"Richardson, a suburb of Dallas"
Richardson, Texas, is a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Although Richardson was originally a farming community some 13 miles north of Dallas, by the 1950s, it had become part of the greater Dallas metropolitan area.
Richardson is the home of the Telecom Corridor, a term invited by the local Chamber of Commerce to refer to an area populated by businesses focused on the telecommunications industry. For this reason, Richardson hosts offices for Northern Telecom, Bell Northern Research, and other companies.
"Wildlife in Richardson"
Richardson is definitely the suburbs, but there is still wildlife (i.e., the four footed and winged kind) that passes through here.
Here is a mating pair of hawks in a tree outside my house in the Spring of 2006.
Look at the travelogues for more photos of wildlife literally in my backyard(!)
Nature in Richardson
"Nature in Richardson"
A fellow VTer reminded me that I don't have anything on my Richardson page - arrgh!
So this is a travelogue on the fauna in our backyard, to give you an idea that north central Texas is not just a wasteland. ;-)
Here are a pair of wild ducks who come into the backyard to feed on birdseed - well, actually, only the female does, the male stands watch and quacks if anyone gets too close.
All of the following photos were taken in our backyard.
"The State Bird"
The mockingbird is the state bird of Texas. I am sure it is not because of the bird's size, but rather its attitude. The mockingbird will assault much larger animals in order to defend its young, its favorite bush/feeding place, or even "just because".
It's not uncommon for crows in Richardson to chase hawks and owls, and often the mockingbirds - looking like smaller fighter planes among all the fighter bombers - gleefully join in the chase.
"Birds in the waiting room"
Because we have multiple bird feeders, we get a lot of bird action. Here birds from different species are waiting on the branch of a hackberry tree for us humans to get out of their way!
"A blue heron drops in"
Blue herons are large wading birds that you would normally see in the floodplains of Texas rivers. With their long legs, they can wade in shallow waters, looking for frogs and small fish. Since most of the creeks here in north central Texas also fit the description of "shallow", some birds will wander along the creeks.
This solitary bird has been here a couple of seasons, perhaps looking for that perfect "babe". It is odd to see a heron in a tree...
Of course, all these bird feeders bring out all sorts of animals. The squireels shimmy up the poles to the feeders, and in the process of eating, knock a great deal of seed to the ground. Since many types of birds prefer to eat on the ground rather than from a feeder, this is an ideal arrangement for all concerned.
"Eeek! a mouse!"
One of the creatures that love birdseed are rodents - both rats and mice. Because we live on two creeks, there is no way to keep the critters out...besides, the mice are kind of cute ;-)
Of course, all the birds, squirrels, rats, and mice attract predators. We frequently see hawks, owls, foxes, and coyotes - even here in the city.
Here we have a young hawk hanging out on a tree branch.
"I t'ought I saw a pussycat!"
Being on two creeks means a certain amount of wildlife wanders inside the house. Last summer, lizards kept coming in under the front door (doesn't say much about the weatherstripping, does it?). And mice like to live in the attic.
However, critters who make the mistake of coming inside the house seldom live to regret their mistake... a photo of one of several house cats on duty...