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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Sunday, September 20, 2015
The bird that's also a Migratory Tourist
The Barn Swallow is on its way back
to South America – after having been in North America all spring and summer!It’s the only bird found here, that’s also been
seen in every single South American country. This cousin of the Purple
Martin winters only as far north as Costa Rica, and as far south as Tierra del
Fuego (almost to Antarctica).
Useless trivia ? Unless
you’re a Killdeer. Newborn Killdeer have all their feathers, unlike most birds.
This is called “precosial” which could help you if you’re ever a contestant on JEOPARDY.(Killdeer are fairly common around here)
OWEN YOST, in addition to
being a blogger, is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and
worked in north Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime
Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society of Texas, and is a member of the
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), International Federation of
Landscape Architects, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His
office is at Yost87@charter.net in Denton.