Oct 032013
 
Spotted Bird Grasshopper - Aposematic Form

This grasshopper caused quite a stir when we first tried to identify her. Clearly a bird grasshopper of some kind, I expected that finding the exact species would be quite easy for such a strikingly colored bug. Boy, was I wrong. After scouring the internet for hours I finally turned up exactly ONE photograph of

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Sep 132013
 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Hot in the City

A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher panting in the heat of a hot Texas summer. 100F(38C) plus at noon on this day. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Hutchins Date – Aug 1, 2013 Time of Day – Noon Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Surveying

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Sep 112013
 
Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Saving Some for Later

A Black and Yellow Garden Spider lording over a recently cached insect. The hapless bug has been envenomed and wrapped in silk, so that the spider can feed at its leisure. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Hutchins Date – Aug 3, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather –

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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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Sep 072013
 
Black-necked Stilt - In Flight

A Black-necked Stilt in flight over a small lake in Hutchins, Texas. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Hutchins Date – Jul 27, 2013 Time of Day – Midmorning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Flying Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult Observer

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Sep 072013
 
Tricolored Heron - Swamp

This is a lone Tricolored Heron seen congregating with a large number of Cattle Egrets around a small lake in Hutchins, Texas. All of the birds fled as I approached. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Hutchins Date – Jul 27, 2013 Time of Day – Midmorning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather

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