If you like to bird watch for lively, funny and pretty little birds, the nuthatches, creepers, chickadees, wrens and titmice of Houston, Texas will not disappoint you. Whether you venture into the woods or just your own backyard for bird watching, there are many species of these little birds for you to watch and enjoy.
Carolina Chickadee. You can see this tiny bird while bird watching in your own backyard if you put out a feeder filled with sunflower seeds. Very similar to the Black-capped Chickadee of the northeast, you’ll recognize this social, cheery little bird when bird watching in Houston, Texas by its distinctive black cap and bib, along with its gray wings. Chickadees are very common in all seasons, and breed in Houston, Texas. When not in your backyard, you can find Chickadees in woodlands and forests.
Tufted Titmouse. Another social little bird, you will often see the Tufted Titmouse in flocks of Carolina Chickadees. They also love sunflower seeds, and will nest in nesting boxes if you care to put them out in your Houston, Texas backyard. These little birds are common all year round and love forests and woodlands. Identify the small gray titmouse when bird watching from its spiky crest, peach patches on its legs, and large black eyes.
Red-breasted Nuthatch. Look for this tiny Nuthatch while bird watching during the winter in Houston, Texas. While not common birds here, the number of nuthatches here are increasing and they will come to feeders. Look for their very energetic foraging! Nuthatches have been sighted in Bear Creek Park during Houston, Texas winters. Look for Red-breasted Nuthatches in forest and woodlands, where you can identify them from their long bills, short tails, blue-gray backs and plump cinnamon bellies. These Nuthatches also have black caps and eyestripes in a white face.
Brown-headed Nuthatch. This small nuthatch is not common in Houston, Texas, but you may see one when bird watching in pine forests. They have been sighted at both Bear Creek Park and Kleb Woods Nature Preserve. Look for these Nuthatch’s white bellies, blue-gray backs and wings, and brown crowns. They like to crawl head first down trees as they look for insects. These Nuthatches are one of the few birds that use tools – they will use a piece of bark to pry up other pieces, looking for insects.
Brown Creeper. Look for this little songbird creeping along tree trunks in the coniferous forests of Houston, Texas. You are most likely to see these Creepers in January, February and March. They use their curved bills to look for food as they creep along. Identify them in Houston, Texas from their streaky brown and white backs and white bellies. They have long thin bills and long tails.
Rock Wren. Rock Wrens are rarely seen while bird watching in Houston, Texas, but have been sighted in Pine Gully Park. Look for them during the winter. They are pale gray little birds that like to hang about on rocks. Identify them by their faintly striped throats, long thin bills and long, barred tails. An interesting fact about the Rock Wren is that it does not drink water, taking in what it needs from the food it eats.
Carolina Wren. This is the most commonly seen Wren in Houston, Texas. Look for it while bird watching in forests or even wooded suburbs or urban areas. It is a small buffy songbird, with rusty underparts, a white eyestripe and a tail that is usually pointed up. It is also very loud. Carolina Wrens will nest in unusual spots, including hanging baskets of flowers or even window boxes. These songbirds mate for life.
Winter Wren. An uncommon Wren here in Houston, Texas, you may still glimpse one while bird watching in the forest during the winter, especially near water. They have shorter tails and are darker than the House Wren, and like to forage on the ground for insects. Winter Wrens are small but they are very energetic. They have been sighted in Bear Creek Park, so look for the small brown bird with a short upward tail. They also have thin, pointed bills.
Sedge Wren. These secretive little birds can be seen while bird watching in the marshes of Houston, Texas during the winter, although they can be difficult to spot. Look for this Wren’s small bill and very short tail, along with bold streaks on its back. They also have a subtle white eyestripe. The Sedge Wren is one of the most nomadic birds in North America – you never know when it might show up in Houston, Texas.
Marsh Wren. Marsh Wrens like to hang about in cattails, being noisy, so look for them in the marshes of Houston, Texas (hence their name.) They have bold black and white stripes on their backs, which is how to distinguish them from the Sedge Wren. The Marsh Wren also has a longer bill and a brown cap, along with a more distinctive eyestripe. These songbirds are not common in Houston, Texas, but you may see them while bird watching during the winter.