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    Default Local birds/birding Dallas/Ft. Worth

    I'm new to this area (live in Mississippi), so I wanted to post recent sightings in the local area.

    Saturday, 11 Feb 2012:

    Arlington: River Legacy Park: Lincoln's Sparrow (1), White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee (2), Harris's Sparrow (6), Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow (8+), Lark Sparrow (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Carolina Chickadee, Black Vulture, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Common Flicker, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-tailed Hawk – juv., dark intermediate (dark rufous) morph, "Western", Buteo jamicensis calurus.
    Highlights: Spotted Towhee, Lark Sparrow, "Western" Red-tailed Hawk.

    Village Creek Drying Beds:
    Bonaparte's Gull (26), Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Bufflehead, American Coot, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Ruddy Duck, Least Sandpiper (3), American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Killdeer, Red-tailed Hawk (8), Northern Harrier, Turkey Vulture, American Crow, Blue-winged Teal (1) male; American Kestrel, Spotted Sandpiper (1), Eastern Phoebe, Ringed-necked Duck, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, Meadowlark (E or W?, no vocalizations).
    Highlight: Spotted Sandpiper.
    Also enjoyed meeting local birders Earl and Colby Ayers.

    Landfill north of River Legacy Park: Found dry access to look at thousands of Ring-billed Gull on a mudflat and on water east of bridge.

    Sunday, 12 Feb. 2012:
    End of Western Oaks Road: Redhead (~ 24), Canvasback (~ 10), Scaup sp. (looked like Greater but they did not stretch wings and they were too far to be certain otherwise), Pied-billed Grebe (1), Turkey Vulture, Great Egret, Northern Mockingbird, Blue Jay, Rufous-crowned Sparrow (1) – Adult, briefly sphished, bird popped up out of a shrub about 100 yards due west along a barbed wire fence straight back from the end of the road where you can go no further and must park. Good looks from about 20 feet away.
    Highlights: Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Redhead.
    Winscott-Plover Road (Benbrook): Red-tailed Hawk. This area must have been developed a lot since the characterization that I read said it was a very good road for raptors. Disappointing. Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) is in full bloom along this road.

    Arlington: River Legacy Park: Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Flicker (10), Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Hermit Thrush (2), Tufted Titmouse, Spotted Towhee (1), Blue Jay, Eastern Phoebe, American Crow, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Robin, Double-crested Cormorant.

    Village Creek Drying Beds: Many of the same birds as Saturday, lots of Meadowlark (are most of these Western? – very pale), Greater Yellowlegs.

    Philip

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    Welcome to the area! There's lots of great birding around here. Looks like you've gotten off to a good start!!

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    Philip, Welcome to DFW! Hope to see you at meetings and fieldtrips.

    And, yes Western Oaks has been WAY developed unfortunately. But still see woodcock from the road in February. Always surprises me too.

    Just watch out for the trucks. They'll run you down and not blink.

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