A Hawk, Herons and a Gull

I drove to Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County last week and on the drive up came across this juvenile Swainson’s Hawk. I couldn’t tell what he was dining on but he seemed to be enjoying it. A few days later I was at Bugbee Canyon at Lake Meredith and got these early morning shots…

Osprey

The birding has picked up a bit in the last few days, but I’m still not seeing a lot of birds except when I kayak to the southwest end of the lake. There are quite a few Blue-winged Teal.\, Northern Shovelers, Pied-billed Grebes and the like down in the cattails, but I haven’t been able…

A Few Birds From Last week

I’m starting to see a few birds migrating through, now. Not a lot, but a few. The trade-off is that a lot of the summer birds have already left and I miss them. I haven’t seen any kites for a week or more, same with the buntings and grosbeaks. Time marches relentlessly onward. I went…

Wilson’s Warbler

Birding has been a little slow the last month or so, but it brightened considerably this morning at Palo Duro Canyon. Amidst all the regulars at the blind was this Wilson’s Warbler, a female I think, and she is a cutie.

Birding and Kayaking

Birding has been pretty slow around here for the last month. Well, not exactly slow-there are lots of birds around, it’s just that they are the same birds I’ve photographed and posted dozens times this summer, so I’ve not really been motivated to take a lot of photos. The good news is that the lake…

Mid-summer

Well, it’s a few days past the mid-point of summer and birding has been a bit slow around here. There are still lots of birds around, but it is either too early or too late for migration so I haven’t seen anything different for several weeks. Also, mating season is winding down, so the males…

Misty Morning on the Lake

I took the kayak out onto Meredith yesterday morning and paddled around for a couple of hours. It was cool and there was a little fog and no wind. Here’s a few photos from the lake. The little Clark’s Grebes chicks are nearly grown. I took these photos before the fog had lifted near Martin…

Greater Roadrunner and a Horned Lizard

Once again I have neglected this blog for way too long, and as usual I have no real excuse. I have been doing a lot of birding this summer, nearly daily in fact, with time off on the weekends to go to work. I just haven’t taken a lot of photos. All of what I’m…

Red-headed Woodpecker

I came across some Red-headed Woodpeckers at Cedar Canyon the other day. There was at least 3 and perhaps as many as 5, it was hard to tell as they were flitting around a lot and I was unable to ever see them all at once. This one was kind enough to stop and pose…

Clark’s Grebe and Family

Getting up at 0600 and getting the kayak out of the garage and on the water is probably not every one’s idea a fun time and to be honest, there is a part of me that tries to talk the rest of me into staying in bed. I ignored that part and this is my…