July Endings, 2007


The end of July pretty much marks the close to the nesting season in the Big Country. The Dickcissels (above) and Mourning Doves were seen this morning still on the nest or tending young. But the Swainson’s Hawk at Dyess AFB has fledged; the Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are clumped together in family groups now; and a few fall migrants are pushing through. The influx of hummingbirds at our feeders this month is also an indication of changing populations. So just as you thought nothing new was happening with our birds, think again. Better yet, take a look at the July Endings Gallery; you’ll see some of our birds I’ve encountered in July and maybe learn something new. Have you ever seen a newly hatched Killdeer?