Feb 012017
Winter Wildlife Videos

Winter brings a wide variety of wildlife to this area and it is my favorite time of year to be outside. I filmed a lot of wildlife (over 70 species) between mid November and late January and I have five videos to share. These were shot at different locations and are compilations of short clips

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Sep 022014
What Is and What Was

We like to imagine that nature is static and unchanging. It is somehow comforting to believe that our environment and its wild inhabitants do not and should not vary. But the old cliche about change being the only constant applies to the natural world just as it does to almost everything else. To one degree

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Dec 062013
Mourning Dove - Neighbors

These Mourning Doves were photographed in a Carrollton subdivision. Mourning Doves are our most common dove, and there was a time when they might be the only dove you would ever see in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. But things have changed over the last 10 to 15 years. Sometime during that period both White-winged Doves

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Dec 032013
Eurasian Collared-dove - Park Land

I usually observe Eurasian Collared-doves foraging in parking lots or perched high up on utility lines. They seem to thrive in man-made environments, which may account for the way they are rapidly expanding their range all over North America. This was a unique encounter for me, and records one of the only occurrences I have

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Sep 082013
Eurasian Collared-dove - In Comparison

We have several varieties of doves here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Two of them are illustrated in this article. On the left is the Eurasian Collared-dove—an invasive species that is rapidly expanding its range in the United States. The dove on the right is a White-winged Dove. This dove has also recently expanded its

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Oct 272012
Eurasian Collared-dove - Power Lines

Another relatively large congregation of collared-doves observed on the power lines running between the high school and the neighborhood immediately to the south. Observation Details   County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – October 23, 2011 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Overcast Habitat – Community-Church/School/Civic Type of Behavior

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Sep 022012
Eurasian Collared-dove - Wal*Mart

I find more and more of these invasive Eurasian Collared-doves every year. These birds were observed in a Wal*Mart parking lot in North Dallas. Observations Details County – Denton City – Dallas Date – Aug 26, 2012 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Overcast Habitat – Commercial-Retail Type of Behavior

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Jan 212012

Jupiter Road runs north and south along the border between the towns of Richardson and Garland, Texas. There is a healthy population of Eurasian Collared-dove living along this route, especially between the intersection Beltline Road in the south and that of Campbell Road in the north.   County – Dallas City – Richardson Date –

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Jan 042012

Ordinarily, I observe Eurasian collared-dove in a more urban environment. They seem to be attracted to man-made structures. I frequently find them on power lines and in parking lots, for instance. This observation was unusual (in my experience anyways) because the doves were found in a grove of trees in the middle of a park.

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Oct 212011

This is an exciting observation, because it is of an unusually large congregation of Eurasian Collared-doves. I estimate that there are close to 100 individuals present at this location. The birds were coming and going with regularity, so there may have been even more. Ordinarily, Eurasian Collared-doves are only seen in pairs. Before making this

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