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Saturday, February 18, 2012

"That hawk doesn't look tired to me"

Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk

Spring migration is underway. So Swainson's Hawks will be here soon, arriving from their annual migration. Thousands and thousands of hawks of all species, from all over North America, have spent the winter in a small area in northern Argentina that's about the size of Arizona. That means a round-trip migration of around 12,000 miles.

A reader reported that a flock of Pelicans has settled in at the Southlake Park Lake, near McMath Middle School. Nobody can remember them landing in Denton before, although flocks have been seen on Lake Lewisville in the past.

These are the species "White Pelicans", not the Brown Pelicans that dive underwater for food. White Pelicans, as they swim, strain the water with their large bills, catching fish. Several of them will swim in a line or an arc to trap small fish.

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