Palo Duro Reservoir

I drove up to Palo Duro Reservoir north of Spearman, Texas a few days ago and logged one of the highest species counts I’ve ever had-31 different birds in about 3 hours of hiking and driving around the lake and the area below the dam.  One of the sightings was a Swainson’s Thrush.  They aren’t uncommon around the panhandle but this is the first time I’ve seen one.  Here’s the list, if you’re interested.

I was able to get a few photographs of the thrush but he was very shy.

 

Swainson's Thrush (1024x731)

Swainson's Thrush (3) (1024x677) This Mississippi Kite wasn’t.  There were several of them, including a couple of juveniles, but the photo’s of them weren’t good.

Mississippi Kite (2) (1024x826)

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was only interested in brunch.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (154) (1024x712)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (153) (1024x694)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (152) (1024x689)

 

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