Spring has sprung, although it’s still a bit schizo in Hutchinson County. In the last week we’ve had 96 kph winds, snow, sleet, rain, hail, sunshine, and temps between -4° C and 25°C; a typical spring in the Texas Panhandle. All the birds are in full breeding dress and the males are duking it out for territory and mates.
I was witness to one such battle in one of the smaller ponds at Spring Canyon. These two Lesser Scaup drakes fought for several minutes until one swam off.
This Greater Roadrunner seemed content posing for me
Not everyone was lucky in love, though. this Northern Pintail was all alone at Spring Canyon. There had been hundreds of Northern Pintails on the main lake over the last month, but this was the only one I saw today.
Loneliest of all though was this Wood Duck. It’s not a great photo, but he was pretty far away. This is the first Wood Duck I’ve seen since I began birding nearly two years ago, although eBird and Sibley don’t consider them rare for the area.
More photos in the galleries.