December Birding in North Texas

A feral pig hunt was on. It was a warm Saturday morning and the signs said, “Stick to the trails!”  I stuck to the trails (and kept a watchful eye for crazy pigs). This was the first day I took out my new camera, the Sony RX10 vi. It’s a lot of camera and more settings than I’ll ever need but I tried a few things on the following photos. The location as the Lewis Lake Environmental Learning Area (LELLA.org). It’s a large nature preserve that is very popular with the locals. It has a forested area, marshes, a river and open fields.  The bird species found here is astounding. I will certainly be going back.

Autumn Birding in Texas

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Crunching of brown and yellow leaves under foot, with no other sound. The sky so blue, makes you think of why blue is the rarest color in nature, yet it’s as vast as the sky above us. The bright yellow of the Cedar Waxwing seems as bright as the sun when in the darkened forest. It seems there is more color in autumn than there is in spring. I walked through the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center in Denton, Texas one Saturday morning and discovered why it is one of the best birding hotspots in Texas.  Just two thousand acres, small for such a title but large for a city park. The photos above were taken there, except the mushrooms and the photo of the White-throated Sparrow were found at Eagle Mountain Park outside of Saginaw.  These photos were taken with the Panasonic “bridge” camera z80.  I demonstrated the zoom by focusing on the tail of the waxwing out and back.  All in all there were just 13 species in a couple of hours that I successfully identified. The bird of the day was the American Robin, yes, the robin. Why? Because I haven’t seen a robin in a couple of months and today, in the forest, there were over 30 of them.  The other birds that shared the walk with me were the Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Flicker, Northern Cardinal, Northern Harrier, Spotted Towhee, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers.  It was a sunny warm day for November, but quiet most of the time. I encourage everyone to take a walk in the forest in November. Bring your camera, you’re going to see some very beautiful things.

March 2, 2018 at Eagle Mountain Park, Texas

Through a couple of hours of a sunny trail in the woods, I discovered some colorful treasures.  The birds were singing and the ground was still muddy from the previous rain.  It was a very nice morning with the camera.  The bird of the day was the Wild Turkey I saw along the road as I was leaving the park – but that Cedar Waxwing was sure a beautiful sight to see.

 

2017 Big Year Photos

August 3, 2017. While taking advantage of the strange cooler morning weather, I walked around the lake while Keith and Christine fished off the dock.

Fishing (not birding) in Saginaw, Texas on June 16, 2017.  Although not a single fish was caught by myself, I did take some photos of the numerous turtles.

 

Birding from California at the Joshua Tree National Park, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Great Smoky Mountains, and Texas again.

 

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Weekend Birding February 11th & 12th 2017

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Red-tailed Hawk

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If you can see the Northern Harrier, in the center of this image – I zoomed in on it on the next picture.

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Norther Harrier.

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Tundra Swan

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Northern Harrier – male

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Northern Harrier – male.

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Any guess on this dove?

2/7/2017 Sauvie Island, Oregon

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This is the dove in the tree for size reference. Found on Rentenaar Road

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I’m calling this a Cooper’s Hawk mainly because of the size that you can’t get a reference for here.

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Firewatcher’s Daughter

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Brandi Carlile’s new album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, was a shock to me.  I don’t think I live under a rock but perhaps I do because I don’t think I’ve ever heard of her before.  So, while working at my desk, I started to snoop around the ITunes store as I normally do.  She just released this album a couple of days ago so it’s on the cover page.  I clicked on it for some reason.  The song titles looked intriguing.  The reviews were phenomenal.  I sampled “Mainstream Kid,” and in two seconds it took me back to 70’s classic rock.  Mean, angry, fast.  Janus Joplin is back – and her pants are on fire.  She has 20 gallons of talent in a brass jar of bees and honey.  Don’t know what I mean?  Listen to that song.  I’ve heard many artists in my nearly 50 years – many of them amazing.  She puts most to shame.  She apparently has several albums – I don’t care, I just want to listen to this one over and over.

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