Oct 062014
 
A Summer of Swainson's Hawks

It has been a good summer for Swainson’s Hawks. What I mean by that is that I have had the opportunity to observe many more of them this year than I have in the past. Until this summer, every time I have observed Swainson’s Hawks they have been on the wing and high in the

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Jul 152014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 15

Jul 04, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Our Mute Swan cygnet is now eleven weeks old. The most notable change in his appearance from the week before is the continued growth of his wing and tail

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May 092014
 
Great-tailed Grackle - Soggy Bread

These opportunistic Great-tailed Grackles were observed as they helped themselves to some soggy pieces of bread left behind by duck feeding park patrons. In the pictures below the big black male grackles are contrasted nicely with the smaller, duller colored females. On occasion, the males would take time off from eating strike poses that were

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May 082014
 
Mallard - Odd Couple

This interesting odd couple are very dedicated to each other. This is a male wild Mallard and his friend, the distantly related domestic duck, known as an American Pekin. I have been visiting this pond for several weeks now, and these two ducks are always together. Strangely, the domestic duck also appears to be a

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May 022014
 
Carolina Chickadee - Little Bird

These little busybodies are hard to pin down. They flitter from branch to branch so quickly that it is difficult to get the camera on them in time for a clear shot—especially at close range. This Carolina Chickadee was close enough—maybe even a little too close, as the camera angle is from a little further

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