This is my first post since the 19th of February. It’s been a rough 3 weeks with snowstorms, illness, 60 mph winds, and to top it off, lots of overtime at work. I’ve only gotten out the lake to take pictures 2 or 3 times in the last 3 weeks and most of the pictures weren’t all that great or they were of the same old birds. There’s been hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls and Mallards, and Northern Pintails at the lake. I heard some reports of Red-breasted Mergansers out there also, but they were either gone or I don’t have the skill to differentiate them from the Common Mergansers, so I never got any photos of them. I did get a rather poor quality picture of what I think is a Northern Shrike.
I’ve seen Loggerhead Shrikes here before and the difference between them is slight, but based on the narrow mask and more white around the eyes I’m calling this on a Northern. There have been some pretty reputable reports of Northern Shrikes in the area, so it’s possible; could just be wishful thinking on my part.
This Curve-billed Thrasher has been visiting my yard pretty steadily for the last 2 years.
Here’s a Ladder-backed Woodpecker searching for breakfast at Spring Canyon.
Another of the gorgeous Canvasbacks I’ve seen at the lake this winter.
The first Tree Swallow of the spring near the Sanford-Yake boat ramp.
A female Common Goldeneye takes off from one of the smaller ponds at Spring Canyon.
An American Kestrel on Fritch Fortress Road.
A Horned Lark on a stubble field near Panhandle, Texas.
A Killdeer and several Least Sandpipers on a sandbar near Fritch Fortress boat ramp.
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