Bald Eagle

I spotted my first Bald Eagles of the season this morning at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford Co.  There was a pair of them on Palo Duro Creek about a mile south of the dam  That’s about a month earlier than last year for this location.  I had seen a lone Bald Eagle in June on the reservoir as well and that’s about 2 months later than the year before.  According to eBird, May, July, and August are the only months that a Bald Eagle has not been reported at the lake.  I haven’t seen any yet this year at Meredith, but in the past two years early November is the earliest I’ve spotted them.

This one launched himself from a dead cottonwood, made a circle and then headed north into a strong headwind.  It took him a while to get going, which gave me a great opportunity to get some nice shots of him in flight.

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Everyone gets excited by the big raptors, but this bird was as big a thrill for me as the eagle, mainly because I don’t see them often around here.  This is only the 4th time I’v seen a Say’s Phoebe (I think, I’m often wrong) in the 3 years I’ve been birding in the Panhandle.Say's Phoebe (3)

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