You expect to spot large birds near lakes, creeks, and ponds. It’s always a shock to turn a corner and find a muster of brightly colored peacocks crossing a street in a residential neighborhood, such as the area near South Cooper Street and Hardisty Drive in Arlington; the campus of the Greenhill School; the grounds of White Rock Stables off Goforth Road at Lanshine Drive; and the Beckley Club Estates neighborhood in Oak Cliff.
White Rock Lake is usually the go-to spot to find neon-green monk parakeets that nest in the electrical substation between the dam and the bike trail, near West Lawther Drive and White Rock Road. But find almost any substation in the area and chances are good you’ll find the wires covered with nests and gregarious green birds. Several sure spots: Jubilee Trail at Marsh Lane; Plano Road and Arapaho Road; the Katy Trail, just south of Knox Street.
Chinese Swan Geese
Anyone who has attempted to picnic on Lakeside Drive between Beverly Drive and Fitzhugh Avenue in Highland Park has most likely been pecked by the alpha orange-beaked Chinese swan goose that leads his flock across the streets at a leisurely pace. Maybe it would be better to do a slow drive-by instead.