Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Day At The Old Fish Hatchery in Dallas

I spent this past weekend in Dallas, TX on a business trip with my wife. We had a great time (she had to work) and I had some time to spend and decided to do some bird watching on Saturday.

I had been to White Rock Lake before on my last trip to Dallas. I had seen a few birds on the lake but nothing to 'blog' about on that trip. This time I picked up a tip from Ron at Wild Birds Unlimited. He told me about the Old Fish Hatchery out by White Rock Lake.

The Old Fish Hatchery was established in 1930 to help seed the lake with fish after it was constructed. It has obviously been abandoned over the years. Over the years, it has become a refuge for many forms of wildlife and a haven for birds.

I added several birds to my life list. The Yellow Rumped Warbler was one of the birds I saw and the most exciting for me. It winters in the southern states and is still around. I was surprised to see this bird, really any new birds were a plus for me.

The Yellow Rumped Warbler is divided into two subspecies. The eastern form is the Myrtle Warbler and the Western form is the Audubon's Warbler. The Myrtle Warbler has a white throat and a white eyebrow (as seen above and below). The Audubon's Warbler has yellow throat.

The pic below is from a distance by I included it to show the yellow 'rump'. If you are ever in Dallas, take time to spend a few hours at White Rock Lake!

Good Birding and God Bless!


Aunt "B's" Backyard said...

Sounds like it was a worthwhile trip for you. The little yellow rump is a sweet bird to get.

Larry said...

Congratulations on your new lifers! It's always exciting to see new species-especially if you find them yourself.

Moe said...

Great find! Congrats on the lifer!

J. Karl Clampit said...

'b', I really enjoyed the trip, loved seeing the yellow rump!

Larry, I was really glad to find my new lifer.

Moe, Thanks for the comment and for visiting!


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