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.
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was only interested in brunch.