Oct 162013
American Kestrel - Grasshopper Snack

I spotted this big female American Kestrel as she dove to the ground in pursuit of flying grasshopper. By the time I had approached close enough for pictures, the kestrel had secured its prey and returned to her perch on the utility line. She made short work of the grasshopper, devouring the entire insect in

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Oct 142013
Monk Parakeet - In Garland

I found this Monk Parakeet colony using information provided by one of my readers. This observant lady noticed Monk Parakeets in the trees around her office building near the intersection of Plano Road and the LBJ Freeway. A quick look at Google Maps revealed an electrical substation in the general vicinity. Given the Monk Parakeet’s

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Aug 072013
Monk Parakeet - Cell Phone Tower

This observation documents what for me is somewhat new behavior for Monk Parakeets. Monk Parakeets show a distinct preference for man-made structures when they chooses their nesting sites. By far and away the most coming location for a Monk Parakeet in a urban environment is an electrical substation. The lively green birds seem to be

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American Kestrel – Fledgling

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Jul 292013
American Kestrel - Fledgling

This is a follow up of sorts to an earlier article about what appeared to be a courting pair of American Kestrels. That post can be found here: American Kestrel – Courtship The photographs in this post shed some new light of the situation, and reveal that the behavior recorded in the earlier post was

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Jul 132013
Seven-spotted Lady Beetle - Dandelion

These are Seven-spotted Lady Beetles feeding on aphids. If you look closely at the enlargements you can see the tiny aphids on the Dandelions in various places. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Garland Date – May 13, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat –

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Jun 292013
American Avocet - Lake Ray Hubbard

American Avocets feeding at Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland, Texas. Wikipedia has this to say about American Avocets: This avocet has long, thin, gray legs, giving it its colloquial name, “blue shanks”. The plumage is black and white on the back with white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon colored in the

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