Ring-necked Pheasant fledglings (5) (1024x695)

It’s a Small World

In my wanderings over the past few weeks I’ve come across a few youngsters out exploring their world. They edge further and further from mom as they grow bolder, nervously glancing around, always ready to bolt to maternal safely at the slightest sound or movement. I thought you might enjoy a few photos of the next…

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Black-crowned Night-Heron

The rain in the Panhandle of Texas has slacked off a little over the last few weeks but the playas around the area seem to be getting fuller.  I made the rounds of the local ones a few days ago and was rewarded with these photos of a Black-crowned Night Heron shortly after sunrise, hunting…

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Bewick’s Wren

I saw this Bewick’s Wren at the southwestern end of Lake Meredith in a camping area called McBride Canyon.  Even at it’s fullest, I dont think the lake ever made it this far south, but the Canadian River, when it’s flowing is about a mile from here. Also nearby is the Alibates Flint Quarry, where…

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Catching Up

OK, I admit it, I’m not doing a very good job at keeping this blog up to date.  It’s just that, well, it’s summer, you know. And not just summer, but one of the nicest summers we’ve had in a while.  Summers over the last decade or so have been miserable affairs. They’ve been hot…

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Out of Season

I came across a couple of birds last week that I was surprised to see this late in the year. Both are usually only seen around here in spring and fall.  I love watching birds, whether it’s a House Sparrow or a Red-tailed Hawk, but it’s always a treat to see something you don’t expect.…

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A Few Miscellaneous Photos From Late Spring

I’ve been pretty busy at work the last month or so and haven’t posted much. I have been birding, though and so here are a few photos. The best areas for birding in the last month or so have been the farms and pastures north and south of us. The playa lakes are full and…

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Common Nighthawk

I drove out to Plum Creek this morning after I got off work. Plum Creek is on the west side of Lake Meredith, about 30-35 miles from my house, so I don’t get out there a lot.  It was a nice drive, and after all the rain this spring the pastures and canyons are lush.…

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Photos from Early May

Here’s a few photographs from earlier in May that I haven’t gotten around to posting. May has been an interesting month with lots of rain and much cooler than normal temps.The lake is rising (up to 46.77 today from 26.5 36 months ago) and the countryside is greener than I’ve seen in quite a while.…

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Horned Lark

Here’s another bird from my tours of the farmlands around the northern Texas Panhandle-a Horned Lark.

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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…