Hansford County

I took a drive north of my house last week and ended up at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County. Heres a few of the birds I saw on the trip. Ring-necked Pheasant Loggerhead Shrike Eastern Bluebird. There was several Easterns and Mountain Bluebirds there and this one kinda of confused me, it’s so drab.…

Townsend’s Solitaire

I went birding in Hansford County in the northern Texas Panhandle last week and came across this Townsend’s Solitaire eating berries in the park below the Palo Duro Reservoir dam.

More Palo Duro Canyon Birds

Here’s a few more photos from last week’s Palo Duro Canyon trip. Nothing unusual, but I even get excited seeing the regulars. White-crowned Sparrow Golden Fronted Woodpecker Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow American Goldfinch Spotted Towhee This House Finch has a more orangish hue than red, not sure why this color variation occurs. This is the first…

Birding from a Kayak

I didn’t let winter stop me from kayaking this year-I bought some cold water gear and have been getting out pretty regularly. It helps that it has been a pretty mild winter. Here’s a few pictures from a paddle last week. Green-winged Teal Great Blue Heron American Coot Northern Pintail Me in my cold water…

Birding Spring Canyon

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area’s Spring Canyon is one of my favorite places to take photos. The morning light is excellent and it is protected from the southwest winds by the dam.  There are several ponds and wetlands and all are fairly easily accessed. Here are a few photographs from earlier this week. Killdeer American…

Eared Grebe

Here’s a few photos of an Eared Grebe fishing for breakfast at Spring Canyon a few days ago. The first day I saw it was very rainy and windy and the pictures didn’t turn out, but I went back the next morning and it was still there and I was able to get several nice…

Mountain Bluebird

These Mountain Bluebirds were twittering and preening in an old cottonwood tree at Lake Meredith’s McBride Canyon last week. I came across during an early morning hike. The shadows arond the trees were difficult, so the pictures aren’t all that great, but I only see Mountain Bluebirds a few times a year and didn’t want…

Watering Hole

A few more pictures from Palo Duro Canyon in Randall County, Texas. I spend a lot of time here hiking and photographing birds. The park rangers at PDC have set up a blind and feeder station in the canyon and it has a water feature that the birds love. Brown Thrasher House Finch Pine Siskin…

Hermit Thrush

More pictures from Palo Duro Canyon. This is a Hermit Thrush, a close relative of the American Robin. Hermit Thrush American Robin