Songbirds

Spring Has Sprung

The Wildlife Center has shifted to its Spring/Summer operating hours and is now open Monday through Friday 9:00-6:00 and weekends 9:00-4:00pm.  Sunday was  the first full day of spring and it is quite appropriate that a baby Great Horned owl became the 1000th intake of the year.  Raptor babies, especially Great Horned Owls are usually […]

Does Bird Feeder = Hawk Feeder?

When it comes to bird feeders it’s always something. If it isn’t the squirrels eating the seed, it is the hawks eating the birds. While we all know that hawks need to eat, we just don’t want them dining at OUR bird feeders. The only way to truly make a feeder hawk proof would be to […]

Grumpy Old Men

While baby bird season is beginning to wind down, we are still receiving Mockingbirds, Blue Jays and Dove. The pictured Mockingbird is a fledgling. From hatching of an altricial species to the unfurling of enough flight feathers to flutter short distances is considered the nestling stage. Babies are completely dependent on the parents at […]

By |August 10th, 2010|Songbirds, Wildlife Rescue|1 Comment

Lovey Dovey

Injured adult doves and young are quite plentiful right now at the Wildlife Center. Most folks are familiar with the haunting call of the Mourning Dove and can pick it out at (under) the birdfeeder. But the Houston area is home to a total of four different species. All doves start life as “ugly […]

By |May 23rd, 2010|Songbirds, Wildlife Rescue|1 Comment

Who is that Masked Bird?

Novice bird watchers often get Loggerhead Shrikes confused with Mockingbirds. They are close enough in looks that a quick glance misidentification is understandable. On second glance, even a novice will know that there is something different here – the bird looks like a Mockingbird on steroids!  While they are about the same size and […]

By |May 17th, 2010|Educational Articles, Songbirds, Wildlife Rescue|0 Comments

Colorful Migration

The numbers of colorful songbirds being spotted by birdwatchers this year has exploded! Even neighborhood feeders and gardens are attracting many species not often seen in our area. During the fall migration, the birds’ plummage is battered from the breeding season and they are molting into their less colorful winter plummage. But during the […]

By |April 26th, 2010|Songbirds, Wildlife Rescue|0 Comments