The Moon, The Planets, Orion, And Sirius

Tonight is a beautiful clear sky for stargazing in North Texas. Due to the lights in the Dallas suburb, it is a little bit harder to see a lot of them. But we still can see the waxing crescent Moon, Venus and Mars in the western sky. And the constellation Orion almost is almost above us. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major. It’s very bright in the eastern sky at dusk.

Josey Ranch Lake (2)

Three weeks ago, I was at Josey Ranch Lake for the first time. I was very impressed, how many different water birds were resting at this lake. And I was excited to see the Mute Swans, I haven’t seen for over a decade.

Today, I went back to the lake. This time, it wasn’t as windy as it was several weeks ago. It felt warmer walking around the lake. The birds were more spread out. I also saw a few different birds by the lake. There were some Red-winged blackbirds, American Coots, and American Wigeons. And I met some of my old “friends”, again: Mute Swan, Ring-billed Gulls, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks, Northern Shovelers, and Canada Geese.