I hadn’t been out of Hutchinson Co. much this year-a couple of trips to McBride Canyon in Potter Co. and one to Palo Duro Reservoir up in Hansford Co, and I was getting a bit bored seeing the same old places and birds, so I took a trip down to Randall County’s Palo Duro Canyon in between snow storms earlier this week. I like going to the canyon in the winter when there are less tourists. It was a nice, sunny, calm day, and though I didn’t see anything unusual, I did get some nice photos of the winter residents.
Golden-fronted Woodpecker pair. The male has the red cap. These woodies are much larger than the ladder-back, downy, hairy, and red-headed woodpeckers that are also common in the panhandle at different times of the year. Note how similar the back patterns and colors are to the ladder-back, downy and hairy woodpeckers.