Looking Up

If there is one thing COVID-19 cannot derail its bird migration. Spring migration is a time where birds travel south to north, from South America or South Texas to Montana, Wisconsin, or even Canada. Some birds stay behind longer than most, allowing me to photograph and record their gifted stay.

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The Botanical Gardens in Grapevine

First day of full sun and wonderful temperatures means tulips! I visited the rather small, secluded, and oh so beautiful Botanical Gardens of Grapevine once before, but it was raining. Not this time! I managed to get the wide angle tulip shot I wanted to capture, flowers, bugs, and bird. All in one day!

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Wintery Birding Wonderland

Today is the day I will be championing my front and backyard. Last year I had traveled far and wide in North Texas in pursuit for bird diversity. Winter has changed my tune. My wife and I set out to reconfigure our front and backyards this past summer hoping to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. I had no idea adding new bird feeders we received for Christmas would make our yard the envy of the entire neighborhood.

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A 30 minute walk…10 minute shoot

I try to walk my normal route everyday at my lunch break no matter the weather, heat, or cold. Consistently counting helps you identify trends in your local area. Why are trends so important? When you are able to predict what is going on in your surroundings you can go out and photograph with better results.

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I came, I saw, I birded

The first week of May usually means peek spring migration. My goal was to observe spring migration this year feeling as if I missed spring migration of 2018 and having had such a fantastic time birding during fall migration last year.

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A Winter Rarity

There isn’t much to see at my house feeders during winter besides the usual Texas suspects — house finches, starlings, cowbirds, and the like. A recent cold front does bring with it a visitor or two. All one has to do is have the wherewithal to get out of bed in the middle of a cold drizzle and drive miles to the middle of nowhere. Last year I decided to have my global big day at Denton Creek as a way to force me to get the lay of the land. I counted twenty-three unique species that day. If the weather were to bring anything special with feathers, Denton Creek is an ideal spot to observe. Denton Creek’s trails are ideal for mountain bikers. When it rains, it’s known for birding. I was up to the task!

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A home away from home

There are two cedar trees in all of Frisco where I have discovered dozens of yellow-rumped warblers. Enclosed in fencing and elevated above a drainage system, this area is prime real estate for avian wildlife showering it up and snacking on cedar berries prior to arrival at their wintery Texas retreat.

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Fall 2018 Yellow Warblers

The first week of fall has not disappointed. I have identified three new warblers along with brand new common birds around my house. What brought them in? Rain. And lots of it! It rained nearly five inches the night before severely flooding most areas around my house. Below is some of the footage.

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