, salt cedar or tall willow clumps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Corps Woods, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Woodland Park, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tennessee Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Leiothlypis peregrina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Mid Mar-mid May; Sep-mid Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Coastally in oak or hackberry mottes, inland forests and residential areas, salt cedar, willow clumps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Rice U. Campus, Woodland Park, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Orange-crowned Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leiothlypis celata

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Mid Sep-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Coastal mottes, woodlands and hedgerows, residential and urban plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Moody Gardens, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Clear Creek Nature Park, Rice U. Campus, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nashville Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leiothlypis ruficapilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Mid Sep-Dec; sparse occurrence Dec-mid Mar; higher occurrence again end Mar-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Coastal mottes, inland in light woodland, parks, and residential

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Corps Woods, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR,  Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Northern Parula

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Setophaga americana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Mar-end Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Bottomland hardwood and bayou edge riparian forest, second growth or modified wooded tracts with a moist understory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazos Bend SP,  Galveston Island SP, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR,  Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Rice U. Campus, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yellow Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Setophaga petechia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Apr-June; Aug-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Salt cedar, willow, huisache, and other shrubby growth, fallow fields with baccharis and rattlebox

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR, Smith Oak Sanctuary, Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chestnut-sided Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Setophaga pensylvanica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Apr-June; mid Sep-end Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Coastally in oak and hackberry mottes and salt cedars, inland parks, woodlots, and residential plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR, Smith Oak Sanctuary, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Rice U. Campus, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Magnolia Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Setophaga magnolia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Apr-June; mid Sep-Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Coastally in oak and hackberry mottes, willows and salt cedars, inland parks, woodlands, and residential plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Rice U. Campus, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Setophaga coronata

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Mid Oct-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Throughout the region where trees or tall shrubs exist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Rice U. Campus, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Black-throated Green Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Setophaga virens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Mid Mar-June; Sep-mid Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Oak and hackberry mottes, pecans, salt cedars and willows. Forest edge or gaps inside the forest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Rice U. Campus, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blackburnian Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Setophaga fusca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Apr-June; mid Sep-mid Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Coniferous, mixed coniferous, and deciduous forest. Locally in oak, hackberry, and other tall trees in coastal woodlots or neighborhoods with mature plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Corps Woods, Anahuac NWR, Boy Scout Woods, Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yellow-throated Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Setophaga dominica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Mid Aug-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Uppermost canopy of coastal mottes, bottomland forest, cypress-lined bayous, and natural or introduced stands of live oaks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Exploration Green Nature Park, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pine Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Setophaga pinus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Highest density Oct-early Mar; Varied density throughout rest of year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Pine trees in coniferous or mixed forest with either dense or open parklike understory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Clear Creek Nature Park, Exploration Green Nature Park, Rice U. Campus, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Palm Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Setophaga palmarum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Mid Sep-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Coastally in salt cedars and brushy margins of salt marsh; Stands of salt cedars, huisache, and rattlebox when inland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Oppenheimer Bird Observatory, Anahuac NWR, Exploration Green Nature Park, Brazos Bend SP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bay-breasted Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Setophaga castanea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Mid Apr-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Coastal mottes, mature residential plantings, parks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR, Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Blackpoll Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Setophaga striata

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Mid Apr-June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Coastal mottes and salt cedars, parks or neighborhoods with tall trees

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Black-and-white Warbler 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mniotilta varia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Aug-June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Trunk and larger branches of trees within coastal mottes, parks, and mature neighborhoods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Brazos Bend SP, Hermann Park, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        American Redstart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Setophaga ruticilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Apr-June; Aug-Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Coastal mottes, open woodland, salt cedars, parks, and residential plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Prothonotary Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Protonotaria citrea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Mar-Oct (lower density during summer months)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Understory, wooded bayous, forested lake edge, ponds inside forest. During migration interior of dense coastal mottes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Northern Waterthrush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Parkesia noveboracensis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Mid Aug-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Pools, along wooded drainage ditches, or similar poor drained areas; also found in salt cedars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), El Franco Lee Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Worm-eating Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Helmitheros vermivorum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Mid Mar-mid May; lower density sightings Sep-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Understory of coastal mottes, occasionally willow or salt cedar thickets; inland in light woodland, parks, or mature neighborhood plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Lafitte's Cove, Hooks Woods Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ovenbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seiurus aurocapilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Apr-mid May; Sep-end Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: On or near the ground in coastal mottes, extensive stands of salt cedars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Louisiana Waterthrush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Parkesia motacilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Early Mar-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Nests just outside the region along clear, shallow streams in bottomland forest. Standing or flowing water during migration, wooded drainage ditches, poorly drained ground in coastal mottes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kentucky Waterthrush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Geothlypis formosa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Early Mar-mid May; mid Aug-Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Densely vegetated portions of coastal mottes, parks, and well-planted residential yards; breeds inland in understory thickets of mixed woodland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Eubanks Woods, Anahuac NWR

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Common Yellowthroat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Geothlypis trichas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Often in wet fields or emergent vegetation such as reed, cane, and willow growing around ponds and along waterways. Coastally, common to abundant in both fresh and brackish marshes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Brazoria NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hooded Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Setophaga citrina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Mar-June; Aug-Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Coastally, at the interior of mottes and other isolated woodlands; migrants occur inland in various types of forests; nesting birds favor remnant moist to wet forest with dense understory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wilson's Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cardellina pusilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Mid Aug- June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Coastal mottes and woodlands, willow or salt cedar thickets, open mixed woodlands

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Hermann Park, White Oak Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Canada Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cardellina canadensis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: End Apr-June; mid Aug-Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Coastally in mottes and salt cedar clumps; inland in parks and residential areas with tall shade and ornamental plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yellow-breasted Chat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Icteria virens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Apr-early June; mid Aug-mid Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Brier-patches in fields, thickets on the edge of woods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Summer Tanager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Piranga rubra

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Sep-June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Canopy of coastal and interior woodlands, parks, and older neighborhoods; nests in mixed pine and hardwood forest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Brazos Bend SP, Dos Vacas Muertas, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR,  Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Woodland Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Scarlet Tanager

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Piranga olivacea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Apr-June; mid Sep-early Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Mature residential plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park,  Galveston Island SP, Campeche Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR,  Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Woodland Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Northern Cardinal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cardinalis cardinalis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Mixed and coniferous woodland, second growth, neighborhood plantings, coastal mottes, hedgerows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Park)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rose-breasted Grosbeak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pheucticus ludovicianus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: End Mar-June; End Sep-mid Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Coastal mottes, open woodland, residential areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Dos Vacas Muertas, Galveston Island SP, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Park), Armand Bayou Nature Center, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blue Grosbeak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Passerina caerulea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Apr-June; Aug-Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Edges of woodlands, thickets, salt cedars, and weedy fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Lafitte's Cove, Corps Woods, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Indigo Bunting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Passerina cyanea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Near resident, highest density seen end Mar-mid June and Aug-Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Brushy fields, salt cedars, willows, and eastern baccharis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Brazoria NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Corps Woods, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Painted Bunting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Passerina ciris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Near resident, highest density seen end Apr-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Open woodland with a brushy understory, overgrown fields with emergent shrubs or saplings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Brazoria NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR, Baytown Nature Center, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dickcissel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spiza americana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Mid Apr-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Hedgerows, prairie grasses, weedy fields; migrants may congregate in salt cedars and other coastal shrubs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chipping Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Spizella passerina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: End Sep-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Coniferous forests and their borders, pine and pine-oak, open woods, and parks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Exploration Green, Houston Heights Reservoir, Bear Creek Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Field Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spizella pusilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Mid Oct-early Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Thickets including huisache, hollies, and shrubby oaks, old fence rows, woodland edge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Clear Creek Nature Park, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Park, Houston Heights Reservoir, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vesper Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pooecetes gramineus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: End Sep-early May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Harvested or fallow fields, prairie, road edge, and similar open land, occasionally around hedgerows, thickets, or woodland edge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Anahuac NWR, Addicks Reservoir, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Savannah Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Passerculus sandwichensis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: End Sep-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Winters in low, open vegetation, including beach grasses, roadsides, cutover and fallow fields, and coast and inland prairie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Surfside Beach and Jetty, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Moody Gardens, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP, George Bush Park/ Barker Reservoir

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LeConte's Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ammospiza leconteii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Mid Oct-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Gulf cordgrass flats, weedy fields, and coastal bluestem prairies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR, George Bush Park/ Barker Reservoir, John Paul Landing Park, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seaside Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ammospiza maritima

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Extensive stands of smooth cordgrass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, San Luis Pass, Galveston Island SP, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Song Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Melospiza melodia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Mid Oct-Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Brushy fields, woodland edge, fence row, occasionally in freshwater marsh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, San Jacinto Battleground, Baytown Nature Center, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lincoln's Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Melospiza lincolnii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Oct-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Thickety growth along the borders of woods, hedgerows, and weedy fields with shrubs or saplings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, San Jacinto Battleground, Baytown Nature Center, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Katy Prairie, Clear Creek Nature Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Melospiza georgiana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Oct-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Coastal marshes, both fresh- and saltwater, thickets of willow or baccharis along edges of channels or pools, inland in moist fields with low brush

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, San Jacinto Battleground, Baytown Nature Center, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Katy Prairie, Clear Creek Nature Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      White-throated Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Zonotrichia albicollis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Mid Oct-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Woodland, dense thickets and hedgerows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR, Brazos River County Park, Brazos Bend SP, Clear Creek Nature Park, White Oak Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            White-crowned Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Zonotrichia leucophrys

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Mid Oct-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Thickety woodland edge, hedgerows, scrubby oak, thickets of huisache, hollies, and McCartney rose, fallow fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Challenger 7 Memorial Park, Brazos Bend SP, Seabourne Creek Park, Cross Creek Ranch Wetlands

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Red-winged Blackbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agelaius phoeniceus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Marshes, wet fields and rice paddies, dry plowed fields, hedgerows, and residential areas with mature vegetation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Lafitte's Cove, Brazos Bend SP, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eastern Meadowlark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sturnella magna

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Inland and coastal prairie, fallow agricultural land

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, East End Lagoon Nature Preserve, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, High Island, Anahuac NWR, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Bear Creek Nature Park, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brewer's Blackbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Euphagus cyanocephalus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Oct-mid Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Wet or dry plowed fields in the inland portion of the region, heavily grazed fields and stockyards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR, Katy Prairie, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Common Grackle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quiscalus quiscula

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Breeds in soft- and hardwood forest, open woodland; wintering groups occur in agricultural land, woodland edge, and in both urban and suburban areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria NWR, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Clear Creek Nature Park, Russ Pitman Park/ Nature Discovery Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Boat-tailed Grackle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quiscalus major

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Fresh and brackish coastal marshes, ranging to adjacent farmland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, High Island Beach, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great-tailed Grackle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quiscalus mexicanus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Urban and suburban settings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Bryan Beach, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, High Island Beach, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Hermann Park, Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bronzed Cowbird

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Highest density mid Mar-Aug

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Residential plantings, light woodland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Quintana Island (general), Galveston Island SP, Boy Scout Woods, Anahuac NWR

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brown-headed Cowbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Molothrus ater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Woodlands and well-planted residential areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Fort Travis Seashore Park, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Baytown Nature Center, Brazos River Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ebird Map

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Orchard Oriole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Icterus spurius

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Mid Mar-mid Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Open woodland, stands of tall brush, orchards, hedgerows, and residential plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Corps Woods, Eubanks Woods, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Baltimore Oriole

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Apr-mid May; end Aug-mid Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Coastal mottes, extensive stands of salt cedars, second growth and mature mixed woodland, orchards, shade trees

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Rice U. Campus, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ebird Map

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Haemorhous mexicanus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Residential and urban shade and ornamental plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: Lafitte's Cove, Corps Woods, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Baytown Nature Center, Russ Pitman Park/ Nature Discovery Center, Houston Heights Reservoir

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pine Siskin

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: End Oct-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Woodland edge, mature neighborhood plantings, fallow fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Taylor Lake Village Community Park, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Terry Hershey Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          American Goldfinch

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Mid Nov-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Woodland edge, mature neighborhood plantings, fallow fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Boy Scout Woods, Challenger 7 Memorial Park, Exploration Green, Seabrook Wildlife Park, Memorial Park, Houston Heights Reservoir

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                House Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Passer domesticus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Especially common near human dwellings; absent from isolated beaches and interior of extensive forest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Sea Center Texas, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Lafitte's Cove, Moody Gardens, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Clear Lake Park, Rice U. Campus, White Oak Park, Peckham Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Uncommon/Rare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Listed below are birds that may be seen while out birding, but occur less frequently than the above listed birds. A bird in this section does not mean it can't be seen, sightings are just less abundant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Canada Goose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Branta canadensis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Oct-Apr, some resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Rice fields, marshes, prairie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Shy Pond (Lake Jackson)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ebird Map

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Horned Grebe

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Nov-Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Coastal and inland; fresh- and saltwater ponds and impoundments

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Texas City Dike, Tri City Beach Road, Horsepen Creek Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brown booby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sula leucogaster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Varied months

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Gulf or inshore waters, roosting on buoys, offshore platforms, or other structures

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Morgan's Point, Surfside Beach and Jetty, Baytown Nature Center, 8 Mile Beach

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Northern Gannet

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Nov-Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Ocean waters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Galveston Beach, High Island Beach, Surfside Beach and Jetty

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      American Woodcock

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Scolopax minor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Nov-Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Riparian woodlands bordering creeks and streams, bottomland forest, swamps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Katy Prairie, Bear Creek Park, Smith Oaks Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yellow Rail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coturnicops noveboracensis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Mid Dec-mid Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Moist to wet grassy habitats, including coastal prairies and rice cultivation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Chambers County Beach, Katy Prairie Conserv.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Common Ground Dove

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Sept-Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Pastures or prairie with scattered shrubs, hedgerows, woodland edge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Fort Anahuac Park, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Black-billed Cuckoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coccyzus erythropthalmus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Apr-June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Margin and interior of coastal mottes, occasionally inland woodlots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Lafitte's Cove, Anahuac NWR, High Island

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Groove-billed Ani

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crotophaga sulcirostris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Sep-Feb; sparse sightings mid Mar-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Coastal thickets, various inland shrubs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Quintana roads, Galveston Island SP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Identification

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Broad-winged Hawk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Buteo platypterus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Mid Mar-mid June; mid Aug-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Urban woodlots, community parks, residential neighborhoods, coastal mottes, pine and pine-oak forests, bottomland forests

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: Riverpark Nature Trails, Rice U. Campus, Boy Scouts Woods, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Swallow-tailed Kite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elanoides forficatus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: End Feb-mid July

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Coastal prairie and along timbered watercourses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Bay Area Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eastern Screech-Owl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Megascops asio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Sparse sightings throughout the year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Extensively wooded areas, rural woodlots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Rice U. Campus, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Barn Owl

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Near resident (higher sightings Oct-Jan)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Coastally and inland in mottes and other groves of tress, windbreakers, dense tangles of vegetation, abandoned barns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: Brazoria NWR, Anahuac NWR, Katy Prairie Conserv., Boy Scout Woods

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anna's Hummingbird

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Mid Nov-Feb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Feeders and gardens with plantings for hummingbirds

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, West Keegans Bayou Jogging Trail, Peckham Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Calliope Hummingbird

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Dec-Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Feeders in well-planted yards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: Brunswick Lakes, Riverpark Nature Trails

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Broad-tailed Hummingbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Selasphorus platycercus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Dec-Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Well-planted gardens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: Sparse Lake Jackson sightings

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Red-headed Woodpecker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Melanerpes erythrocephalus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: End Dec-June; End Aug-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Open areas with snags including cutover, burned, or herbicide-sprayed mixed pine and hardwood forest, old orchards and pasture edge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Stephen F. Austin SP, Kluge/Longwood Retention Basin, W.G. Jones State Forest

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alder Flycatcher

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: May; Aug-mid Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Coastal mottes and scrub, dense forests of the northeast UTC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Bear Creek Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Willow Flycatcher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Empidonax traillii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: First half of May; Aug-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Coastal xeric scrub, willow groves

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: Dos Vacas Muertas, Lafitte's Cove, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, Bear Creek Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Couch's Kingbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tyrannus couchii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Mid Sep-mid Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Woodland edges, brushy areas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend SP, Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Park, Eagle Lake Municipal Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Western Kingbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tyrannus verticalis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Apr-mid May, scattered density of sightings June-mid Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Prairie or agricultural land with trees or bushes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, White Oak Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Horned Lark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eremophila alpestris

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Resident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Nests on higher, drier portions of beaches; during winter, along beaches and plowed fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Bryan Beach, Apffel Park/ East Beach, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bank Swallow

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Apr-June; Aug-mid Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Open habitats, most often over rivers or reservoirs, also agricultural land

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Brazos Bend SP, Brazoria NWR, Lafitte's Cove

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Red-breasted Nuthatch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sitta canadensis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Oct-Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Coniferous or mixed coniferous forest and often montane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Seabrook Wildlife Park, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), White Oak Park, Bear Creek Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brown Creeper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Certhia americana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: End Oct-mid Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Winters in wooded regions including residential areas with mature trees

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Bear Creek Park, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Winter Wren

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Troglodytes hiemalis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Nov-early Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Wet forest and understory, most frequently in tangles, stumps, and fallen limbs adjacent to streams and bayous

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazos Bend SP, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Rice U. Campus, Armand Bayou Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sprague's Pipit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anthus spragueii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Oct-mid Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Locally found on grazed or mowed habitats that mimic prairies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: Carbide Park, Brazos Bend SP, Brazoria NWR, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Golden-winged Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vermivora chrysoptera

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Mid Apr-mid May; smaller density end Sep-Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Coastally in oak or hackberry mottes, mature vegetation in residential yards and parks, salt cedar or tall willow clumps; inland in residential areas, parks, like oak groves

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Lafitte's Cove, Corps Woods, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Armand Bayou Nature Center

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cape May Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Setophaga tigrina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Mid Apr-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Coastal migrant traps, oaks, salt cedars

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove, Smith Oaks Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Black-throated Blue Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Setophaga caerulescens

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: May; Oct-Feb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Understory or canopy of oak or hackberry mottes and residential yards, privet, salt cedars, ornamental plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Bobby Ford Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Prairie Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Setophaga discolor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: End Aug-Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Salt cedar, oleander, stands of reed and cane, occasionally oaks or pecans in the outer edges of coastal mottes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Quintana Xeriscape Park, Lafitte's Cove, Hermann Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cerulean Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Setophaga cerulea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: Apr-mid May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Bottomland riparian and upland forests, coastal mottes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ebird Map

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Limnothlypis swainsonii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Apr-May

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Coastal mottes during spring migration. Breeds in moist to wet bottomland forest and along cypress-lined bayous

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Lafitte's Cove, Hooks Woods Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ebird Map

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mourning Warbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Geothlypis philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: End Aug-end Oct

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Coastal mottes and their borders; inland in well-vegetated residential yards, parks, and light woodland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Hooks Woods Sanctuary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Identification

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Black-headed Grosbeak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pheucticus melanocephalus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Jan-early Mar; Oct-mid Nov

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Coastal oak and hackberry mottes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: San Jacinto Battleground, Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Lafitte's Cove

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Green-tailed Towhee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pipilo chlorurus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Oct-Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Coastally and inland in the understory of salt cedar, oleander and baccharis thickets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: Dos Vacas Muertas, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ebird Map

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spotted Towhee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pipilo maculatus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Mid Oct-mid Jan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Old hedgerows and thickets of McCartney rose, yaupon holly, possum haw holly, and similar dense shrubs or low trees

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Boy Scout Woods, Ash Lake, Challenger 7 Memorial Park, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ebird Map

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eastern Towhee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pipilo erythrophthalmus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Nov-mid Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Woodland edge, thickets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Hollywood Bottom Park, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Boy Scout Woods, San Jacinto Battleground, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Memorial Park, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Clay-colored Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spizella pallida

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Early Mar-May; early Sep-end Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Edges of coastal thickets and marsh, salt cedars, and densely planted yards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: Quintana Xeriscape Park, Dos Vacas Muertas

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lark Sparrow

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: End Mar-early May; mid Aug-Dec

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Prairies near woods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grasshopper Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ammodramus savannarum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Present in: Higher density Oct-mid Jan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Habitat: Dry or moist grassy habitats, prairie or fallow fields with shrubs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliably reported at: Galveston Island SP, Anahuac NWR, George Bush Park/ Barker Reservoir, John Paul Landing Park

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nelson's Sparrow

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Present in: Oct-June

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Habitat: Stands of smooth cordgrass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reliably reported at: Crab Road, Brazoria NWR, Galveston Island SP, Apffel Park/ East Beach, Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harris's Sparrow

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Present in: Mid Nov-early Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Habitat: Woodland edge, stands of yaupon and McCartney rose, dense or abandoned residential plantings, hedgerows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reliably reported at: George Park, Katy Prairie, Brazos Bend SP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Present in: Nov-early Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Habitat: Understory of woody thickets like yaupon holly or McCartney rose, margins of woodland, extensive hedgerows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reliably reported at: Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), George Bush Park, Katy Prairie

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored form)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Junco hyemalis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Present in: Oct-early Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Habitat: Woodland edge, thickets, weedy fields, hedgerows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reliably reported at: Brazos Bend SP, Alcorn Bayou, Rice U. Campus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yellow-headed Blackbird

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Present in: Absent most of Mar, and end May-Sep, otherwise, scattered times of the year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Habitat: Marshy areas, rice paddies, pond margins, occasionally coastal lawns or dunes, plowed fields

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reliably reported at: Artist Boat Coastal Heritage Preserve, Hooks Woods Sanctuary, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, Anahuac NWR

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bullock's Oriole

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Icterus bullockii

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Present in: Early Dec-mid Mar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habitat: Mature Residential plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Brazos Bend SP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Haemorhous purpureus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Present in: End Nov-Apr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Habitat: Woodland edge and mature residential plantings

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliably reported at: San Bernard NWR, Cullinan Park (Sugar Land), Terry Hershey Park, Eagle Nest Lake

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