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 262014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 9

Dateline – May 23, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] Things were holding steady at swan lake this week. The lone remaining cygnet is right around 5 weeks old now, and he continues to thrive. The baby swan is now

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May 202014
 
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 8

Dateline – May 17, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] There was some bad news with the Mute Swans this past week. From a brood that began with at least three baby swans we are now down to only one.

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Mar 032014
 
Journal - Prairie Creek Past and Present

Dateline – December 28, 2014 This journal entry will be a kind of personal voyage back in time for me. I’ll be going back to the late 1970s and early 1980s to a place called Prairie Creek. Located in Lewisville, Texas, Prairie Creek is where I first began spending time outdoors as a young man.

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Feb 072014
 
Red-eared Slider - Sunny Days

Red-eared Sliders are ectotherms. Coldblooded, these turtles rely on the warmth of the sun to regulate their internal body temperatures. In spite of this, Red-eared Sliders stay active throughout the winter in north Texas. On particularly warm or sunny days they will emerge from hiding to bask. That was the case on this bright December

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Oct 122013
 
Red-eared Slider - White Rock Pond

Red-eared sliders of various ages basking in a pond near White Rock Lake. Wikipedia describes Red-eared Sliders in this way: The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle

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Sep 012013
 
Red-eared Slider - Basking in Hutchins

A group of Red-eared Sliders basking in the midmorning sunlight. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Red-eared Sliders: The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle

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