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…

Painted Buntings

Painted Buntings are one of the more colorful songbirds we see here in the Panhandle each summer.  They are pretty easy to spot, not only because of the color, but because of their distinctive song.  I haven’t seen any for the last week or so.  I guess they’ve headed south already. Here’s a couple of…

More photos From This Summer

A few photos that I didn’t get around to posting from late July and August. Loggerhead Shrike at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford Co, Tx.   Also at Palo Duro Reservoir.  I watched a pair of Great Blue Herons build this nest earlier in the year.  These may be the offspring, the crowns seem darker,…

Brunch at Jim’s Lake

I drove out to Jim’s Lake this morning.  It’s a small private lake on the eastern side of Hutchinson Co. I hadn’t been there since May and although I have permission from the landowner I still feel a little uncomfortable there There are a couple of families that live around the lake and until last…

Yellow Warbler

I don’t see a lot of warblers here in Hutchinson Co.  There’s not a lot of trees for them for one thing, and the trees we do have are scrub pines, mesquite, and cottonwoods, mostly, so the type of warblers we get have to be the types that like shorter, scrubbier trees.  We also have…

Summer Raptors

The fields and pastures of the Llano Estacado support a wide variety of birds of prey. Red-tailed Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, American Kestrels, Barn Owls, great Horned Owls, and Eastern Screech Owls live here year round. Winter brings Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles (but I’ve yet to get a good photo of one,) Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks,…

It’s New to Me

Well, that didn’t go as well as I had hoped.  I’ve not been happy with the web hosting site I’ve been using since I started the blog-it was incredibly slow which made it a chore to post new photos, so I migrated over to WordPress.com.  The posts made the trip but a lot of the…