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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Winter bird arrives in north Texas. Early bird?

White-throated Sparrow
A sharp-eyed reader saw the first White-throated Sparrow of this season. There are actually several species of these native sparrows such as the Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow etc. They are all here in north Texas only during cooler weather - migrating here from Canada. The aggressive, pesky bird we informally call a sparrow (House Sparrow) is in another genus entirely.



Green Heron

Great Blue Heron


Many Herons seen around here migrate to warmer weather as cold weather approaches, but not all of them. Some stay around north Texas since our winter weather isn't very severe. Which means they can hunt fish whenever the water surface isn't frozen solid. If it does freeze, they'll hunt in nearby fields and yards for rodents and whatever else they can find to eat.

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