By |2021-02-03T20:19:54-06:00January 31st, 2021|Nature|

Snow! Outside, big flakes of wet snow still falling. At any other time I would be delighted by true winter weather. Snow in Austin is cause for celebration and I am winter-deprived, but now I am just cold.

The Middle of December Brings a Swainson’s Thrush and Changing Color

By |2021-01-07T21:01:53-06:00January 1st, 2021|Nature|

A Swainson’s thrush has been visiting our backyard. These birds typically migrate through in September and October on their way to South America and are seen more often in eastern Texas, so we are lucky to see him. He’s been here a few weeks and seems to like our pond.

The Screech Owl Arrives and Willis Goes to His First Show in Five Years

By |2020-12-13T19:02:23-06:00December 1st, 2020|Nature|

The male screech owl showed up on Halloween, peeking out of the owl box entrance just as it became dark. It’s a relief to finally see him; I have been waiting and wondering when – and if – he would appear. Each evening he pokes his head out about 5 p.m., preparing to take flight and leaving around 6 p.m., soaring over the fence and into the trees.

Doe and Fawn

By |2020-07-30T17:34:11-06:00July 30th, 2020|Nature|

The doe crosses our lawn in the middle of the hot afternoon. Her fawn rushes ahead of her, turning the corner around the fence, suddenly out of view. She stops and waits, staring toward a place we can’t see, then bends her head to the grass.

Fawn Season

By |2020-07-08T16:31:03-06:00July 8th, 2020|Nature|

Each night we walk through the neighborhood searching for does and fawns. The evenings are the best time, walking just as darkness falls when a strong breeze makes it feel cooler than it actually is. This spring we’ve been particularly lucky, beginning with the doe and fawn we saw on May 30.

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