Sep 212015
 
The Wildlife of Garden Inn Pond

Where can you find interesting wildlife in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex? Well, as it turns out, just about anywhere you happen to look. All you really need is a little bit of water, a reasonable amount of vegetation, and just a smidgeon of seclusion. I recently discovered one such place right in the heart of

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Aug 182015
 
Around the House

Things have changed around the Jackson house since we adopted Britney and Shadow way back in late February. Adjusting to life with two rambunctious Lab-mix puppies has been something of a challenge. These two pups are high energy and they love to play. They wrestle with each other nonstop. Getting and keeping their attention simultaneously

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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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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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Jul 152014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 15

Jul 04, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Our Mute Swan cygnet is now eleven weeks old. The most notable change in his appearance from the week before is the continued growth of his wing and tail

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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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