A Few More Photos from Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Here’s the last of the pictures from Palo Duro Canyon. Northern Mockingbird-a little surprised to see this one. NOMO are supposed to be year round residents according to Sibley, but I rarely see one in mid-winter. Northern Cardinal female and what I think is a Savannah Sparrow Cedar Waxwing. Golden-fronted Woodpecker, joined by a White-crowned…

Gray Catbird

I got off work this morning after a surprisingly easy 72 hours and decided to make the hour and 15 minute drive south to Palo Duro State Park. I hadn’t been down in the park since my Daughter’s wedding back in November and it was a pretty nice morning for January in the Texas Panhandle…

A Couple of Wrens

Rock Wrens are year round residents here in the Texas Panhandle and in the spring their songs echo in the canyons around Lake Meredith. They are pretty quiet this time of year though and so are harder to find. I was lucky enough to run across this one as I was walking one cold morning…

A Few December Photographs

I’ve been kind of lazy about posting the last few weeks, so now I’m trying to catch up. Here’s some photos from December. Rock Wren Greater Roadrunner Ladder-backed Woodpecker Red-tailed Hawk (a dark morph juvenile) American Tree Sparrow American Coot Pied-billed Grebe

Virginia Rail

I’ve been hearing Virginia Rails at Spring Canyon during migration since I first started Birding over 4 years ago but have never been able to see or photograph one. They aren’t very big and they are very shy. I finally got a glimpse and a few poor quality pictures of one this morning. The sun hadn’t…