Texas is huge and this post pertains to the birds I've seen living in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Blue Jays are here year-round but I see them mostly in Winter. Their large size makes them easily identifiable when leaves are gone from the trees. I see them often after the Red Cardinal leave. Blue Jays are common scavengers and make loud noises. The Northern Mocking Bird is the State Bird. Their song and sounds are unforgettable!
This year I had the good fortune of having hummingbirds in my garden both Spring & Summer; however, they seemed to vanish late September. Of course, they might have been here but I was gone for most of October. In very early spring I have seen Blue Birds - they are an incredible sight and sound like angels in the branches! I see the Robins in late winter and early spring but if they stick around in summer, I can't say I've ever seen them. I'm partial to the Red Robin because of my roots coming from Chicago. On very rare occasions I'll see a Painted Bunting! I consider that good luck!
I have recorded Carolina Chickadees as early as January 8th in years since 2001. They get along well with the Titmouse who seems to follow after the Chickadees are full. I love the sound of the Carolina Chickadee and occasionally one or two will fly into my house if the door is open. They are not easy to get out but I've never had one die inside. I love them so much! Occasionally I am surprised to see the Purple Finch and yellow finches too. They are such a sweet treat! Sparrows - I don't see them enough. Junco visits in winter but it depends on the weather.
Summer/Fall brings in the black Ravens - they have a lot to squawk about. Turkey Vultures and hawks prey on rabbits. Why on earth Edgar Allen Poe was inspired by the Raven, I'll never know. Crows are common in pastures and farmland. I get a thrill out of Barn Swallows and Scissor Tails too! Those tails are amazing as they soar through the air. The Common Grackle will make you laugh because they sing and make noises in the night branches. They hang around shopping malls too.
Egrets hang around cattle and cows. Herons love ponds as much as me. Cattle Egrets always seems to fascinate me. They make constant companions to large cattle and Long Horns. They are self-sufficient birds, unlike songbirds who love bird feeders. Providing them with food and water is a huge responsibility but people who do it reap large rewards. It's time for Texans in North Dallas to start thinking about providing seed for winter and don't forget the suet!!!