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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

There are lots of birds waiting to be seen in lots of unusual places

1.     Utility line rights-of-way usually cut through wooded, undisturbed land. That  means plenty of nesting sites and protection for birds.

2.  Small streams entice lots of birds. Some are probably so small they don't have a name, and hardly have any water at some times of year.
3.     Sewage treatment plants and settling ponds have lots of good food for birds, and you’ll get used to the smell in about ten minutes.

4.     Urban lakes, ponds and reservoirs are excellent places for shorebirds and waterbirds. Remember, every lake in Texas (except Caddo) is man-made.

5.     Urban harbors and dock areas have lots of birds, especially if the water’s calm and there’s a minimum of boat activity.

6.     Vacant lots and abandoned industrial sites are usually full of birds, largely because of the lack of human activity, and the availability of nesting and roosting sites.

7.     Arboretums and parks are usually good sites, and many have benches and other resting places.

8.     Cemeteries are quiet and restful, often with large, mature trees, which birds love

9.     Roadside rest stops attract birds because of the availability of water, and (almost always) plants have been added to the sites.

10.    Landfills are almost always full of gulls. (notice I didn't say "seagulls" - there is actually no bird by that name)

11.  Farm fields are an excellent source of food, therefore birds.


Edges of rural roads provide good habitat – mice congregate here, so many birds hunt here. You can also stay in your car as you birdwatch.

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