Nov 042013
 
American White Pelican - Fall Migration

While walking through woods near Lewsiville Lake I spotted this large flock of migrating American White Pelicans heading south. Photographs were taken through openings in the tree canopy as I followed the birds as long as I could. These big white birds can travel at significant speed. They can move from horizon to horizon in

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May 182013
 
American Golden Plover - Pit Stop

American Golden Plovers stopping briefly in Seagoville, Texas on their long springtime migration. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Seagoville Date – Apr 13, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Migration Gender – Mixed Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris

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Oct 112012
 
Turkey Vulture - Fall Migration

A small group of migrating Turkey Vultures observed over Carrollton, Texas. These groups of migrating vultures can also become quite large. See this article for details: Turkey Vulture – Sky Full of Birds Observation Details County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – Oct 6, 2012 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C)

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Oct 102012
 
American White Pelican - Fall Migration

If you look to the skies at this time of the year you may see something similar to this. Migrating American White Pelicans congregate into swirling and undulating masses of birds that flash white or black depending upon the orientation of the soaring pelicans. The groupings can be quite large and tend to be very

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Oct 192011
 
Turkey Vulture - Sky Full of Birds

Around noon on Sunday, we observed hundreds of Turkey Vultures riding a thermal updraft and swirling high into the air. The birds were quite some distance away when we first noticed them—maybe as far as a mile (1.6km). As the vultures rode the thermal to its height, they began to break out of the circular

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Oct 012011
 
American White Pelican - Migration Swarm

This pulsating swarm of migrating American White Pelicans passed over us while we were at a weekend soccer game. The shifting shapes, and the periodic flashes of first white and then black made this a very strange sight. The birds were too high in the sky for a positive identification in the field. It was

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Sep 292011
 
Cedar Waxwing - Berry Eaters

Another group of Cedar Waxwings migrating through the DFW Area in early March. Congregations such as this one will litter the ground below the tree with berry-colored and seed-filled bird droppings. Wikipedia has this to say about the Cedar Waxwing: Cedar Waxwings are a medium sized bird approximately 6–7 in (15–18 cm) long and weigh

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Sep 252011
 
Monarch Butterfly - Fall Flyby

Every fall Monarch Butterflies by the thousands migrate through North Texas on their way the high mountain fir forests of central Mexico. I noticed my first one of the season early this morning, while walking through Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. Then I noticed another and another. The migration is definitely on. Its a

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