Sleeping Carolina Wren

Barn swallows built a nest two years ago on top of a wooden black bat, as in the mammal on our patio. We’ve left the nest alone. The nest has always remained just a swallow nest – until the last few days. Down feathers and other items kept appearing along the edges of this nest, as…

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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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Spotting a Red-tailed Hawk Nest

In March 2016 I noticed a large nest high in a hackberry tree at Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus. At that time I could only speculate on the bird it might belong to. Along came April. The trees had erupted in green, camouflaging any signs of a nest. I almost forgot to stop the Gator to…

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Photo Journal of Great Horned Owl – Part Two

Just last week I photographed a great horned owl at the Nazareth cemetery and I briefly mentioned the ever-present, but mysterious great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Muleshoe, Texas. Earlier this week this owl became elusive no more to my camera. My friend, Ginny and I have known…

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