Pied-Billed Grebe
BraeBurn No. 4
27 Oct 2016
BraeBurn is lucky to be home to a wide variety of birds that use both the course
and nearby Braes Bayou as a year-round sanctuary and as a resting place
during migrations. We have birds that nest in our trees, which are part of the
Houston urban forest, and birds that prefer our lakes and small streams. I have
identified 33 different birds at BraeBurn so far this year (see list below) that
range from wading birds (egrets, herons, and ibises) and lake birds (ducks,
geese, grebes, and cormorants) to woodpeckers, flycatchers, warblers, hawks,
and waxwings. You’ll see more bird variety on the outskirts of Houston than we
have at BraeBurn, partly because many birds have very specific feeding and
nesting needs. For example, I have never seen an Eastern Bluebird in Houston
but they are common in The Woodlands. I think the bluebirds just prefer a little
more open space. Nevertheless, BraeBurn has a fairly good variety of birds
considering our location in the middle of the city. I’ll share some BraeBurn bird
photos and short stories in future issues of the Bagpiper. And if you have bird
sightings or photos, please share them with BraeBirds.
1.......Bald Eagle
2.......Green Heron
3.......Great White Egret
4.......Summer Tanager
5.......American Robin
6.......Cardinal
7.......Great Blue Heron
8.......Snowy Egret
9.......Cattle Egret
10.....Swainson’s Hawk
11......Cooper’s Hawk
12......Blue Jay
13......Muscovy Duck
14......Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
15......Cormorant
16.....Belted Kingfisher
17......Red-Bellied Woodpecker
18.....Black Vulture
19.....White Ibis
20......Mockingbird
21......White-winged Dove
22......Black-crowned Night Heron
23......Mourning Dove
24.....Grackle
25.....Cedar Waxwings
26..... Egyptian Goose, 9 Oct 2016
27..... Vermilion Flycatcher, 20 Oct 2016
28.....American Bittern, 21 Oct 2016
29.....Pied-Billed Grebe, 27 Oct 2016
30.....Osprey, 28 Oct 2016
31.....Green Parakeet, 17 Nov 2016
32.....Killdeer, 22 Nov 2016
33.....Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Dec 2016
Pied-Billed Grebe
BraeBurn No. 4
27 Oct 2016
BraeBirds
Jim Frank joined BraeBurn in early 2016 and loves the course, including the variety
of birds that share it with us. He is a member of the House Committee.