Wilson's Phalarope (34) (1024x703)

Wilson’s Phalarope

The playa lakes in the Texas Panhandle are are still gaining water. Here at my house we’ve had nearly 6 total inches of rain in the last 3 weeks. That’s over a quarter of our yearly average. Lake Meredith is up another foot in the same time period and up 20 feet from the lowest…

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Yellow Warbler

I saw a couple of Yellow Warblers at Spring Canyon this morning. I had just gotten off work, it was a little cool and the only jacket I had was a bright yellow safety jacket, not the best color to wear birding, but he didn’t seem to mind. I was able to get pretty close…

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Painted Bunting

I photographed a Painted Bunting earlier this week at Palo Duro Canyon just south of Amarillo, TX.  First one I’ve seen this year.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

Warblers have been migrating through for the last couple of weeks. Yellow-rumped Warblers are the only ones I’ve been able to photograph, but I’ve seen Common Yellowthroats and a Yellow-breasted Chat, and Yellow Warblers as well. There should be a few others that come through as well-I’ve seen Orange-crowned and Wilson’s and even a Palm Warbler…

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Diz

I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s listening to rock and roll. It wasn’t until I was in college that jazz found me and although I still love rock from that time, jazz and blues are my musical passion. Unfortunately, I had nowhere near the talent to perform jazz or blues (or rock for…

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Playas

Earlier this week we had 4 inches of rain fall in about 30 hours and some of the playa lakes in the area that have been dry for over a year finally have a little water in them. It didn’t take the birds long to find them and I was able to get some nice photos,…

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Upland Sandpiper

Occasionally, over the last  4 years that I’ve been birding, I’ve seen reports on eBird of Upland Sandpipers in the northern Texas Panhandle, but I’ve never seen one.  Every time someone reports one I go back though my photos of sandpipers, yellowlegs and other waders and shore birds, just to see if I’ve mis-identified an…

Black-necked Stilt and Blue-winged Teal (2) (1024x742)

Pictures from Spring Canyon

I took a few photos at Spring Canyon this morning-nothing too exciting, not like a Sedge Wren or anything, but some nice photos at any rate.  The weather was overcast and kind of windy, but it is the Texas Panhandle and wind is always expected and we never complain about clouds (well, actually, I do,…

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Lessons in Humility

Every time I think I’m getting pretty good at this birding stuff, someone comes along and takes me down a few pegs. This week it happened twice.  The first was an email from an ebird rep wanting more information on a sighting I had earlier this month.  I reported an American Tree Sparrow and he…