Mar 302017
 
Bringing Back the Bobwhites

One of my earliest recollections of experiencing exciting and unique urban wildlife occurred when I was a young boy. I grew up in Lewisville at a time when it was still a very small town. In the mid 1970s, Lewisville still had significant areas of undeveloped land and a number of unpaved dirt roads. One

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Mar 132017
 
How Do You Pronounce the Word "Pyrrhuloxia?"

Dateline – February 24, 2017 How Do You Pronounce the Word “Pyrrhuloxia?” Oh, its a hard question, to be sure. But to me the actual pronunciation of the word “Pryyhuloxia” is of secondary importance. I am just glad to finally have the chance to see one of these rare-in-the-metroplex birds. Traditionally this bird’s range has

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Mar 062017
 
Two Coyotes and a Dog

Dateline – February 12, 2017, Dallas, Texas I’ve already posted about this encounter on our Facebook group, but I wanted to include the story here on the blog to create a more permanent record. This venue will also give me a little more room to elaborate on certain aspects of the tale, which will be

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Feb 212017
 
Wonderful Winter Waterfowl

One great thing about being a wildlife enthusiast in North Texas is that the mix of species that can be found here gets reshuffled several times a year with the changing of the seasons. That’s especially true of waterfowl, many of which are in Texas only during the colder months of the year. Nowhere is

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Feb 062017
 
Getting Around Town—Underground!

A few weeks ago, I noticed outside my office window, a lone Coyote. It was a daytime sighting made in the late morning—around 11:00 am. I first noticed the Coyote making his way across a large open field adjacent to our office complex. For some time now I have been making a point of keeping

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Jan 022017
 
The Story of Pale Male

Do you know the remarkable tale of Pale Male, the Manhattan Red-tailed Hawk? If not, then this definitely a story you need to hear. I first discovered Pale Male sometime around 2005 when my kids and I watched an episode of PBS Nature about this very special bird. I have been fascinated with him ever

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Nov 072016
 
The Case Against Bird Boxes

I may need to tread lightly here. I expect this could be a touchy subject, but I believe something needs to be said. Maybe there will be counterpoints, or maybe there will be a general agreement. Maybe I will change your mind, or maybe you will change mine. Who knows? There’s really only one way

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Sep 262016
 
A Summer of Extraordinary Urban Wildlife - 2016

What an amazing summer it has been! I have been pursuing Wildlife photography for over ten years now, and I am still making new and exciting discoveries. What a wonderful hobby this is! This summer has been special with sights and sounds like few others. The long hard drought of 2012 through 2014 is now

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Aug 082016
 
Carrollton Cooper's Hawks

In North Texas when a developer decides to put in a new subdivision it is usually the bulldozers that lead the way. In my neighborhood, though, there is one small portion of property that was spared the usual onslaught. A one acre park still retaining its original woods. Mature hackberry and pecan trees crowd this

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Jun 282016
 
The 10 Most Exotic Birds Observed in the DFW Metroplex

The 10 Most Exotic Birds Observed in the DFW Metroplex? An article like this one pretty much has to begin with a few definitions. I apologize, but that’s just the way it is. For the purpose of this posting we will be considering all native and non-native birds that living free and in the wild.

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May 232016
 
Wynnwood in the Winter

Our days are getting longer and the weather is turning warmer. Summer is right around the corner, and so is the sweltering North Texas heat that comes along with it. Soon the mild weather of this past winter and spring—one of the nicest extended seasons for being out-of-doors we’ve had in years—will be only a

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