Burrowing Owl (13) (1024x686)

Burrowing Owl

I took another tour of the farmlands and playas yesterday.  The wheat fields are looking great, some are starting to ripen a bit even, and the pastures are thick and green.  There are playas everywhere. There are also mosquitoes everywhere so all the swallows and flycatchers (and the mosquitoes) are in a feeding frenzy.  Even…

Dickcissel (23) (1024x740)

Dickcissel

It’s raining here in the Panhandle again today. I went out to Spring Canyon this morning and saw a few birds, but it was too wet and dark to take any pictures, so here’s a few photographs of a Dickcissel I saw near the playa I visited yesterday.

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…

Yellow Warbler (35) (1024x661)

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.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (10) (1024x733)

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…

Bullock's Oriole (71) (1024x680)

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…

Blue-winged Teal (15) (1024x719)

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,…