Birding and Kayaking

I combined three of my favorite hobbies this week and took several photos of birds while kayaking on the southwest end of Lake Meredith. It was a lot easier a few years ago when the lake was not quite so full and I was not quite so old, but I was able to manage the…

Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith

I returned from Missouri on Sunday and went to Spring Canyon this morning. Spring Canyon is really just the Canadian River Valley right below the Sanford-Yake Dam. There are several ponds and sloughs and a lot of marshy wetlands. It’s pretty easy to access from the southeast end of the dam. The birding isn’t always…

Birding in Missouri

I went to visit my parents in southwestern Missouri last week and had a great time even though it rained hard for 3 of the 4 days I was there. It was a welcome change from the drought in the Texas panhandle. It must have rained at least 6 inches in those three days which…

Vermilion Flycatcher

Several people have posted sightings of a pair of Vermillion Flycatchers at Palo Duro Canyon in the last few weeks. It’s a pretty rare bird for this area. They aren’t really migratory birds but some of the Mexican population will move up into the southwestern US in the summer. They turn up in the panhandle…

Two weeks in April, 2022

Some of the birds I’ve come across the last few weeks. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Palo Duro Canyon. White-crowned Sparrow at PDC Gray Catbird at PDC Black-crested Titmouse at PDC Yellow-headed Blackbird at Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith. Swainson’s Howk, Carson County. Lesser Scaup, Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith. American Avocets, Bugbee Canyon, Lake Meredith. Horned Grebe, Bugbee…

Late Winter, Early Spring, Texas Panhandle

Here’s a few photos of some of the birds I’ve come across in my wanderings over the last month. Northern Shoveler, Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith Black-necked Stilt, Spring Canyon, Lake, Meredith Gray Catbird, Palo Duro Canyon Fox Sparrow, Palo Duro Canyon Great Blue Heron, Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith Red-breasted Merganser male, Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith…

Mergansers and Loons

Last week at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon there was a couple of pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers. I was unable to get photos of the females but the males were a bit more cooperative. Red-breasted mergansers are rare at the lake but I have seen them there a few other times over the last 10 years…

Remember me?

Well, it’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve posted anything. There are lots of reasons, none of them really very good. I think the main reason is that I’ve lost my will to go through all the photos I take and weed out the crap and then clean up the ones left. Another reason…

Kayaking and Birding

I went kayaking this morning with a couple of young men that are kind enough to let me hang out with them. While they weren’t really all that interested in the birds they were quite tolerant and waited patiently and quietly while I took photos. I really enjoy taking photos of birds from a kayak.…