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Map of the Sothewest Medical School Rookery

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updated: Before the rookery was in the little forest that became SW Med School, it was across Harry Hines Boulevard, where some businesses wanted to be instead, so — I'm told — they moved it. Southwestern Medical School hadn't been established then, I think.

 

Aerial Map of Rookery Using Google Map © 2014 Google 

A - Mostly Great Egrets — also Black-crowned Night-Herons, later Snowy Egrets and other species. Egrets are the dominant species at the rookery, so they're pretty much everywhere. It would be difficult to miss them. And they do all their business right out in the open. If you're walking along and notice great gobs of white on the ground, it's probably best to move to an area not covered with fallen scat.
B
- Little Blue Herons used to be sighted between B and C, but they're somewhere less accessible now, and they seem to like it. For now.
C - White Ibises used to nest, but now they don't. They come later in the spring, I think, but I don't know where.
D - A full-pay Elevated Parking Garage on the North East of The Rookery with exterior, open-air stairways that can be easily climbed. We walk to it, then climb to the top, where are low, concrete walls that help stabilize telephoto lenses. Below are, well, of course egrets, but also other species. Used to be Anhingae were the best hiders of the bunch, and I could sometimes tele photo a male standing on the top of a faraway tree there…
E - The top of the higher trees in the middle of The Rookery where are mostly Great Egrets, although other white and dark bird populations will grow later in spring and summer.
D Towards E are several more exotic species, usually at some distance from the composite path. Locate yourself high and close is probably the best way to see and photograph them.
F Offers the shade of that tree, the shade of the basketball court or the comfort of extended, hard seats and backs from which to watch or photograph egrets and other birds flying low or high on this side. Of course, it being a basketball court means lots of yelling and ball bouncings, too.
G - The free (weekends only), five-story Parking Garage just South of the Rookery is my favorite place to over-view the rookery.
H are the Rest Rooms southeast of the basketball court, behind the littlest building, along a sidewalk that angles away and up a slight hill toward Butler Street. Last several times I tried those, the doors were locked, so I don't even try anymore.
J - White Ibis can be sometimes be found here and other places at the rookery — and Anhingas can be sometimes seen in the taller trees back from the edge.

Where The Rookery Is

 ABC Map of the rookery - Photograph Copyright 2015 by J R Compton.com   All Rights Reserved.

Photographed from the top of the five-story parking garage [G] opposite basketball court [C]
   

This is a slight areal view of The Rookery, which Google Maps calls "Bird Sanctuary" near Inwood Road and Harry Hines Boulevard in western Dallas, Texas, USA, south of Love Field Airport. It was taken from the fifth floor of the "Free" garage, where a lot of people park on the lower levels.


Rookery Rules

The main rule is not to enter the woods inside the obvious No Trespassing Signs. Some of us, if we see people sneaking into the interior, will yell for you to get out. Others will call campus police.

We all want to get closer, but inside the path is the bird's home turf, where juvenile and adult birds wander, fly and feed. Leave them alone, and stay on the path. Humans not allowed. Heed the many No Trespassing signs. Most people keep to the outer edges. If you do not, you will likely get yelled at, and there are people in the surrounding buildings who watch the rookery with great care and have the campus police on their speed dial.

Anna Palmer created and posted igns showing the variety of species; and rookery rules are posted on two sides. .

If you have any corrections for this map and/or story or comments, send them to the latest email on my contact page.

The grounds-people keep busy cutting down trees around the outer edges. This and the supply of water have long been at issue. What "looks nice" is not always best for birds, who need habitat as well as protection. Whenever birders complain, groundsmen promise not to cut back any more, then we get lax in our vigilance, and they cut down more trees. I haven't attended the rookery often enough lately to know what's going on.At this rate, I don't know how long it would take to destroy the entire rookery, but it often seems that's some people's goal. The whole area often just stinks.

I have mixed feelings about rescuing injured or sick juveniles pushed out of nests by their parents to favor stronger siblings for the survival of their species. But Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation will help and while you're there, a $20 or more donation will help. They're at 1430 E. Cleveland Rd., Hutchins, TX 75141, just south of the Metroplex off I-45. In summer, there are often bird corpses hanging from the trees.
 

Aerial Map of Rookery Using Google Map © 2014 Google

This is a slight areal view of The Rookery, which Google Maps calls "Bird Sanctuary" near Inwood Road and Harry Hines Blvd. in western Dallas, Texas, USA, south of I-35 (Stemmons Expressway) and Love Field Airport.

ABC Map of the rookery - Photograph Copyright 2015 by J R Compton.com   All Rights Reserved.

Photographed from the top of the five-story parking garage [G] opposite basketball court [C]

Where Things Are at The Rookery

Rookery Rules

The main rule is not to enter the woods inside the obvious No Trespassing Signs. We all want to get closer, but inside the path is the bird's home turf, where juvenile and adult birds wander, fly and feed. Leave them alone, and stay on the path. Humans not allowed. Most people keep to the outer edges. If you do not, you will likely get yelled at, and there are people in the surrounding buildings who watch the rookery with great care and have the campus police on their speed dial.

Signs showing the variety of species and rookery rules are posted on two sides. I'll pos a pic of that here, soon as I get one.

If you have any corrections for this map and/or story or comments, send them to the latest email on the contact page.

Last time we visited, it looked like the grounds-people had been busy cutting down trees around the outer edges. This and the supply of water have long been at issue. What "looks nice" is not always best for birds, who need  habitat as well as protection. Whenever birders complain, groundsmen promise not to cut back any more, then we get lax in our vigilance, and they cut down more trees. At this rate, I don't know how long it would take to destroy the entire rookery, but it often seems that's some people's goal.
 

I have mixed feelings about rescuing injured or sick juveniles pushed out of nests by their parents to favor stronger siblings for the survival of their species. But Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation will help and while you're there, a donation will help. They're at 1430 E. Cleveland Rd., Hutchins, TX 75141, just south of the Metroplex off I-45. In summer, there are often corpses hanging from the trees.

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All text and photographs Copyright 2015 through now by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction in any medium without specific written permission from and payment to the writer or photographer. I am an amateur. I've only been birding since 2006, and most of it is documented in this Journal. I've been photographing professionally and semi-professionally yet always amateurishly since 1964.