Snowy egret

Birds in Houston! Birding in the backyard!

I wanted to compile a simple list of all the birds I’ve seen in Houston. Trust me, there’s more than you ever thought! I would have never imagined that birding could be so wonderful and fulfilling – most of which I can photograph in my own yard or backyard. This so far has been an AMAZING journey and we’ve only just begun. I’m running a Nikon D3500 with a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary for most of these photographs.

American goldfinch
American robi
American robin
American pipit
Bald eagle, female
Bald eagle, juvenile
Bald eagle, male
Black-capped chickadee
Black vulture
Blue jay
Blue jay
Brown-headed cowbird
Carolina wren
Carolina wren
Cedar waxwing
Cedar waxwings
Common starling
Common starling
Coopers hawk
Coopers hawk
Downy woodpecker
Eastern bluebirds
Eastern bluebird
Eastern phoebe
Eastern phoebe
Great blue heron
Great blue heron
Great egret and a Double-crested cormorant
Great egret (white) and a Double-crested cormorant (black)
Great-tailed grackle
Great-tailed grackle
House sparrow
House sparrow
Northern cardinal, female - Houston
Northern cardinal, female
Northern cardinal, male
Northern cardinal, male
Northern crested caracara
Northern crested caracara
Northern mockingbird
Northern mockingbird
Pine warbler
Pine warbler
Red-headed woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker
Red-shouldered hawk
Red-shouldered hawk
Snowy egret
Snowy egret
Tufted titmouse
Tufted titmouse
Turkey vulture
Turkey vulture
White-winged dove
Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler

Edited on 3/7 to add the American pipit, Black vulture, Brown-headed cowbird and a White-winged dove

Edited on 3/15 to add Downy woodpecker, Bald eagles, Black-capped chickadee and American goldfinch.

Sigma 150-600mm with a 2x Magnifier with the Nikon!

I was already in love with the 150-600mm lens, head over heels, couldn’t get enough – in love with it. Then, the 2x Magnifier that we ordered for the Sigma 150-600mm arrived and took my emotions to an entirely new level.

THESE ARE ALL SHOTS FROM OUR BACKYARD!

Nikon D3500 with 2x Magnifier and the Sigma 150-600mm, also a Cardinal

Two cons about the magnifier:

  1. When you’re out at 1200mm, it’s hard to find your subject. I think this is implied and probably strikes you as common sense BUT, the constant rotation of zooming in and zooming back out is a little cumbersome to find your target – it works though!
  2. I had trouble focusing on the birds. They are so incredibly fast as it is, but I missed more than a couple shots just trying to get them into focus. Lots of rotating the lens to try and get the picture how I wanted it and then increasing the zoom.
Nikon D3500 with 2x Magnifier and the Sigma 150-600mm, also Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern bluebird was shot from my backyard! I was so shocked that the lens got it at all, much less captured the colors.

Nikon D3500 with 2x Magnifier and the Sigma 150-600mm, also an American robin

The detail is incredible! You can see the fuzz on his beak! This magnifier is everything and I can’t wait to really get out and use it. Texas living is amazing! I am so incredibly happy with this magnifier. Purchase it here from Amazon. Here’s also the link to the Sigma 15-600mm. (It’s an affiliate link but that does NOT cost you anything.)

Nikon D3500 with 2x Magnifier and the Sigma 150-600mm, also a female Cardinal