Did you know that near downtown Dallas, in the middle of a hospital district, there is a somewhat hidden bird rookery? A place where hundreds if not thousands of birds gather to court, choose mates, build nests and raise babies? This year was my first introduction to the Dallas rookery and I'll take you along on my trip. This view is from the top of a parking garage. The great egrets arrive first. On this day there were about 300 of them in full courtship displaying. By a couple of weeks later the count had gone up to 500.
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
UT Southwest Medical Center Rookery