Lucky Shots

Last week was a pretty good one for getting photos of birds that I usually don’t even see, much less get photos of them. First was this Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Spring Canyon. My daughter and I heard him cuckooing and then he just flew into a nearby tree and I was able to get a…

Grebes

The southwestern end of lake Meredith was crawling with Western and Clark’s Grebes this morning. I took advantage of the beautiful weather and got the kayak out early and mad a 9-mile circuit around the SW part of the lake. It is only the second time I’ve had a chance to get out on the…

April at Lake Meredith

Here are a few photos from this morning at Lake Meredith. The weather initially was clear and calm, but it got cloudier as the morning passed and the photos of the gnatcatcher are a little flat because of the low light. I always feel very lucky to get photographs of these twitchy little guys. A…

A Bunch o’ Birds

Here are a few late winter and early spring photos from Lake Meredith and Palo Duro Canyon.   American Avocet American Pipit Black-crested Titmouse Black-necked Stilt Canada Goose Greater Yellowlegs White-crowned Sparrow Fox Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow juvenile Fox Sparrow Brown Thrasher Canyon Towhee White-crowned Sparrow Lincoln’s Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow juvenile Lincoln’s Sparrow Tree Swallow, Barn…

Winter catch-up

Here are some photos that I never got around to posting from the last few months. Most were taken at Palo Duro Canyon. Roufous-crowned Sparrow Northern Mockingbird Hermit Thrush Golden-fronted Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker female at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon. American Goldfinch at my feeders Dark-eyed Junco at my feeders. Northern Cardinal Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow…

Tundra Swan

Lovely, intelligent daughter: “Is that a swan?” Dunderhead dad: “Nah, I’ve never seen swans around here.  Look at the Yellow-headed Blackbird.” Lovely, intelligent daughter: “Are you sure that’s not a swan?” Dunderhead dad: “Probably just a Snow Goose or Great Egret.” Lovely, intelligent daughter: “I think that’s a swan.” Dunderhead dad finally quits looking at…

Northern Goshawk

The very first thing I saw at the bird blind at Palo Duro Canyon this morning was a flurry of wings as the beautiful juvenile Northern Goshawk launched itself from the water feature to a tree branch about 10 meters from the blind.  He sat there for several minutes before flying off to the south.…

Fall in the Panhandle

Well, once again I’ve managed to not post anything for several months.  My only excuse it laziness-I go birding nearly every morning that I’m not working, but processing photos is really a pain in the ass and so I let it build up until it is really daunting. It has really not been all that…

Green Heron

I saw this Green Heron at Spring Canyon a few days ago. They are migrants through here each fall and spring. They aren’t very big, only about a foot and a half tall with their neck stretched out and they weigh about half a pound. This one was preening, although he did make a grab…

Late Summer Birding

Barn Swallow at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon. Black-crested Titmouse at Palo Duro Canyon. Black-crowned Night Heron at Lake Meredith. Brown-headed Cowbird at Palo Duro Canyon. Burrowing Owl in Carson County. Canyon Towhee at Palo Duro Canyon. Great Blue Heron at Spring Canyon. Lark Sparrow at Palo Duro Canyon. Loggerhead Shrike in Carson County. Northern Cardinal…