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.

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