Sep 302011
Journal – The Dredging of Woodlake Pond

Dateline – June 22, 2008 Woodlake Pond in Carrollton, TX is, depending upon how you look at things , either a small lake or a relatively large pond. And, while I’m not sure exactly how such distinctions are made by the experts, I do suspect that the lake/pond ambiguity may best explain the strange juxtaposition

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Sep 292011
Cedar Waxwing - Berry Eaters

Another group of Cedar Waxwings migrating through the DFW Area in early March. Congregations such as this one will litter the ground below the tree with berry-colored and seed-filled bird droppings. Wikipedia has this to say about the Cedar Waxwing: Cedar Waxwings are a medium sized bird approximately 6–7 in (15–18 cm) long and weigh

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Sep 282011

I observed this Great Blue Heron early one afternoon at Woodlake Pond in Carrollton, Texas.   County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – November 6, 2005 Time of Day – Noon Temperature – Cold (less than 50°F/10°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Water-Pond Type of Behavior – Roaming Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult

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Sep 272011

This intriguing caterpillar was photographed on a sunny, late summer morning in Grapevine, Texas. The caterpillar is surprisingly small at approximately 0.5in/1cm in length.   County – Tarrant City – Grapvine Date – September 25, 2011 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Residential-Single Family Type of Behavior

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Sep 252011
Monarch Butterfly - Fall Flyby

Every fall Monarch Butterflies by the thousands migrate through North Texas on their way the high mountain fir forests of central Mexico. I noticed my first one of the season early this morning, while walking through Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. Then I noticed another and another. The migration is definitely on. Its a

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Sep 242011

The photographer reports observing these two Turkey Vultures after stepping outside to check the mail. The birds were in the street, just one house down from the observer’s residence. The observer only became aware of the birds after reaching his mailbox. At this point he had approached within 30ft/9m of the birds. The vultures were

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Sep 232011

I observed these Mallards at Woodlake Pond in Carrollton.   County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – April 26, 2005 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Care of Young, Congregating Gender – Mixed Maturity – Mixed Observer – Chris Jackson Main

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Sep 222011

I spotted this Great Blue Heron early one morning in a Lake Lewisville park near The Colony. We were attending a kid’s 1/2 mile fun run, and the large gathering of spectators seemed to be making this heron nervous.   County – Denton City – The Colony Date – May 6, 2006 Time of Day

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Sep 212011
Beaver - In a Business Park

Beavers in urban and suburban environments often cause problems with water management as a consequences of their dam building. I got word of this particular case after overhearing a conversation about how many times a local business had to pay to have a drainage culvert unplugged due to the activities of a resident Beaver. The

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Sep 202011

This Red-tailed Hawk was observed sitting atop an old concrete structure, which I assume is an abandoned grain silo of some type. The Hawk was approximately 300yd/274m away, but he could still be heard calling to another unseen hawk nearby. The second hawk’s replies could also be easily heard in spite of the distance. This

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