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Palo Duro Canyon in February

I hadn’t been out of Hutchinson Co. much this year-a couple of trips to McBride Canyon in Potter Co. and one to Palo Duro Reservoir up in Hansford Co, and I was getting a bit bored seeing the same old places and birds, so I took a trip down to Randall County’s Palo Duro Canyon…

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpeckers are one of the most common year-round woodpeckers in this area (Northern Flickers are another very common species, especially in the winter.)  I see at least one nearly every time I go birding. They are small black and white striped birds that are very quick as they search for insects among the mesquites…

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Red-tailed Hawk Flyby

I’v been terribly lazy about posting for the last month. I can think of excuses–weather, work, lack of photo ops, and more except I’m too lazy to work on it.  I have been birding, although work and weather have curtailed the outings some.  This has been a very underwhelming winter, bird-wise  so far this year.…

American Coot (9)

American Coots

We had clouds, rain and snow all day today, but yesterday started out pretty nice and I went out to Spring Canyon again and took a few more pictures. BTW, this is my 200th post. American Coots are very odd birds with their black feathers, white bills, red eyes, and huge feet with lobed toes.…

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Bright, Sunshiny Day

Finally, the sun is out on a day that I’m off work, not exhausted, and have no pressing personal obligations.  There have been very few sunny days for the last month. Mostly they’ve been so depressingly dark and colorless that I could barely make myself crawl out of bed.  I did go birding on a…

Common Loon (19)

Just My Luck

There was a loon on the large pond at Spring Canyon for a couple of weeks at the end of November.  I took several photos of it over several outings to the canyon but never posted any because they just weren’t all that good.  As a matter of fact, I’ve not taken any really good…

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In the Morning When I Rise

I love being out at the lake early in the morning before anyone else gets out there.  I wish my photos did justice to the beauty of these frosty mornings. Bufflehead Western Meadowlark American Coot Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)

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Cottontops

There’s been a covey of Scaled Quail at Fritch Fortress this fall.  I’ve crossed them several times near the amphitheater and unlike the last few times when the weather was very cloudy, this time the light was perfect.  They were foraging along the edge of the cliff and  I was able to get some very nice…