Dec 112014
 
Josey Ranch Lake - Winter Duck Preview

November 29, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas I recently paid Josey Ranch Lake an abbreviated visit just to get a quick idea of how the winter waterfowl situation was shaping up. I can report happily that there were a lot of ducks on the water on this warm and sunny Saturday afternoon! All the expected species

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Nov 182014
 
North to Denton - Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

For my second visit to the vast tracts of wilderness north of Lewisville Lake I headed over to the west side of the Trinity River, to a place known as the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC). Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center is part of the City of Denton’s park system. Here is how it

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Nov 062014
 
John Bunker Sands - Eagles and Swallows

October 19, 2014 – Seagoville, Texas I recently accepted an invitation to spend a few evening hours with friends out at the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas. This time of year, Barn Swallows by the thousands will marshal over the wetland cells to feed before going to roost for the night. If

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Aug 262014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 17

Aug 8, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] It’s time to check in on our rapidly growing Mute Swan cygnet once again. The juvenile swan is 16 weeks old as of this report and very nearly the

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Jul 292014
 
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 16

Jul 25, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Its been a few weeks since we last checked in on the Mute Swan family at Josey Ranch Lake Park. I stopped by briefly this weekend to see how

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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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Jun 302014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 14

Dateline – June 27, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Long hot Texas summers can take a toll on ponds and lakes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Water that appears clear and pure in the winter and spring can become

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Jun 162014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 12

Dateline – June 13, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] I am really astounded by how rapidly the little Mute Swan cygnet is growing these days. The young swan is rapidly gaining on his mother in size, but he still

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Jun 112014
 
Urban Wildlife - Ten Days in May

Dateline – May 11, 2014 I had a number of interesting wildlife encounters over the course of ten days this past May. The weather in North Texas in mid-spring is still very nice. It can get warm, but the heat is never oppressive the way it is in the dog days of summer. In May,

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Jun 022014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 10

Dateline – May 30, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] I’ve got several things to update you on in this post, but like always, I will start with the Mute Swans. It’s an easy update this week, as everything is

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May 282014
 
Journal - A Walk Through LLELA

Insects were the order of the day on this early May walk through the Lewisville Lake Environmental learning Area (LLELA). In the late summer and early fall there will be an abundance of large grasshoppers of every kind in places like this, but in the spring it is the tiny grasshopper nymphs that foreshadow the

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