Houston West Birding Sites Professional Review and Guide
"Although the two parks and Addicks Reservoir are reasonably safe from development, birding habitats in the remainder of this area are fast disappearing due to expanding human populations. All the Katy Prairie and Warren Lake areas (land west of SH 6) are privately owned, and birders must not trespass. The 2,168-acre Bear Creek Park, managed by Harris County, contains playgrounds, picnic sites, 3 golf courses, equestrian facilities, and considerable wild acreage with trails. The park is open daily from 7 A.M. to 10 P.M.
Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, White and White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Wood and Mottled Ducks, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, King Rail, Greater Roadrunner, and Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers are present year-round. Least Bittern; Wood Stork; Fulvous Whistling-Duck; Swainson’s Hawk; Chuck-will’s-widow; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Swainson’s, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers; Painted Bunting; and Dickcissel occur in summer. American White Pelican; American Bittern; Snow and Ross’s Geese; Osprey; Bald Eagle; Ferruginous Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Sandhill Crane; American Woodcock; Burrowing and Short-eared Owls; Say’s Phoebe; Vermilion Flycatcher; American and Sprague’s Pipits; Grasshopper, Henslow’s, LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; and Rusty Blackbird can usually be found in winter."