What I DO know is that the number and diversity of birds is remarkable. Part of this is certainly due to the relatively large amount of undeveloped green space in our area:
|Nearby open fields marked with arrows. It may not look like much on a map, but relative to other Clear Lake areas, it's a lot of open land in a relative sense.|
About two days ago, I saw something I've never seen before: I'm about 75% sure I saw a bald eagle flying over Clear Creek at IH-45. It was simply too large to be any other bird of prey.
And this morning again, another new sighting: a Sandhill Crane in one of the fields on the east side of West Walker just north of Victory Lakes Intermediate School. Sandhills winter in Texas and are not uncommon, but this is the first time I've ever seen one in a suburban neighborhood.
|From http://www.wikipedia.org/, which is no longer blacked out today because of the SOPA/PIPA controversy.|
Sandhills are simultaneously well-camoflaged by their muddy greyish color, but hard to miss because of their four-foot-tall stance.