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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoos are close relatives of the Greater Roadrunner I posted a week or so ago. I don’t see them around nearly as much as the roadrunners, though.  This one was at Palo Duro Canyon this morning, having a drink at the bird blind.

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Quail

Here’s a couple of shots of quail that are much more common in the panhandle than the Gambel’s Quail I posted last week. These were photographed at Spring Canyon, below the dam at Lake Meredith. Northern Bobwhite Scaled Quail (locally called Blue Quail)

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Last of the Spring Photos

Here’s a few photographs that I haven’t gotten around to posting from the last several weeks. Black-crested Titmouse Blue-winged Teal Canyon Towhee House Finch White-winged Dove Lark Sparrow Least Sandpiper Lesser Yellowlegs Long-billed dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher and Stilt Sandpiper Long-billed dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Blue-winged Teal Northern Mockingbird Pine Siskin Spotted Sandpiper Stilt…

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Gambel’s Quail

Saturday morning as I was getting ready for work, I read the daily email from the eBird listserver about rare bird sightings in Texas and saw that someone had seen a pair of Gambel’s Quail at Palo Duro Canyon, so when I got off work Monday morning I headed south to see if I could get…

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Hiking at Palo Duro Lake

Here’s a few birds I saw while hiking at Palo Duro Lake Last week. Bullock’s Oriole Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Western Kingbird Western Meadowlark Mississippi Kite American Kestrel I drove north from the lake nearly to Oklahoma trying to find the nest of a pair of Bald Eagles I had seen last week when I visited the lake. I…

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American White Pelican

It’s getting pretty late in the year for pelicans in the panhandle, but there are still a dozen or so out at the lake. I photographed these last week. The reddish-brown stains on the feathers are from the very muddy Canadian River that empties into Meredith right near where they are staying. Same for Ring-billed…

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Egrets

In addition to the nesting Clark’s Grebes that I was so excited to see last week while kayaking there was a colony of Cattle Egrets and Snowy Egrets in some salt cedars on the southern shore between Harbor Bay and Alabates.  These birds are pretty common around the panhandle, but that doesn’t detract from their beauty.…

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Clark’s Grebe

What a great day I’ve had! I got up early this morning, loaded the kayak into the truck and got onto the water by about 0700, paddled about 30 minutes and was able to get this shot of a receding storm.That right there (as we say in Texas) was enough to make it a pretty…

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Songbirds

The summer residents have slowly been arriving over the last month or so and I’ve really been enjoying their songs. Here’s a some photos of a few of them. Ash-throated Flycatcher Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Bullock’s Oriole juvenile Yellow-headed Blackbird (not as melodious as his cousin Red-wings) Blue-gray gnatcatcher Painted Bunting