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 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 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 062014
 
Nutria - A Little Bit Different

Nutrias and Beavers can look superficially similar when they are observed swimming through the water. Because of this it can sometimes be hard to tell the two rodents apart at first glance. One of the first things I look for when trying to differentiate these rodents is the color of their snouts. Nutrias typically have

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Apr 092014
 
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 2

NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Not much new was going on with the Mute Swans this week. Egg incubation continues into week four (since I began observing the nest). I did have a chance to speak with some park patrons

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Mar 102014
 
Journal - College Street In Person

Dateline – January 8, 2014 This cool January morning was not the kind of day I usually set aside for a hike in the woods. The weather on this day was overcast with a weird misty rain. No big drops fell from the sky, and you couldn’t even call this weather condition a drizzle. The

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Jul 192013
 
Nutria - Independence

Our neighborhood Beaver Pond attracts a wide variety of urban wildlife. These are juvenile Nutria, just old enough to begin thinking about their independence. A lone individual feeding in the open water first attracted my attention, but I soon notice a group of three more behind some nearby brush. One by one these Nutria entered

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Jul 092013
 
Nutria - To The Lily Pads

This Nutria was observed grooming himself in the reeds at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Seagoville, Texas. A few minutes later, the Nutria entered the water and swam to an area thick with lily pads. Wikipedia has this to say about Nutria: The coypu (from the Mapudungun, koypu), (Myocastor coypus), also known as the river

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Jun 022013
 
Nutria - John Bunker Sands

A Nutria swimming through the shallow waters at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center in Seagoville, Texas. Wikipedia has this to say about Nutria: Two names are commonly used in English for Myocastor coypus. The name “nutria” (or local derivatives such as “nutria- or nutra-rat”) is generally used in North America, Asia, and throughout countries of

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