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