El Franco Lee Park Bird List (closing in on 200)

El Franco Lee Park Bird List

 Version 1.0

Stephan Lorenz (slorenz@mail.com)

Judy Behrens (jpbehrens@comcast.net)

 

El Franco Lee Park located in Harris County, Texas has a surprisingly diverse avifauna for its small size (361 acres). The park consists mainly of improved playing fields, scattered trees, and an 80 acre wetland abutting Clear Creek. The wetland containing open water, dense stands of reeds and cordgrass, fringed by mature stands of trees (oak and cypress) and brush is by far the most productive birding area. Open grassy areas and standing water in several overflow basins also provide good temporary habitat, especially for shorebirds. This list includes species detected within the park over the past years, but will surely increase as the birding opportunities are explored especially during migration.

 Checklist:

ANATIDAE

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck   
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck                              
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Mottled Duck
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Greater Scaup
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck

PODICIPEDIDAE

  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Least Grebe

PHALACROCORACIDAE

  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Double-crested Cormorant

ANHINGIDAE

  • Anhinga

ARDEIDAE

  • American Bittern
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

THRESKIORNITHIDAE

  • White Ibis
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Roseate Spoonbill

CICONIIDAE

  • Wood Stork

CATHARTIDAE

  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture

PANDIONIDAE

  • Osprey

ACCIPITRIDAE

  • Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Snail Kite (A)
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Harris’s Hawk (A)
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk

FALCONIDAE

  • Crested Caracara
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin

RALLIDAE

  • King Rail
  • Sora
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Coot

GRUIDAE

  • Sandhill Crane

CHARADRIIDAE

  • Black-bellied Plover
  • American Golden-Plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Killdeer

RECURVIROSTRIDAE

  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet

SCOLOPACIDAE

  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Least Sandpiper
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Stilt Sandpiper
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Wilson’s Phalarope

LARIDAE

  • Laughing Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Least Tern
  • Caspian Tern
  • Black Tern
  • Forster’s Tern

COLUMBIDAE

  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • White-winged Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Inca Dove

PSITTACIDAE

  • Monk Parakeet
  • Cockatiel (I)

CUCULIDAE

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo

STRIGIDAE

  • Great Horned Owl
  • Eastern Screech Owl

CAPRIMULGIDAE

  • Common Nighthawk

APODIDAE

  • Chimney Swift

TROCHILIDAE

  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

ALCEDINIDAE

  • Belted Kingfisher

PICIDAE

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker

TYRANNIDAE

  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Alder Flycatcher
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Vermillion Flycatcher
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

LANIIDAE

  • Loggerhead Shrike

VIREONIDAE

  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo

CORVIDAE

  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow

HIRUNDINIDAE

  • Purple Martin
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Cave Swallow
  • Barn Swallow

PARIDAE

  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse

CERTHIIDAE

  • Brown Creeper

TROGLODYTIDAE

  • Carolina Wren
  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Marsh Wren

POLIOPTILIDAE

  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

REGULIDAE

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet

TURDIDAE

  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin

MIMIDAE

  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Brown Thrasher

STURNIDAE

  • European Starling

MOTACILLIDAE

  • American Pipit
  • Sprague’s Pipit

BOMBYCILLIDAE

  • Cedar Waxwing

PARULIDAE

  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Kentucky Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat

EMBERIZIDAE

  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow

CARDINALIDAE

  • Summer Tanager
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Painted Bunting
  • Dickcissel

ICTERIDAE

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Common Grackle
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Orchard Oriole

FRINGILLIDAE

  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch

PASSERIDAE

  • House Sparrow

Orange-cheeked Waxbill (I)

Orange Bishop (I)

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Impressive list of species. Why is there an (A) beside the Harris hawk?

    Reply

  2. Posted by Bill Wright on June 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    eBird lists an Inca Dove seen by Johnnie Greene on 8/2/06.

    Reply

    • Thank you for the notice, yes that bird makes complete sense of course, interestingly they have disappeared from my yard in the past years. I used to see them almost daily and have not noticed any in my neighborhood or at El Franco Lee Park. Thanks again and I will add it to the list. Stephan Lorenz

      Reply

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