** A slideshow of Choice Photos over the years. **
For contributions to Texas bird image database
My "Most Wanted" photo documentation list: Chihuahuan Raven, Northern Waterthrush, .... see my "Birds Most Wanted" page for more information.
Most Recent Photo-Documented Records
Two Trumpeter Swans were observed in Ellis County. Good photo documentation by Dan Harvey and Greg Cook. The birds were known to vocalize. February 17-19, 2014.
A Black Scoter was recently discovered in Tarrant Co., and photographed by Barbara Tompkins and Ed Wetzel on February 6, 2014.
A Red-necked Grebe was discovered by Thomas Riecke and finally photographed a day later, Christmas Day, 2013, by Kelley Sampeck.
The Dallas Christmas Count, on December 21, 2013, produced all three mergansers and a Long-tailed Duck on White Rock Lake. Seen by multiple observers.
A Broad-billed Hummingbird has been observed for several weeks in Dallas County. It was first documented by Ruth Games on October 27, 2013
A Townsend's Solitaire was documented by Mike Petrick in Collin Co., on October 18, 2013. It's believed to be the first record for Collin County.
A Swallow-tailed Kite and Mississippi Kite were observed flying in close proximity on August 26, 2013, in se Dallas County. Picture by Tom Judd
A Red-necked Grebe, first observed by Chris Runk, has been documented at White Rock Lake (by Darlene Moore), in Dallas County on December 4, 2012.
Betsy Baker and Susan Tiholiz reported a Marsh Wren at the Village Creek Drying Beds on August 26, 2012. This remains the earliest record for this species in the metroplex area.
A Snowy Owl was observed in Rockwall County and finally brought to the attention of a knowledgeable person on February 11, 2012. Within two weeks, it was finally observed by what seems to be half the birders in the state.
A Common Redpoll (or redpolls?) was observed in two locations in Tarrant Co.
A very rare (for the winter season) Clay-colored Sparrow was observed in Tarrant Co., on January 8, and photographed by Cameron O. Carver. There is a second reported observation for the Lewisville Christmas Count (Sheryl Barker) on December 27, 2011.
Chestnut-collared Longspur was documented in Van Zandt Co., by Darlene Moore on January 12, 2012. Coupled with sightings this winter in Dallas Co. in December, this season has been a surprise for sightings of this species this far east.
In general, this fall-winter season was a bit of a boon year for western-type species finding their way into eastern counties. This includes multiple sightings of Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, Chestnut-collared and McCown's longspur, Western Meadowlark, Green-tailed Towhee, Cassin's Sparrow, and at least one sighting each of Sage Sparrow and Brewer's Sparrow.
A rare Dallas County Burrowing Owl was discovered on the TRAC Christmas Bird Count. The bird was photographed by Darlene Moore on January 2, 2012.
A Sage Sparrow and Brewer's Sparrow were photographed in Wilbarger County on December 26, 2011, by Greg Cook. This is the first documented report of a Sage Sparrow in North-central Texas and only the second report of a Brewer's Sparrow.
An unusual Golden Eagle was photographed by Darlene Moore in Throckmorton Co., on November 27, 2011
A Western Grebe was photographed on November 26, 2011 at Joe Pool Lake dam by Ken Nanney.
A rare Reddish Egret was photographed by Ed Wetzel at Lake Lavon, Collin, Co, November 25, 2011.
Several Chestnut-collared Longspurs were observed and photographed by Ken Nanney at Joe Pool Lake dam on November 12, 2011.
A Green-tailed Towhee was photographed on October 7, 2011 in Tarrant Co., by Missy McAllister
A very unusual record of Lark Bunting for Dallas County was recently photographed. This September 10, 2011, record may be due to drought conditions to the west. Photo by Annika Lindqvist.
A very uncommon Bell's Vireo was observed and photographed by Gus Stangeland near Garland, Texas (Dallas Co.) on August 24, 2011
A first June record of White-throated Sparrow was documented by Paula Keeth in downtown Dallas, on June 15, 2011 (and remained through early July). This initial record is the latest recorded date by almost three weeks. An equally unusual Harris's Sparrow was photographed by Michael Matuson in mid-July of the same year.
A first June record of Piping Plover, was observed by Susan Thrower, Ed Wetzel, et. al., on June 25-26, 2010, at Village Creek Drying Beds, Tarrant Co.
A Hooded Merganser with chicks was observed at White Rock Lake by Chris Runk, May 15, 2010. There are very few nesting records of this species for North-central Texas.
Greg Cook and Steve Glover reported several hard-to-see area birds on a birding trip to Throckmorton, Baylor, Wilbarger, and Wichita counties in 2010. Among the sightings were three Mountain Plovers in Throckmorton County. Also seen were Prairie Falcon, Verdin, Chihuahuan Raven, Black-throated Sparrow, and Pyrrhuloxia.
A Little Gull was observed by Chris Runk at the White Rock Lake spillway area on December 9, 2010.
A Harris's Hawk was observed and photographed on Nov. 23, 2009 in Dallas County by Kaustubh Deshpande.
A Western Grebe and a Sprague's Pipit were seen by Chris Runk around WR Lake on November 6, 2009.
Least Grebes have again been documented for North-central Texas during this summer season of 2009. Photo by Laura Bunton.
Two Anhingas mating were photographed at the UT Southwest Medical Center by Daniel Lim - 2009.
A Swainson's Warbler was observed April 13, 2009, at the WR Lake Fish Hatchery by Chris Runk. Dallas County observations of this bird are extremely rare.
A first-winter Mew Gull was seen at the White Rock lake spillway on December 22, 2008, by Bob Stone and Chris Runk.
A Golden-crowned Sparrow was observed and photographed in Tarrant County for several days (October 2008). Photographs are by Bob Stone, Greg Cook and Peter Billingham.
A Masked Duck in Kaufman County, June 14, 2008, - Photo by Bob Stone. This unusual review species is the first record for the area.
We have also had several reports of Least Grebe throughout the summer (2008).
Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, Village Creek, photo by Ken Nanney, May 5, 2008
Download Document 1 and 2 on the Downloads page.