Wouldn’t trust anyone else with my trees! ”- Margaret S.
Steve is fabulous and David & crew were great and hard working. ”- Robert F.
Bird Watch: Keep an eye out for these summer birds.
Trees and local wildlife go hand-in-hand. By caring for and preserving your trees, you’re also helping to preserve healthy habitat for local birds and other wildlife. Here in North Texas, spring and summer are busy birding seasons! Many species of birds are busy building nests in your trees now for offspring that will emerge during summer. We’re always keen to keep an eye on which birds are frequenting the area each season.
Which birds can you expect to see the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Here are a few of the highlights to look for migrating through our area this spring and summer:
Indigo Bunting is a stocky, sparrow-sized bird whose males are known
for having bright blue feathers. They have a loud, bouncy, high pitched
whistle that is easily identified. The females are generally brown with
pale streaks on the breast. Sometimes the female’s wings might be tipped
with blue. Indigo Bunting birds love to forage for seeds and berries in
overgrown patches of brush and sing from very high tree tops.
Western Kingbird: You’ll know this beauty immediately from his yellow
belly, black wing feathers with white edges and soft gray head
feathers. When acting territorial, the male will flash red feathers from
underneath his gray crown. The western Kingbird is among the most
widespread of the North American Kingbirds. Their call is a series of
bubbles, chirps and squeaks.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is found
through much of Texas. Both the males and females sport long, graceful
tail feathers. They have soft gray heads and bellies, with dark gray
wings and a tinge of orange underneath. You’ll find them in isolated
trees (often mesquite trees) waiting for grasshoppers and other insects
to jump so they can swoop down and catch them mid-air. Their chirp is a
series of sharp chirps that rise in pitch as the call goes on.
Dickcissel songbird is a lovely, small, sparrow-like bird. The male has
yellow chest feathers and thin black stripes on the sides of his
throat. The female has pale yellow feathers on her chest and a duller
head pattern. They make the prettiest chirp that sounds like dick, dick,
ciss, ciss, ciss. They are ground foragers so look for them in grassy
Want to attract more beautiful birds to your landscape? Be sure to plant a variety of trees as shelter and berried trees and shrubs for food. Nandina, Yaupon Holly
and other berried plants are both beautiful and great for the local
wildlife. Fill a birdbath with water and place near a window or sitting
area so you can enjoy the show!
Want to see more local birds? Be sure to visit the Trinity River Audubon Center this spring … and plant more trees!