Sticking to the trail

Sticking to the trail

On January 26th, we were scouting for a potential First Wednesday outing. Here’s what we saw! As far as a future First Wednesday trail, it was pretty muddy for the first part. Our shoes had plenty of mud stuck to them. Other parts were more sandy. Regardless the trails will make for a pleasant walk….

Birds!

Birds!

I bet many of you in North Texas watched the birds today out your window. And with the cold, sleet, thunder, and small hail, it certainly was a good day to watch! Sixteen species were seen at my feeder this morning. Additionally, on my walks I had a Red-shouldered Hawk, crows, and Blue Jays. Squabbles!…

Pods

Pods

The word pod has several definitions. A group of people who have limited contact with other people outside their pod, you remember the pandemic right… A seed container that grows on some plants, for example legumes An insect egg case (never heard of that one before) A number of animals clustered together And there are…

The rest

The rest

So most of Friday’s drive-about was in the car. Furthermore, most of time outside the car was at the NCTC campus looking at the Cymopterus. The rest of the things found at the campus and on the roads in Cooke County follow. Indeed it was a nice day for a drive! Scientists Have Discovered a…

Who done it?

Who done it?

Do you know the name Roxie Laybourne? She was an American ornithologist who pioneered forensic ornithology. Her specialty was identifying dead birds from their feathers to learn the types of birds that collided with planes. Laybourne died in 2003 at the age of 92. However fourteen year prior to her passing, she taught Carla Dove…

No photos

No photos

On the last leg of the Dec. 19th outing, we came across two birds. Both were fast and far away. Thus no photos attempted. First one was the American Woodcock! Its whistling wings are characteristic. Second bird was a Brown Creeper. A small bird that only goes up the tree hunting for insects. Indeed cool…

Red cap

Red cap

Dec 19th was not as cold as today and yesterday. However, we still had to bundle up on that outing. Photos from today below. Of course, I had to sit and watch the birds from inside the warm house today. Climate Change Will Result in More Rainbows Glass Frogs Turn Transparent When They Sleep… By…

What do you see?

What do you see?

Pareidolia is the tendency for the perception to impose visually an object, a pattern or meaning when there is none. But maybe there is something there. 😉 Just saying. LOL. All types of plastics now recyclable thanks to two companies Mysterious Patterns Span The Arabian Desert, And We May Finally Know Why Seven of the…

The Hackberry

The Hackberry

The humble Hackberry tree (Celtis) is often called a trash tree. In fact, this is so undeserved. True it is not good for lumber, but wow does it have other great qualities. The Hackberry can live 100-150 years, a great shade tree, and also tolerate air and soil pollutants. Moreover the wildlife love it! These…

The Jackpot

The Jackpot

It was a cloudy and windy start to the morning on the grasslands yesterday. We had no goals except to explore. And we had a time limit as we both needed to get back by early afternoon. Then we saw the robins behind us! Next we picked out the Cedar Waxwings. In fact, we were…

What to do

What to do

What to do on a cold November day? So I had just read Jack Chiles’ Hagerman NWR bird census results for Nov. 15 on Wednesday. Geese are back! Sounded like the don’t-need-to-get-out-of-a-perfertly-warm-car adventure! Jim was game, so off we went. Indeed, I hope all of you found a way to stay warm! Furthermore, you might…

Move

Move

Some days on my outings to the grasslands, I do not rack up many miles. In fact, most of the time I can spend a lot of time in just one spot. So I took a moment to observe it. The bee dove down to gather the pollen hidden in the flower of the Black…