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parks in Houston | Spend the Day Bird Watching at the Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center

Just fifteen minutes from Skyhouse Main is a picturesque 1.1-acre sanctuary complete with a log cabin, native plants, and seasonal wetland trails.

We’re talking about the ​Sim’s Bayou Urban Nature Center​, and it was established in the late 1990s to help revitalize its neighborhood.

The center is a popular bird watching destination among novice and experienced birders alike, and species that may be spotted include:

Cave Swallow

Cave swallows​ are compact birds with a small head and bill. They have a cylindrical body and display blue back feathers, brownish wings, and pale chestnut cheeks. These

birds eat insects off their wings and build their nests with bat guano and bits of mud. Listen for their high-pitched call of “zreet” are repeated multiple times.

Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed grackles​ are long-legged birds that feature exceptionally long tails. Males are an iridescent black with piercing yellow eyes, while females are dark brown above and paler below. When roosting, they’re often noisy, and during mealtime, they peck in fields and near marsh edges in search of food.

Inca Dove

Look closely to spot ​Inca doves​ as they’re the color of desert sand. Their face and underparts are paler than their back, and they walk quietly on the ground. These birds make an aggressive stuttering cooing sound, and during flight their wings make a dry rattling noise.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray gnatcatchers​ are tiny creatures with a long tail and thin, straight bill. True to their name, they’re identified by their blue-gray feathers and grayish-white underparts, and they rarely slow down as they flutter after small insects. Both genders entertain bird watchers with high-pitched nasal calls uttered in bursts of two to six notes.

The Sim’s Bayou Urban Nature Center is just one of the outdoor destinations near Skyhouse Main. If you are looking for a new place to call home, please ​contact us​. Our leasing agents would love to show you our luxurious community firsthand.

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