Fierce winds

2008 December 16
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — It’s about 25 degrees this morning, and a light layer of ice coats some of the surfaces outside. It was almost as cold yesterday when I stopped by Joe Pool Lake over lunch and found my first Dallas County loon actively feeding in the lake. Between the bird’s frequent dives and the savage north wind whipping over the water, I didn’t get super looks at the bird, but it was nice to finally pick up a species that I’ve always thought should occur on the lake but I haven’t found before.


On Saturday, things were rather different. With temperatures in the 60s, winds roared out of the south at up to 40 miles an hour, making walking difficult, not to mention birding. But Tank and I braved the wind on a joint birding-geocaching expedition through Cooke, Montague, and Wise counties northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth. That’s Tank with her Cadillac and sporting a Birdstack shirt — birding in style!


Near sunset, we got great looks at a Le Conte’s Sparrow, which perched a few inches off the ground and gave a very high-pitched call note. Other Le Conte’s answered it from the grasses. Other good birds were a Bald Eagle (on the Oklahoma side of the Red River), a roadrunner, and a Hairy Woodpecker, which I did not expect to get so far west on the Texas plains.

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4 Responses
  1. December 16, 2008

    Same weather here. If you are out birding in this weather you definitely deserve some kind of birding award. Ouch! Walking to the car should not hurt this badly.

  2. December 16, 2008

    Hi, Tank!

  3. david permalink*
    December 17, 2008

    @TR: Yeah, this is cold, but I’ve birded in single-digit weather. And somebody like Clare probably thinks I’m a whiner for even mentioning temps that warm! :)

    @thainamu: Hey, how do you know Tank?

  4. December 17, 2008

    Hi, thainamu! Well, we’ve never actually met, but we’ve been frequenting the same internet areas for what seems to be many years.

    I do indeed like by Birdstack shirt!! Thanks mom!

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