New Arrivals, Migrants, and Lingerers

I’m starting to see more newly arrived winter birds and some migrants as well.  After an especially miserable Sunday at work (every time we had a call the truck we were in broke down. By the time I left at 0700 Monday morning we had one truck that was running, but you couldn’t shut it off for fear that it wouldn’t start again) I went out to the lake for an hour or so. There were a dozen or so American White Pelicans, some Double-crested Cormorants, and a couple of dozen Ring-billed Gulls off of Fritch Fortress, but they were too far away to get any photos.  An Osprey was bathing off of a sandbar not too far from the pelicans.

At Spring Canyon I was surprised to see a couple of White-crowned Sparrows. I wasn’t expecting them for a few more weeks yet.


White-crowned Sparrow (69) (1024x694)


There’s been a couple of Pied-billed Grebes at the big pond at Spring Canyon for the last couple of weeks.Pied-billed Grebe (4) (1024x685)

This is a lingering summer bird-a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (183) (1024x705)

This morning I went south about an hour to Palo Duro Canyon and took these pictures.

Spotted Towhees spend the winter in the areaSpotted Towhee (10) (1024x667) Spotted Towhee (12) (1024x651)

Another White-Crowned Sparrow, this one is a juvenile (Head stripes are golden instead of white) and he’s found some tasty seeds.White-crowned Sparrow (90) (1024x771) White-crowned Sparrow (87) (1024x683) White-crowned Sparrow (86) (1024x684) White-crowned Sparrow (83) (1024x715) White-crowned Sparrow (75) (1024x633)

A Red-shafted Northern Flicker, a type of woodpecker. This is a year-round bird in the panhandle.Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (10) (1024x683)

And a new bird for me, an Orange-crowned Warber that stopped by to refuel and rest on it’s trip south.  I’m not sure why it’s called an Orange-crowned Warbler-even on the adult males there’s no orange on his crown or anywhere else, for that matter.Orange-crowned Warbler (8) (1024x666) Orange-crowned Warbler (4) (1024x695)

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