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This posts reveals the sorry state of Lemmon Lake this year.

Lemmon Lake dries nearly every summer. It’s part of the cycle of death and re-birth in the Joppa Preserve in Dallas, Texas. It requires a major flood event to refill the lake after a summer like the one we had last year. The nearby Trinity River must overflow its banks in order for Lemmon Lake to really become a lake again. So far this year that hasn’t happened.

The lake this summer is only a shadow of its former self. The few rain showers that we’ve experienced since the summer of 2012 have only been enough to fill the channel of the lake with a muddy slurry. As a consequence, there won’t be any Roseate Spoonbills, Anhingas, or Wood Storks at the lake this year.

Fortunately, the conditions are still attractive to White Ibis and they continue to come to the lake in droves. These pictures contain a mix of adult and first year juvenile birds in various stages of development.

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

Some ibises have a slightly deeper shade of red coloration on there beaks and legs.

Some ibises have a slightly deeper shade of red coloration on their beaks and legs.

This is a first year juvenile White Ibis.

This is a first year juvenile White Ibis.

This ibis was drawn away from the water's edge by a grasshopper he was chasing.

This ibis was drawn away from the water’s edge by a grasshopper he was chasing.

Lemmon Lake: Summer 2013

Lemmon Lake: Summer 2013

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

An adult ibis with two juveniles of slightly different ages.

An adult ibis with two juveniles of slightly different ages.

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

White Ibis - Lemmon Lake

In addition to the darker red coloration on their legs and beaks, some ibis also sport a dewlap under their chin.  I am not sure what accounts for these differences in color and form.

In addition to the darker red coloration on their legs and beaks, some ibis also sport a dewlap under their chin. I am not sure what accounts for these differences in color and form.

Observations Details

County Dallas
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City Dallas
Date Jun 29, 2013
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Overcast
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Foraging
Gender Mixed
Maturity Mixed
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article White Ibis Observation Location

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