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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Apr 162014
 
Black-tailed Prairie Dog - Lubbock

Today’s observation required a little trip outside the metroplex. My daughter and I recently made a trip out to Lubbock to take a tour of Texas Tech University, and as we reached the outskirts of the city we were pleased to find this little Prairie Dog town. This colony of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs was located

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Apr 042014
 
Greater White-fronted Goose – Over JBS

These Greater White-fronted Geese were observed as they flew over the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas. These birds are not often seen in the more urban areas of the metroplex. A trip to the rural fringes is required to find them in large numbers. The birds in this flock were last seen

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Mar 192014
 
American Coot - Wandering Woodlake

The American Coots in this post were photographed at Woodlake Pond in Carrollton, Texas. They had gathered on the banks of the small lake in order to feed on bread crumbs offered by patrons of the Park. American Coots are interesting birds. It seem that every time I return to them I learn about some

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Mar 182014
 
Black Vulture - Party Crashers

This will be a tale of two vultures—the Black Vulture and the very similar Turkey Vulture. These two species of birds share many traits in common. They are both large and dark in coloration, and they frequently congregate together. Neither bird actively hunts, instead they both feed on carrion—the remains of recently deceased animals. It’s

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Mar 042014
 
Turkey Vulture - Armadillo Association

This post will serve to document an unusual wildlife interaction that I witnessed recently. I have never seen this kind of behavior before. Turkey Vultures like to congregate on certain parts of the Lewisville Lake dam. By late in the morning they will gather into various groups of a dozen or so birds to sun

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Feb 262014
 
Crested Caracara - Introductions

Historically, Crested Caracaras have been relegated to southern portions of the state, and as such they were thought to be rare visitors to north central Texas. But over the last several years there seems to have been an increase in the number of sightings in and around the metroplex. This bird has been on my

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Feb 212014
 
Ring-billed Gull - Spillway Congregation

We get a lot of Ring-billed Gulls in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as the migratory birds move south for the winter. In North Texas, Ring-billed Gull have predictable behaviors and can be found throughout the city on lakes and ponds. They are also a common fixture on large parking lots like those around shopping centers.

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