Mar 132014
 
Northern Mockingbird - The State Bird of Texas

Sometimes you can step right out your front door and see interesting urban wildlife. This Northern Mockingbird was perched on one of the bushes in our front yard and singing his heart out. Northern Mockingbirds have the unique ability to mimic the songs and calls of birds—a trait that explains their name. Their mimicry is

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Jan 202014
 
Belted Kingfisher - Up Close

This is a female Belted Kingfisher. I really enjoy getting to see these noisy, chittering birds—mainly because they are very exotic looking, and it exceedingly difficult to get close to one. Kingfishers like to live in remote areas close to water. I usually find them around the Trinity River and its tributaries. Belted Kingfishers are

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Oct 252013
 
Northern Mockingbird - Afterglow

A Northern Mockingbird photographed just before sunset in Farmers Branch, Texas. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Farmers Branch Date – Sep 26, 2013 Time of Day – Evening Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Surveying Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson

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Oct 112013
 
Turkey Vulture - Power Lines

A Turkey Vulture staging on a utility right of way near Old Alton Bridge in unincorporated Denton County. Observation Details County – Denton City – Unincorporated Date – Sep 7, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Surveying Gender

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Oct 042013
 
Blue-faced Meadowhawk - Having a Look

Dragonflies come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. This one is a male Blue-faced Meadowhawk. Observation Details County – Denton City – Unincorporated Date – Sep 7, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Surveying Gender –

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Sep 252013
 
Black-crowned Night Heron - Partially Concealed

A Black-crowned Night Heron overlooking a drainage culvert near a residential subdivision in Carrollton, Texas. Observations Details County – Denton City – Carrollton Date – Aug 18, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Residential-Single Family Type of Behavior – Surveying Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult

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Sep 132013
 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Hot in the City

A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher panting in the heat of a hot Texas summer. 100F(38C) plus at noon on this day. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Hutchins Date – Aug 1, 2013 Time of Day – Noon Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Partly Cloudy Habitat – Recreation-Park Type of Behavior – Surveying

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Sep 122013
 
Anhinga - Bittern Marsh

This juvenile Anhinga was photographed at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) in the Bittern Marsh. Reportedly, Anhingas are rarely seen at LLELA, which makes it nice to get this one documented. Wikipedia has this to say about Anhingas: The Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called Snakebird, Darter, American Darter, or Water Turkey, is a

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Aug 252013
 
Carolina Chickadee - Blue Sky

This is a Carolina Chickadee photographed in the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Observation Details County – Denton City – Lewisville Date – Jul 21, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Undeveloped-Wooded Type of Behavior – Surveying Gender – Uncertain Maturity – Adult

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