Jun 232014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 13

Dateline – June 20, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] There was a lot of wildlife activity at the Carrollton park this week, and I have a number of interesting observations to share in this post, but like always I

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Jun 092014
 
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 11

Dateline – June 6, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] The Mute Swan cygnet continues to grow and there have been a number of subtle changes in his appearance. The young swan’s bill is becoming longer and his pin feathers

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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 262014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 9

Dateline – May 23, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Things were holding steady at swan lake this week. The lone remaining cygnet is right around 5 weeks old now, and he continues to thrive. The baby swan is now

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May 202014
 
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 8

Dateline – May 17, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] There was some bad news with the Mute Swans this past week. From a brood that began with at least three baby swans we are now down to only one.

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May 122014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 7

Dateline – May 9, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] The swan family was on the far side of the pond when I arrived this week. They were feeding on aquatic vegetation in the shallow water near the bank. On

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May 092014
 
Great-tailed Grackle - Soggy Bread

These opportunistic Great-tailed Grackles were observed as they helped themselves to some soggy pieces of bread left behind by duck feeding park patrons. In the pictures below the big black male grackles are contrasted nicely with the smaller, duller colored females. On occasion, the males would take time off from eating strike poses that were

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Oct 172013
 
Great-tailed Grackle - Evening Roost

This is the lead element of a much larger group of Great-tailed Grackles coming into to roost for the night. The intersection of Josey Land and Hebron Parkway in Carrollton, Texas is a favorite spot to overnight for these birds. The crisscrossing utility lines and many trees at these crossroads makes this location ideal. Observations

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Aug 092013
 
Great-tailed Grackle - Demands

This is a fledgling Great-tailed Grackle demanding that his mother feed him. That request didn’t seem to be a priority for mom at the time these pictures were taken. Observations Details County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – Jul 13, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat

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Feb 012013
 
Great-tailed Grackle - Bathing Beauties

A pair of female Great-tailed Grackles bath in the waters of White Rock Lake while a lone male looks on. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Dallas Date – Jan 6, 2013 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Bathing Gender –

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Dec 252012
 
Great-tailed Grackles - Merry Christmas!

Great-tailed Grackles are aptly named. The sound of the word “Grackle” describes these birds to a tee. It perfectly encapsulates their appearance and their behaviors. Grackles are loud and abrasive sounding birds. They congregate into large, noisy, and messy groups at sunset when it is time to roost. During the day, grackles are opportunistic, bold,

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