All last week I thought I had to work today but a last second reprieve (thanks, Rochelle) found me out at the lake this morning on one of those panhandle rarities, a windless day. I took full advantage of it and walked several miles, the first good walk I’ve had since last fall. I spent the winter birding from the warm cab of my truck and so getting out in the thick of it was a pleasure. There aren’t many waterfowl around now except for Blue-winged Teal, American Coots and an few Northern Shovelers. One of the smaller ponds at Spring Canyon still has a couple of Buffleheads, a Mallard pair and several Lesser Scaups in it and the large pond has a couple of Eared and Pied-billed Grebes, but that’s about it.
Lots of songbirds and shorebirds around, though. Here’s a few photos of them.
A red-tailed Hawk. you can’t see it in this photo but he just grabbed breakfast, some sort of small rodent. If I was a better photographer, I’d have a pic of the kill. I saw him catch it but was way too slow with the camera.
As I publish this post it is raining lightly in my yard. I’m going to go stand out in it.