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Pearland sits in Brazoria County and is home to more bird species than any other area in North America. During the Migration Season of April and May many songbirds are in the air. During the months of July through September, a variety of coastal birds from several species arrive in Pearland’s local parks.

Bright-colored birds and their chirping are the norm at two of the more popular sites in Pearland for birding – the Shadow Creek Nature Trail and John Hargrove Environmental Center. Unique birds also frequent Independence Park and Centennial Park in Pearland as well.

Pearland preserves several habitats that are critical for birds flying in for migration.  The city sits directly in the middle of the Central Flyway.  As these birds fly in from across the Gulf of Mexico they typically prefer habitats that are just inland – Brazoria County.  As the saying goes “location is everything” and for bird watchers Pearland is a perfect pick for birding!

Main photo: Great Egret photographed in Pearland by Pete Romfh, Texas Master Naturalist-Cradle of Texas Chapter.

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Birds Commonly Found in Pearland

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American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Pipit
American Redstart
American Robin
American Wigeon
Anhinga
Bald Eagle
Baltimore Oriole
Barn Owl
Barn Swallow
Belted Kingfisher
Black Vulture
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black-necked Stilt
Blue Grosbeak
Blue Jay
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-winged Teal
Brown Thrasher
Brown-headed Cowbird
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Cattle Egret
Cedar Waxwing
Chimney Swift
Chipping Sparrow
Cliff Swallow
Common Flicker
Common Gallinule
Common Grackle
Common Nighthawk
Common Tern
Cooper’s Hawk
Crested Caracara
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Screech Owl
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eurasian Collared Dove
European Starling
Forster’s Tern
Gadwall
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Great-crested Flycatcher
Great-horned Owl
Great-tailed Grackle
Greater Yellowlegs
Green Heron
Green-winged Teal
House Finch
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Inca Dove
Indigo Bunting
Killdeer
Laughing Gull
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Scaup
Lesser Yellowlegs
Little Blue Heron
Loggerhead Shrike
Mississippi Kite
Mottled Duck
Mourning Dove
Neotropic Cormorant
Northern Harrier
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Northern Shoveler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Osprey
Pied-billed Grebe
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Warbler
Purple Martin
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck
Rock Dove
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Roseate Spoonbill
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruddy Duck
Savannah Sparrow
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Snowy Egret
Song Sparrow
Spotted Sandpiper
Tri-colored Heron
Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
White Ibis
White Pelican
White-crowned Sparrow
White-faced Ibis
White-tailed Kite
White-throated Sparrow
White-winged Dove
Willet
Wood Duck
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-rumped Warbler[/fusion_content_box][/fusion_content_boxes][fusion_text]

* Special thank you to photographer Pete Romfh, Texas Master Naturalist-Cradle of Texas Chapter, all images were taken at the John Hargrove Environmental Center (JEHC) in Pearland.

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