Nestled on the western border of Plano is a scenic two hundred-acre park known as the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.
It features three distinctive ecoregions that are home to colorful wildflowers as well as an array of bird species such as:
Known as North America's littlest falcon, American kestrels are about the size of a mourning dove and feature rusty spotted feathers and a black band near the tip of their tail. These birds are gracefully buoyant while in the air, and when perched, they often pump their tail as if trying to balance. Listen to their "klee" or "killy" calls that last just over a second.
Scissor-tailed flycatchers are gray and salmon colored birds that have an incredibly long tail. They are agile in the air and generally perch in the open making them easy to spot. In the late summer and early fall, these birds gather in large, noisy flocks, to migrate to Mexico and Central America.
Killdeers are slender birds with a long, pointed tail and long wings. They display brownish-tan feathers above and white ones below, and their bright orange rump is conspicuous in flight. They are one of the least water-associated of all shorebirds and are often seen walking or running on the ground.
Great Blue Heron
Great blue herons are large wading birds found throughout North America. They're identified by their long bill and bluish-gray feathers, and when in flight, they curl their neck into a tight "S" shape. Great blue herons usually nest in colonies, and make a "roh-roh-roh" call.
The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is just one of the outdoor attractions near our apartments in Sachse. If you are looking for a place to call home, please contact our friendly representatives. We would love to show you our community firsthand.