Apr 172014
 
Armadillo - Sam Houston Trails Park

I paid my first visit to Sam Houston Trails Park in Irving, Texas just a little over a month ago. This park is situated along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River near the intersection of President George Bush Expressway and I635. Its a very nice park, with a very nice trail system. From the

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Apr 162014
 
Black-tailed Prairie Dog - Lubbock

Today’s observation required a little trip outside the metroplex. My daughter and I recently made a trip out to Lubbock to take a tour of Texas Tech University, and as we reached the outskirts of the city we were pleased to find this little Prairie Dog town. This colony of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs was located

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Apr 112014
 
Mallard - Intersex

This is a photograph of an intersex Mallard. In this case, we have a female duck which is also displaying some secondary gender traits of a male Mallard—most notably in its plumage coloration. This unusual condition occurs for a couple of possible reasons. One might be that the duck has the gonadal tissue of both

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Apr 092014
 
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 2

NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev ] Not much new was going on with the Mute Swans this week. Egg incubation continues into week four (since I began observing the nest). I did have a chance to speak with some park patrons this time out,

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Apr 072014
 
Journal - Lock and Dam Number Two

Dateline – January 25, 2014 In the early years of the twentieth century there were those who dreamt of making Dallas a port city. Their ambitious plans required a navigable Trinity River and steps were taken to make it so. But the Trinity is a contrary river. Shoals, shallows and snags all conspire against any

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Apr 042014
 
Greater White-fronted Goose – Over JBS

These Greater White-fronted Geese were observed as they flew over the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas. These birds are not often seen in the more urban areas of the metroplex. A trip to the rural fringes is required to find them in large numbers. The birds in this flock were last seen

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