Nature at Bear Creek Park

Walkers, joggers, bikers, and just those who want to play on the playgrounds probably know of Bear Creek Park in Keller, Texas. The park hugs a sparkling residential community of high-income homes whose inhabitants are quite naturally astute. I have run into biologists, birders, and naturalists interested in the park, prompting me to always bring along business cards advertising my website – a polite statement that I would love to carry on a conversation about nature but must run as I am actually occupied documenting it.

I’d have to make my visit today count as its supposed to rain in the DFW area for the next week. Ancient oak trees adorn Bear Creek Park creating sanctuary and shade to all in need. Lucious pink and white blooms indicate Spring has indeed sprung. Come Spring, North Texas woods of shrub, cedar, and oak are my absolute favorite to experience, yet so difficult to photograph due to everyone’s familiarity. Everyone loves a Cherry blossom, but give me a Redbud any day of the week.

Redbud Tree
Redbud Tree
Redbud Tree

Birding at Bear Creek Park was amazing. I photographed the usual suspects of Blue Jays, Cardinals, and Eastern Phoebes.

Cardinal
Cardinal
Blue Jay
Eastern Phoebe
Downy Woodpecker

I even encountered an Orange-crowned Warbler who looked a bit roughed up.

Orange-crowned Warbler

I had a few surprises though. Remember when I was talking about committing to a certain kind of lens and point of view? Well I was about to bust out my macro lens to capture beautiful tree blooms when a familiar, colorful duck caught my eye. Imagine my surprise when not one but two wood ducks, a male and female, navigated into view.

Male Wood Duck
Wood Duck (male and female)

I stumbled upon plenty of Goldfinches, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Mockingbirds walking deeper into the woods. I could hear blue-headed Vireos singing up high. I photographed one last week at the Botanic Park in Grapevine if you have yet to spot your own.

American Goldfinch
Female Red-winged Blackbird
Mockingbird
Golden-crowned Kinglet

One can take a path to a lovely little pond with signage guarding the entrance. The thing about the park which I, a non-resident, am confused about are the private property signs at a certain point along the trails. The signs reference Private Property yet invites guests at the same time. Pretty darn confusing for those wanting to play by the rules. Regardless, I couldn’t get too close in fear of disturbing the Teals, Scaups, Shovelers, Egrets, Geese, and Cormorants swimming in the pond. Jealousy crept in. I hope the residents nearby realize what they have out here.

Cormorants
Canada geese
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Domesticated Duck

You don’t have to be a birder or naturalist type to appreciate the natural diversity. I ran into several who seemed interested in nature just not knowing where to start. A North American bird guide and binoculars for those who frequent the park can go a long way. Going is the most important part. Especially today because of Coronavirus: you can surround yourself with several species of critters and still abide social distancing policies.

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