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, August 13, 2014
There are lots of birds waiting to be seen in lots of unusual places
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.
treatment plants and settling ponds have lots of good food for birds, and
you’ll get used to the smell in about ten minutes.
lakes, ponds and reservoirs are excellent places for shorebirds and waterbirds.
Remember, every lake in Texas (except Caddo) is man-made.
harbors and dock areas have lots of birds, especially if the water’s calm and
there’s a minimum of boat activity.
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
and parks are usually good sites, and many have benches and other resting
are quiet and restful, often with large, mature trees, which birds love
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.
of rural roads provide good habitat – mice congregate here, so many birds hunt
here. You can also stay in your car as you birdwatch.