My First Dickcissel

When I heard a distant bird song about 500 yards away, I knew immediately I never heard it before. The sound I was hearing I later learned was a distinct dick-dick-ceessa-ceessa. The bird kept repeating its song over and over on a moderately cool morning in the Rolling Plains of Foard County. My eyes followed…

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Inspiration of a Bluebird

“When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.” – John Burroughs   Photograph – © Christena Stephens

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Do Turkey Vultures Take a Bath?

In the over 179,000 photos I’ve captured so far during my ongoing wildlife study at 3RF, a few remarkable photos caught my eye from September 2017 which I’ve never seen before. A turkey vulture was photographed walking into the Beaver Pond and taking a bath along the water’s edge. After some research, I learned after…

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Backyard Visitor

It’s not often you walk into your backyard and see a Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  sitting on your fence. At first, I thought it was injured. Thank goodness it wasn’t. Azrael, my shepherd scared him away after she noticed him. These year-round residents of Texas are skillful fliers and are becoming more frequent visitors in…

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