The Birder’s Eye View

DFW-area bird watchers face challenges to spot specific species.

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The early morning light illuminates the field just enough, as our heroes scan the horizon for the first birds of the day. (Left to right: Greg Cook, Susan Thrower and Steve Glover)
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Susan Thrower and Steve Glover lead the way down the River Legacy trail, the first stop in the Fort Worth Audubon Society’s Scavenger Hunt.
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Two juvenile Western Kingbirds watching the bird watchers.
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The juvenile Western Kingbird lets the birders get close before flying away.
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Glover uses the scope to scan the wetlands north of the trail at River Legacy in the early morning light.
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Thrower tallies the score and checks to see what is left of the must have birds.
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The Swainson's Hawk nests in the US and Canadian prairies in the summer and winters in southern South America.
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Cook and Thrower use the tools of their trade to spot some birds in the distance at Benbrook Lake.
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A Great Egret at the Village Creek Drying Beds. The drying beds are a an inactive solid waste treatment that many wetland birds make their home.
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Some Great Egrets at the Village Creek Drying Beds.
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A little Blue Heron looks for breakfast at the drying beds.
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Every birder recieves a pair of binoculars at the begining of the scavenger hunt, but the scope is an aiming device that helps birders spot their target quickly.
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The team stands on the dirt road that crosses the southern county line, trying to shield the sun enough to identify a bird fling overhead.
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A pair of juvenile European Starlings sit near one of the ponds at the Village Creek Drying Beds.
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A juvenile Red-winged Blackbird calls out from the tall grass at the drying beds.
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A Mallard family in one of the ponds at the Village Creek Drying Beds.
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Thrower and Cook look and listen for a Red-shouldered Hawk outside Cook's apartment where he often hears them.
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A Yellow Crowned Night Heron trying not to be spotted in the shadows.
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Though sometimes considered an agricultural pest, some homeowners have let a family of Monk Parrots nest near their home for a long time.
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The Monk Parakeet's next is made up of sticks and twigs foraged from the surrounding area
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A group of Red-Winged Black Birds rest in the trees at the drying beds.
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A group of Red Winged Black Birds fly across the pond at the drying beds.
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The tension builds as the scavenger hunt nears its end, and Cook's team is still missing one of the must have birds.
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The best way to spot birders is by their car -- all doors left open in the frenzy of exiting the vehicle, Cook said.
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