Texas Master Naturalists discovered a rare visitor in Rosenberg’s Seabourne Creek Nature Park during the most recent monthly bird hike. The visitor was a Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) which is normally a resident of south Texas and southeastern Arizona to Chile and Argentina.
This surprise sighting was the first record of this species in Fort Bend County and has been registered with eBird-Rare Birds. Kingfishers are found near water and wooded areas where they can prey from a waterside perch. Seabourne Park contains a wetland area, creek and four-acre lake so the female kingfisher decided to pay us a visit.
Seabourne Creek Nature Park is being restored to a natural habitat for birds, mammals and other wildlife. As a result, over 150 different birds have been documented in the park with 13 new species since the first of the year.
If local nature lovers would like to enjoy quality birding close to home, they are welcome to join Coastal Prairie Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists on the next bird hike, May 1, from 8 – 10 am. The Nature Park is located across Hwy 36 from the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds.
For more information about the hike, call 832-588-8431 or visit www.txmn.org/coastal.