Barnstormers (reprint from June 2012)

next-door nature, urban wildlife, suburban wildlife, barn swallows

. WITNESS astounding tricks of precision flying! THRILL to the sight of daring aerial capers! Come one, come ALL! The FLYING CIRCUS is winging its way to a backyard near YOU!!   Critics are raving about this summer’s must-see event. Word to the wise, though—in addition to a lawn chair you’ll definitely want to bring some binoculars. …

Free-tailed funnel cloud (reprint from June 2011)

 . When Doppler radar first arrived in the area known affectionately to Texans as The Hill Country, local television station meteorologists were understandably eager to show off the weather forecasting capabilities of their newest toy. Unfortunately, they got off to a less than impressive start. Night after night that summer, evening thunderstorms were forecast but …