Nov 042014
DFW Urban Wildlife iNaturalist Project – Favorites

Every month it gets harder and harder to pick just three observations to highlight in this feature. With now over 140 participating members, we are getting so many special and unique submissions that choosing only three is nearly impossible. Last month I cheated a bit and picked four. I’m going to try to be a

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Jul 172014
Josey Ranch Roundup

Jul 04, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas I continue to be astounded at the quantity and variety of wildlife that I discover at this park in Carrollton, Texas. Most of the wild animals living in here are accustomed to a constant and peaceful coexistence with people, and are therefore very amenable to observation. This park continues

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Mar 072014
Coyote - Drinking from the Trinity

My trail camera captured this series of photographs just around 1:00 pm on a bright sunny day in early January. the pictures show a lone Coyote coming to the Trinity River for a quick drink. In isolated areas where Coyotes do not frequently encounter people they continue to remain active even during daylight hours. Urban

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Feb 032014
Journal - Great Trinity Forest Overlooks in Dallas, Texas

Dateline – November 16, 2013 There are views that will take your breath away in the the heart of Dallas just a couple of miles and minutes from downtown. The intersection of the White Rock Escarpment and the Great Trinity Forest set the stage for these vistas with elevations that offer excellent vantages of the

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Jan 072014
Coyote - Scatology

You can tell a lot about a Coyote’s diet by examining its droppings. Moreover, the contents of the scat can reveal much about how the environment and food supplies change with the seasons. The droppings in the pictures below were photographed at various times between the beginning of October 2013 and the end of December

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Oct 092013
Coyote - Prairie Wolves and Armadillos

These photographs were taken by Trail Camera on a dried pond bed near Lewisville Lake. The pictures show Coyotes and Armadillos together but do not show them acting as predator and prey. Wikipedia has this to say about Coyotes: The coyote (US /kaɪˈoʊtiː/ or /ˈkaɪ.oʊt/, UK /kɔɪˈjoʊteɪ/, or /kɔɪˈjoʊt/; Canis latrans), also known as the

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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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Aug 202013
Coyote - Pups!

On the morning of this observation I had traveled to Lake Lewisville in order to photograph the Louisiana Whooping Cranes that were there. When I arrived I discovered that the large white birds were not in the place I expected them to be. The cranes had recently begun to wander away from their normal haunts,

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Aug 152013
Coyote - Carrying

This was an interesting long-distance observation. One morning while I was at Lake Lewisville I noticed some movement along the margins near the water’s edge. At the time it was hard to tell whether it was a Bobcat, Coyote, or dog. The animal skirted the forest for some distance and then ditched into the underbrush.

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Aug 012013
Coyote - Field Crossing

A large Coyote crossing a field near the intersection of Spring Creek Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway in Plano, Texas. Wikipedia says this about Coyotes: The name “coyote” is borrowed from Mexican Spanish coyote, ultimately derived from the Aztec word cóyotl, meaning “trickster”. Its scientific name, Canis latrans, means “barking dog” in Latin. The

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