Nov 302012
 
Beaver - Skull

This Beaver Skull was found under the tree canopy very close to the Trinity River at McCommas Bluff. This was the small skull of a juvenile or young adult animal. No other parts of the skeleton were discovered in the immediate vicinity. It is not clear what killed this young Beaver, but he was almost

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Nov 292012
 
Differential Grasshopper - Cold Night

How do Differential Grasshoppers deal with the cold nights of late autumn in Texas? Well, they find a spot on a branch or stem, and just ride the dark, chilly night out fully exposed. The cold air makes the grasshoppers immobile and unresponsive, but they are not frozen. The temperatures did not drop below freezing

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Nov 282012
 
Green-winged Teal - Coming in for a Landing

Green-winged Teal observed in northwest Plano near Normandy Estates. Observation Details County – Denton City – Plano Date – Nov 25, 2012 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Water-Pond Type of Behavior – Congregating Gender – Mixed Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson Main Article –

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Nov 282012
 
Greater Yellowlegs - Joppa Preserve

A pair of Greater Yellowlegs observed in the Joppa Preserve. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Dallas Date – Nov 21, 2012 Time of Day – Midmorning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Wading Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson Main Article

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Nov 272012
 
Coyote - Busted

Coyotes make me laugh sometimes. They do not like to be caught flatfooted. In this case, I came across a Coyote in an open field in far south Dallas. The Coyote and I saw each other at roughly the same time. I reached for my camera, and the Coyote headed for the hills. Wild Coyotes

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Nov 272012
 
American White Pelican - Odd Association

This unusual juxtaposition was observed high in the sky over the Joppa Preserve. We first noticed a small kettle of Black Vultures circling lazily over head in a midday thermal. We were enjoying watching these large birds soar through the clear, blue sky, when we were surprised to see an even larger American White Pelican

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Nov 262012
 
Mustang - Free Ranging

Mustangs running wild inside the Dallas city limits? Sounds unlikely doesn’t it? Well, I have been hearing rumors of a herd of free ranging Feral Horses inside the boundaries of Dallas proper for the better part of the past year. The stories suggest that drought conditions and the poor economy combined to motivate some horse

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Nov 262012
 
Yellow-bellied Water Snake - Leaf Litter

It is still possible to encounter snakes in Dallas area, even this late into the fall. Warm temperatures and beautiful sunny days will bring them out, and they can still be active and alert. This snake is a harmless, nonvenomous Yellow-bellied Water Snake. It was encountered near Lemmon Lake in the Joppa Preserve.

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Nov 252012
 
American White Pelican - Autumn Birds

American White Pelicans congregating at Sunset Bay on White Rock Lake. Wikipedia has this to say about American White Pelicans: Apart from the difference in size, males and females look exactly alike. Immature birds have light grey plumage with darker brownish nape and remiges. Their bare parts are dull grey. Chicks are naked at first,

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Nov 242012
 
Northern Mockingbird - Turn Around

A Northern Mockingbird observed in The Colony, Texas. Observation Details County – Denton City – The Colony Date – Nov 7, 2009 Time of Day – Noon Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C) Weather – Overcast Habitat – Agricultural-Pasture Type of Behavior – Surveying Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson Main Article –

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