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  • Texas Naturalist’s Notes by Bill Reiner: Goldfinches and Siskins

    Lesser Goldfinches are the only goldfinches that stay in central Texas year-round.  Unlike the American Goldfinch, a male Lesser keeps his flashy yellow and black plumage year-round.  Females look very much like winter American Goldfinches; however, the yellow wash on the underparts extends under the tail, unlike on most Americans.

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  • Texas Judge Upholds Endangered Species Act Protections for Golden-cheeked Warbler

    AUSTIN, Texas— A federal judge in Austin yesterday ruled that the golden-cheeked warbler should remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Texas songbird is severely threatened by rampant urban sprawl. In affirming the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s denial of a petition to take the golden-cheeked warbler off the

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  • Bird of the Week: Pileated Woodpecker

    With a wingspan of up to two and a half feet, the Pileated Woodpecker is by far the largest woodpecker in Texas. In fact, only the (possibly extinct) Ivory-billed Woodpecker rivals the Pileated for sheer size. Birds this big need equally big trees to live in– Pileated Woodpecker nests are

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