Sep 302013
 
Black-tailed Jackrabbit - The First

This observations comes to us courtesy of Jennifer M Smallwood DVM CVA. This is our first documented Black-tailed Jackrabbit in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and we are very glad to have it. Jackrabbits do not seem to be as common in the metroplex as they once were. If you know of the location of some,

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Sep 292013
 
Haldeman's Green Potato Beetle - Metallic Green

This is a Haldeman’s Green Potato Beetle found in the woods near Hickory Creek at Old Alton Bridge. Observation Details County – Denton City – Unincorporated Date – Sep 7, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Roaming Gender

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Sep 282013
 
Belted Kingfisher - Scraggle

One day I will get a good picture of a Belted Kingfisher. Until then, these will have to do! Wikipedia has this to say about the Belted Kingfisher: The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a large, conspicuous water kingfisher, the only member of that group commonly found in the northern United States and Canada. It

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Sep 282013
 
Northern Cardinal - Bright Red

A bright red male Northern Cardinal photographed near Lewisville Lake. Observation Details County – Denton City – Lewisville Date – Aug 17, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Undeveloped-Wooded Type of Behavior – Roaming Gender – Male Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson

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Sep 272013
 
Northen Mockingbird - Juvenile Preening

A newly independent juvenile Northern Mockingbird preening near Harold Bacchus Park in Frisco, Texas. Observation Details County – Collin City – Frisco Date – Aug 18, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Preening Gender – Male Maturity – Adult Observer –

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Sep 272013
 
Coyote - Skull

I discovered this Coyote skull deep in the woods near Lewisville Lake. No other bones were found nearby. Just the skull. It is a small reminder that the beauty of nature often conceals an ugly dark side. Death is seldom peaceful in nature. Nor is it often quick, especially for non-prey animals. Death catches up

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Sep 262013
 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - A Scolding

I was exploring in the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) early one morning when I believed I heard a deer coming my way through the brush. I jumped off the trail, and tried to conceal myself under a low hanging tree so that I wouldn’t spook the whitetail as he approached. Well, this tiny

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Sep 262013
 
Paper Wasp - They Just Look Angry

Paper Wasp observed caring for their larvae in the nest. These photographs were taken at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. Observation Details County – Denton City – Lewisville Date – Aug 17, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Undeveloped-Wooded Type of Behavior –

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