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 bird has found a snow-free zone just under the eaves around my patio. This position allows the bird to benefit from the shelter created by a man-made structure, while at the same time allowing for the concealment provided by the more familiar vegetation.

But, this spot was not cure-all for what ailed the Mockingbird. The low temperature and blowing snow affected this bird in a way that was easy to read from his body language—he was cold and miserable.

Northern Mockingbird - White Christmas

Northern Mockingbird - White Christmas

Northern Mockingbird - White Christmas

Observation Details

County Denton
City Carrollton
Date Dec 25, 2012
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Cold (less than 50°F/10°C)
Weather Snow
Habitat Residential-Single Family
Type of Behavior Sheltering
Gender Uncertain
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Northern Mockingbird Observation Location