The Birds of Texas During Fall & Winter

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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!!!






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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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I recognize a fellow birder, LOL. We have flocks of bushtits that have showed up outta nowhere this year, flitting about our maple tree and driving the cats crazy. The cats enjoy their own private show from their kitty condos. This is the best time of year, especially for us in Sacramento being under the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds and with trees losing their leaves.

Nov 19, 2016 03:50 AM #1
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Patricia,  I love birds and am fascinated by them. I could watch them for hours and completely lose track of time.  I have a pet Cockatiel ... he brings much joy to my life.  

Nov 19, 2016 06:07 AM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Cardinals and Bluejays are my two favorites. So colorful!

Nov 19, 2016 06:21 AM #3
George Souto
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Patricia we put up a hummingbird feeder for the first time this year and enjoyed seeing them all Summer long.  Watch out for the Blue Jays, they are very aggressive when you get anywhere close to their nests.

Nov 19, 2016 06:35 AM #4
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Patricia Feager Very beautiful post about Texas's birds during Fall & Winter.

Nov 19, 2016 09:30 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
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Patricia, you know your birds!  Enjoyed reading your post, I love the bluejays as well as Cardinals.  I also like woodpeckers :) as we have a lot of these in the spring and summer.

Nov 19, 2016 11:26 AM #6
Roy Kelley
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Thanks for your lesson on Texas birds. And, I do need a few bird lessons.

Nov 20, 2016 04:22 AM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Patricia we love all animals including birds....when we lived in Marina Del Rey, CA we used to see Blue Herons.... what a noisy bunch but fun to get to know.... when we moved to Westchester we have so many birds half we have no idea what they are but they make the morning fun listening to the endless chatter.... we have a bunch of regular Humming Birds whom we feed either through our Bird of Paradise, or through our Citrus Trees and also we have a Humming Bird feeder where I make the nectar and Diane cleans and fills the feeder....Endre

Nov 20, 2016 10:25 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Patricia Feager - what a plethora of birds you have in your area!  And, those darned Carolina Chickadees get into my garage all the time!  They're everywhere but, they're so cute - and very talkative too!  And the Blue Birds are one of my favorites also!  Great write-up on them all - birds are something that I'm grateful for as well!

Nov 20, 2016 01:19 PM #9
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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We now have a bird bath in our garden, and enjoy watching them splashing around in the spring and summer.

Nov 20, 2016 10:55 PM #10
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