Virginia Rail (12) (1024x687)

Virginia Rail

I’ve been hearing Virginia Rails at Spring Canyon during migration since I first started Birding over 4 years ago but have never been able to see or photograph one. They aren’t very big and they are very shy. I finally got a glimpse and a few poor quality pictures of one this morning. The sun hadn’t…

Red-bellied Woodpecker (19) (1024x712)

A Few Birds from McBride Canyon

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was at Lake Meredith’s McBride Canyon a few weeks ago. Yellow-rumped Warbler Red-tailed Hawk Curve-billed Thrasher Song Sparrow Say’s Phoebe Rufous-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Snow Geese

Northern Harrier (2) (1024x645)

Catching up

I haven’t posted in a few weeks so I thought I’d catch up with a pretty large photo dump. I’ve been birding quite a lot but for some reason can’t seem to bring myself to do the drudge work of editing and posting. Meredith is up over 64 feet for the first time in nearly…

Rock Wren (155) (1024x686)

Rock Wren

I saw this Rock Wren a few weeks ago while I was hiking down a trail at the south end of Lake Meredith. Wrens, especially Rock Wrens, are among my favorite birds. they are so small and yet they have huge voices. This guy was bobbing up and down on a boulder a few feet…

Northern Flicker (red-shfted) (2) (1024x666)

A Northern Flicker and a Least Sandpiper at Spring Canyon

Northern Flickers are year round birds in this part of the Texas Panhandle. I see more of the yellow-shafted variety in the summer and the red-shafted race in the winter. I’m not sure why. Here’s a red-shafted Northern Flicker at Spring Canyon a few weeks ago. Least Sandpipers are spring and fall migrants. This one…

American Wigeon (1) (1024x653)

Early Fall

The last few weeks have been a little hectic for me and I haven’t been able to go birding as much as I want. It seems that the days that I could get out were dark and dreary days with heavy clouds and lots of rain.  The rain was pretty wide-spread and Meredith certainly benefited…

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Savannah Sparrow

These sparrows really gave me a lot of trouble as I tried to identify them. I thought it might have been a Song Sparrow, but it’s pretty early in the year for them. They could be juvenile Lark Sparrows, but I wasn’t too sure about that, either. Actually the juveniles of several species that are…

White-faced Ibis (28) (1024x674)

White-faced Ibis

I came across these White-faced Ibis the other morning while driving through the farmlands north of Panhandle, Texas. This little playa has nearly dried up, but they seemed to really enjoy rooting through the mud. They certainly have the nose for it. They’re called White-faced Ibis because the adults lores (area lining the base of…

Swainson's Haewk (38) (1024x655)

Swainson’s Hawks

There are so many Swainson’s Hawks in the area right now that I have trouble keeping up with my count when I go out. I’m pretty sure I counted at least 21 this morning around the fields and playas north of Panhandle. There were mostly juveniles, but a few adults as well. It was like…