Written by an area Landscape Architect and birdwatcher with over 30 years of experience with landscaping in north Texas: what works and what doesn't. Emphasis on attracting birds to north Texas yards, and reducing required yard maintenance. Tips, trivia and proven advice for a natural, low-cost approach for this unique and sensitive part of the country.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Part 2, more places around here to see birds
has at least 8 trails that are very ”birdy”. North Lakes Park, North Lakes Park
- south, Avondale/Nette Shulz Park, Cooper Creek Park, Greenbelt Trail, Fred
Moore/Phoenix Park, Southlakes Park, and Cross Timbers Trail. They tend to have
plenty of water and native vegetation for birds. Maps are on the City of Denton’s web site.
Dimension Tract (Carrollton)
"Dimension Tract", new to Carrollton’s park system, is on the south
side of Beltline Road from the main preserve. The Trinity River flows through
it. There is an area of woods and meadow and a large pond. The woods are old
and untouched and contain many large old trees as well as young ones and
River Legacy Park
This is a very
natural park that’s not far away. Here is the URL for directions and so on: http://www.riverlegacy.org/ . Most of
the trails are along the Trinity River, so you get both the riparian AND woodland environments. There are wildflowers
and wildlife, in addition to the birds.
Pilot Knoll Park (Highland Village)
underused park on Lake Lewisville’s far west end, where Hickory Creek flows
into the lake. Much of the bird activity can be seen from the car, including an
abundance of Bluebirds, Warblers and shorebirds. The entrance is offOrchid Hill Ln.
Denton Municipal Landfill
Yes I said
“landfill” but was thinking “dump”. A variety of birds like to forage amid the
garbage. It’s particularly good for gracefully-flying vultures. Plus there’s a
lushly planted buffer strip along Mayhill Rd.
Little Elm Park
Little Elm, it’s a naturalistic park that takes in most of a peninsula jutting
into Lake Lewisville, on the northeast shore.
Prairie Creek Park (Richardson).
This is a relatively
small, easy to walk park. It’s an excellent place to spot our native Texas
birds, plus it attracts seasonally migrating birds as they take a break during
a long flight. The park is between Custer and Collins, north of Campbell Rd.
The actual boundary roads are Prairie Creek East and Prairie Creek West.
Spring Creek Nature Area (Richardson)
A natural park
just off Central Expy. (US75), entered via a parking area on Renner Rd. and
ending at Plano Rd. (although you can walk either direction, of course). In
addition there is a half-mile inner loop trail that’s a little hard to get to,
but well worth it.
Lewisville Lake Park
A 350-acre park near the center of Lewisville - on the southern shore of
Lake Lewisville. Enter at the corner of Lake Park Rd. and Mill Street.
Hickory Creek Parks
The town of Hickory Creek has several small parks on the northern shore
of Lake Lewisville. Two of my favorites are Sycamore Bend Park and Hickory
White Rock Lake
This is a man-made lake (like all but one lake in Texas) but one of the
oldest. Just east of the downtown area, it’s particularly good for water and
shore birds, as well as an excellent waystation for migrating birds.
site because it has a variety of ecological systems - wetlands, forests,
grasslands etc. The 80-acre nature area (administered by Lewisville School
District) has almost 5 miles of trails, and a wide variety of birds