I saw a juvenile Peregrine Falcon earlier this week at the lake. It’s a first for me.
Swainson’s Hawk. I can’t wait until the corn and milo harvest. The combines clear the fields and disturb the mice and voles and Swainson’s and Red-tailed Hawks follow the combines and feast.
Cattle Egret. 60 or more of these birds at the playa near Dumas.
White-faced Ibis. 80-100 on the same playa near Dumas.
Greater Roadrunner. There have been lots of these around for the last few weeks. I rarely go out with out seeing one and there has been a group of 7 at Fritch Fortress
Canada Goose. This is half of a pair that have spent the summer at Spring Canyon. I think they’ve hung around because this one is injured. The wing looks better than it has; the feathers have grown back, but it still being held at a strange angle. Took this early one morning just as the sun was rising.
Ring-billed Gull. These birds are starting to gather at Meredith-there’s about a dozen out there now. There will be hundreds of them this winter.
This Western Diamondback Rattlesnake was at Fritch Fortress, warming himself on the boat ramp. I thought at first he was dead, he wasn’t even flicking his tongue. I watched him for about 5 minutes and he suddenly turned tail and crawled off.
My son and I went up to Palo Duro Reservoir north of Spearman last week and he took some nice photos of a Great Blue Heron, a Mississippi Kite, and a pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.