My work week ended Monday morning at 0700 and I decided to drive down to Palo Duro Canyon, a state park about an hour south of where I live. I stopped for a few minutes at a playa near the town of Panhandle, Tx that has water in for the first time since last fall. We’ve had a pretty wet summer, comparatively speaking, even though we’re still a bit behind our rainfall average for this time of year, but the playa has remained dry. I guess it relies on runoff from the irrigated fields around it and because of the wet summer maybe the farmers haven’t irrigated as much this year. I dunno.
The playa had water and waterfowl but it was still so early and the sky was overcast so photography was impossible. I spotted Northern Pintails, Northern Shovellers, Greater Yellowlegs, Blue-winged Teal, and Mallards and some Cattle Egrets. I was hoping to see Sandhill Cranes, but they haven’t arrived here yet.
It was still overcast when I arrived at Palo Duro Canyon, but I was able to get some nice photos at the bird blind. Apparently it was kids day at the park because nearly every bird I saw was a juvenile.
There were several young Northern Cardinals
The crest on this one is pretty outrageous.
A Juvenile Painted Bunting
And a Wilson’s Warbler (I think.) Possibly a 1st year female. There was some discussion amongst a couple other birders at the blind that it might be a juvenile Hooded Warbler. Either one is a new bird for me.
There were a few adults around as well, A Black-headed Grosbeak female.
A Canyon Towhee
I’ve finally repaired all the photo links to the older posts of the blog. When I make the move from the old hosting service I was using to WordPress.com, the photos didn’t all make the move for some reason and had to be re-uploaded from my stash at home. It was a very tedious chore. So anyway, now you can click on any of the posts and see the photos.