Nov 142016
 
And Now for Something a Wee Bit Different . . . Scotland, October 2016, A Wildlife Diary.

  “My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.”   Robert Burns  (1759 – 1796), national poet of Scotland. My wife Shannon is a Texas native and I was born

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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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Sep 232014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 18

Aug 22, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] This post will mark my last visit to Josey Ranch Lake Park this summer. The juvenile Mute Swan, whose progress I have been following is very nearly grown now.

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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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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 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 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 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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