We had an ice storm, then on Sunday the sun came out. The grass lining Duck Creek was crawling with little spiders that came out to warm up.
Observed in the parking lot of the Richardson Municipal Court. The Fox Squirrel doesn’t realize it, but there is a recently fledge Red-tailed Hawk sitting atop the light post in these pictures.
This Eastern Cottontail was photographed near our neighborhood Beaver pond. He was doing what rabbits typically do late in the afternoon---he was eating grass.
An Eastern Cottontail photographed early in the morning at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Plano, Texas.
Perhaps Spanish Iris (Iris xiphium). Confirmation is appreciated. Must have escaped from cultivation, but it was probably a half mile from the nearest homes.
A White-winged Dove collecting nesting materials.
This resourceful rodent has built his pond right in the middle of bustling business park in Garland, Texas.
The Beaver’s activities caused problems by plugging a drain pipe which was designed to accommodate the overflow of a small pond a few hundred yards/meters to the east. With the plug in place, a new pond formed in a location that would threaten nearby businesses if it continued to grow.
Evidently, and to their credit, the businesses in the area did not attempt to exterminate the Beaver. Instead they installed a metal mesh cage around the drain pipe in order to prevent the beaver from stopping it up again.
From the looks of things this effort was successful to a degree, but the Beaver is doing his darnedest to circumvent it. The mud packed around this metal cage was placed there by the Beaver. It is a perfectly square Beaver dam. The dam and the water level are high enough now that the busy little guy can insert material over the top of the cage. The Beaver will soon have this drain plugged again. Like I said, he is resourceful.
Raccoon tracks stamped into the concrete trail at Spring Creek Natural Area.
Coyote with mange observed on the ground of a Richardson church.
Mating Coyotes captured on Trail Camera.
You cannot be too cautious when you are an urban Coyote!
Twospotted Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae)
Coyote pup photographed near its den. The pup is curious about the trail camera and is seen to investigate it thoroughly later in the set.
Coyotes answering an emergency vehicle's siren in Garland, Texas
Large Tolype Moth
Roadkill Bobcat in Richardson, Texas.
Common on trunks of crape myrtle