Report from Buffalo Bayou beat correspondent Janice Van Dyke Walden
Nov. 11, 2018
I had the great pleasure this weekend to take wildlife photographer Greg Lavaty canoeing down Buffalo Bayou to photograph birds. In the three hours of an overcast morning in the section of Memorial Park/River Oaks, Greg heard or spotted 33 bird species (full list below, along with some of his photos). Many thanks to Gary Studwell who helped crew so Greg could have a stable experience in fast water. It is truly wonderful that we have this wild corridor in the middle of our nation’s fourth largest city. Let’s keep it wild.
List of birds heard or seen on this bayou trip:
Great Blue Heron
6 thoughts on “Birds of the Bayou”
Thank you, Susan! More trips in the works to document birds on the bayou at different seasons. Taking to a canoe is really the way to spot them as they all love to hang around the water.
Thank you, Janice.
More photos coming up!
Greg is an awesome bird guide! Thanks for sharing the many species of birds that could be heard and/or seen.
Thanks to Greg and Janice Walden.
Good morning. Great article and beautiful pictures. Thank you. I went on a boat ride to see the bats on the Buffalo Bayou at Waugh bridge last night (8/6/22). I am new to Houston and birdwatching. Is it possible that I saw a Lesser Yellowleg near the shore in the water? Also, do you know what kind of hawks are in the trees and up by the buildings near Waugh Bridge waiting for the bats to come out? Thank you!
Yes, Lesser Yellowlegs is possible that time of year.
On the hawks, the species I’ve seen in the area are Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Cooper’s Hawk. I have personally seen Red-tailed Hawks take bats before and imagine the other species could as well.