We\’d like to share this wonderful report from Jim Winn of Birdathon team Eager Egrets, which includes our friends Skip Almoney, Ben Hulsey, and Betsy and Jim Winn. It\’s a great example of how to participate in Birdathon during these unprecedented times. In addition to a \”virtual team,\” you can also participate in Digital Birding! Click here to learn more.
Lots of migrants have come through our area this spring. We know that from reports of our Galveston friends. However, the big invasion was the week prior to our Birdathon day, Thursday, April 16th. Nevertheless, 103 species were found. The weather was perfect for time spent outdoors and we certainly need some of that.
With six feet apart restrictions, the Birdathon rules were revised to allow us to bird different areas on the same day. Betsy and I birded from the roads in the Katy Prairie, Skip birded the wooded east side of Hermann Park and around McGovern Lake, and Ben birded Willow Waterhole, Archbishop Fiorenza Park, Cullinan Park, and finally out to Attwater’s Prairie Chicken NWR to look for the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, one of the most endangered birds in North America. It didn’t show.
The team did find 103 unique species (97 by Ben, 42 by Skip, and 36 by Betsy & Jim). The list is somewhat short on warblers, but does have many other interesting birds.
Also of interest were the exotic species seen, but not included on the Birdathon checklist – Red-vented Bulbul, Scaly-breasted Munia, and Egyptian Goose.
And our candidate for the “Best Bird That Got Away” is the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, which Ben found and photographed the following morning! Arrrr …
On behalf of Houston Audubon, a special Thank You to those who have donated or will be doing so. The door for donations closes on May 11th.
Jim Winn, on behalf of Eager Egrets
Houston Audubon Advisory Board Member
Photos by Ben Hulsey
Eager Egrets Covid-19 Birdathon Checklist
April 16, 2020
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Northern Rough-winged Swallow