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…

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Bug Hunting

I came across this male Ladder-backed Woodpecker this morning at Lake Meredith’s Cedar Canyon this morning.  He was working on breakfast and didn’t pay much attention to me.   I also saw these Red-winged Blackbirds feasting on seeds.

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Curve-billed Thrasher

I’ve had a Curve-billed Thrasher visiting my yard almost since the day I started birding.  Oddly, it’s the only place I’ve ever seen one, although they are supposed to be fairly common for this area.  I was outside filling the bird feeders this afternoon in anticipation of the cold front we were expecting (it hit…

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Bald Eagles at Palo Duro Lake

I took a drive up to Palo Duro Lake in Hansford County this morning after I got off work.  It’s a nice drive and I get most of the world’s problems solved by the time I get there. Then I get distracted by the birds and forget the details of my world saving plan. Oh,…

Scaled Quail (6) (1024x639)

Scaled Quail

I ran across these Scaled Quail at Fritch Fortress the other morning. Scaled Quail (or Blue Quail as they are called around here) aren’t as common in this area as the Bobwhites are and so I was happy to be able to get a few photos of them.  The morning was very overcast and so…