Dec 312012
 
Beaver - Population Density

For this project we explored two stream beds for the purposes of observing and documenting evidence of Beaver activity. The small creeks we chose were located at opposite corners of an approximately six square mile rectangle of suburban North Texas. Beaver sign was abundance and easy to find in these areas. The evidence we found

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Dec 302012
 
Red-winged Blackbirds - Females

Female Red-winged Blackbirds photographed in The Colony, Texas. Observation Details County – Denton City – The Colony Date – Dec 22, 2012 Time of Day – Midmorning Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Agricultural-Pasture Type of Behavior – Roaming Gender – Female Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson Main Article –

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Dec 292012
 
Eastern Phoebe - Thorny

An Eastern Phoebe observed in The Colony, Texas. Observation Details County – Denton City – The Colony Date – Dec 22, 2012 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Agricultural-Pasture Type of Behavior – Roaming Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson Main Article –

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Dec 272012
 
American Goldfinch - Raider

I came across a small flock of American Goldfinches in a tree in Carrollton’s Nob Hill Park. The tree was laden with small masses of clumped together leaves. Evidently, these constructs represented the egg sack or larval home of some kind of insect. The goldfinches were raiding these leafy containers with gusto. All over the

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Dec 272012
 
Northern Mockingbird - White Christmas

A white Christmas is a rarity in north Texas. Including this year there have only been two in the last several decades. Snowy weather offers a whole new set of challenges to the area’s urban wildlife. In these pictures, a Northern Mockingbird is hunkered down just out of the reach of the falling snow. The

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Dec 262012
 
Sharp-shinned Hawk - First Sight

Sharp-shinned Hawks are very similar in appearance to the slightly larger Cooper’s Hawk. Their general form and coloration is nearly identical, and because of this it can be difficult to differentiate the two in the field. I frequently observe Cooper’s Hawks in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and every time I do I am left with

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Dec 252012
 
Great-tailed Grackles - Merry Christmas!

Great-tailed Grackles are aptly named. The sound of the word “Grackle” describes these birds to a tee. It perfectly encapsulates their appearance and their behaviors. Grackles are loud and abrasive sounding birds. They congregate into large, noisy, and messy groups at sunset when it is time to roost. During the day, grackles are opportunistic, bold,

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Dec 232012
 
Beaver - Lodge

A Beaver’s Lodge built in a small cattle tank in The Colony, Texas. Wikipedia has this to say about the North American Beaver: The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) is one of two extant beaver species. It is native to North America and introduced to Patagonia in South America and some European countries (e.g. Norway).

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Dec 222012
 
Mourning Dove - Mesquite Tree

A Mourning Dove 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 – Roaming Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson Main Article –

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