Are you looking for something different to do?
Then consider enjoying the second Saturday bird walks at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.
They're led by Kelsey Low, and birders of all skill levels are welcome.
The walks last two hours, and the arboretum provides a unique setting for observing birds in an urban environment.
Species that may be spotted along the way include:
Known as the most majestic of the birds found at the Arboretum, pileated woodpeckers are the size of a crow. They feature a blackish body and bright red crest, and this species served as the model for Woody Woodpecker. These birds claim their territory by drumming, and they feed on the carpenter ants and termites that live under the bark of large trees.
Carolina wrens are small, agile birds often found in brush piles and thickets. They're identified by their reddish-brown feathers above, and warm buffy-orange ones below, and when perched, they hold their tail high. Only male Carolina wrens sing, and their repertoire includes several different song variations.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned night herons are one of the most commonly spotted water birds at the Arboretum. They stand more than two feet high and feature a gray body, yellow legs, and black head marked with white cheeks. These birds slowly stalk their prey and mainly feast on crabs and crayfish.
Known as the State Bird of Texas, northern mockingbirds have small heads and a long, thin bill. They have gray-brown feathers overall, and a white wing patch is usually visual when perched. Northern mockingbirds are rather noisy, and they like to mimic the sounds of other birds.