After lunch with Kevin, the girls and I went for a walk to Josey Ranch Lake. Lots of water fowl has migrated from the northern states, down here to overwinter in North Texas. Katelynn and Sara watched the swans, the geese, the ducks, the pigeons and other birds, while I captured photos of them. The Canada Geese were comfortable enough to eat around us, as long as we didn’t touch them. On the other hand, the American Wigeons, the Northern Shovelers and the American Coots swam as far away from us as they could at the lake. The Mute Swans didn’t care and kept cleaning themselves in the meantime.
After lunch, Katelynn, Sara and I took a walk at Josey Ranch Lake. Two Mallard Duck couples had ducklings. And we had the chance to observe one family a little bit closer. Mr. and Mrs. Duck decided, it was nap time for the offspring and let them rest after a swim on Josey Ranch Lake. Sara couldn’t get enough of their cuteness. See for yourself. 🦆
At this morning, I spent some time at Josey Ranch Lake. It has been almost four months, I visited the park the last time. I noticed, there were a lot less water bird present at the lake and the pond. A couple of swans, some ducks, Canada geese, pigeons, grackles, a yellow-crowned night heron and a few songbirds were there.
Coming back from the pond, I went to the Natural Area next to the Carrollton Public Library. The garden looks beautiful. And who worked on it, did an amazing job. The area is flourishing with wildflowers. It looks like a small patch of the Blackland Prairies. A little bunny took cover under a big sunflower leaf, when it started to drizzle. Resting on a bench, I didn’t care that I got wet. Before I walked back to the lake to get to my car, I had to take this view in being surrounded by beautiful nature.
Sharon K. Shubert, the Author of the poem, got in contact with me and ask me to remove her work. She was credited, but it didn’t matter. Out of respect I deleted it.
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.
Last night, I looked online for a location to find mute swans in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. It guided me to this little gem of nature, hidden behind a senior living center in Carrollton.
When I arrived at the lake, I was excited to see three mute swans swimming on the lake. I haven’t seen one in the wild, since I left Germany 13 years ago. It brought back a lot of childhood memories. I used to walk with my parents on trails along the Main River in Würzburg. We always went with a baggy full of old, cubed bread down to the river. The swans and the Mallards seemed to enjoy the bread. Especially on a cold January day, when the river was frozen over, and the birds had a harder time to find food.
Josey Ranch Lake seems to be the home and migration “Rest Area” for a lot of waterfowl. Next to the swans, I saw ring-billed seagulls, cormorants, Canada geese, and a variety of ducks. They all enjoyed the warmth of the sun at this cool, windy morning.
The park has a bigger lake, a smaller lake and a spillover lake/pond, which are surrounded by concrete trails and clean picnic areas. I spent about an hour at the park. As I mentioned before, it was cool and windy this morning. But I definitely will come back and visit for more wildlife photography in the future.