180

I posted my 180th bird sighting for the year today, my best year ever and it’s only 2/3rds gone.  My previous best was 171 back in 2013 and that year we took trips to the coast and to Missouri to see birds (okay, my parents live in Missouri,) and we didn’t get to the coast…

Songbirds

The summer residents have slowly been arriving over the last month or so and I’ve really been enjoying their songs. Here’s a some photos of a few of them. Ash-throated Flycatcher Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Bullock’s Oriole juvenile Yellow-headed Blackbird (not as melodious as his cousin Red-wings) Blue-gray gnatcatcher Painted Bunting

Red-winged Blackbirds and Lark Sparrows

Red-winged Blackbirds are considered pests by the farmers around here, but they are strikingly beautiful birds, I think and I love the way they fill Spring Canyon with their song this time of year. The first three images are female and the last one is the male. Lark Sparrows have arrived and can be seen…

Now I Must be Off to Work

I’ve had a really good week off, lots of hiking, kayaking, and birding, but it’s back to work tomorrow. I’m very fortunate to have a job that allows so much time off, most of the time I only work 2 or 3 days a week, so I have lots of time to enjoy my hobbies.…

Lincoln’s Sparrow

I spotted this Lincoln’s Sparrow at Spring Canyon last week. I’ve seen them at other places before but never at Meredith, so I was pleased to find one. They aren’t unusual for the area during migration. I include a few other birds seen in the last week in the post as well. Lincoln’s Sparrow Rufous-crowned…

February in the Panhandle

Here’s a few photographs from the last week or so. It’s not been too bad of a winter this year-no really bad storms or severe cold snaps, so far.  I’ve seen some pretty deep snows around here in March, though, so I’m still not putting up my long johns. Here’s a few photos from the…

Early Fall

The last few weeks have been a little hectic for me and I haven’t been able to go birding as much as I want. It seems that the days that I could get out were dark and dreary days with heavy clouds and lots of rain.  The rain was pretty wide-spread and Meredith certainly benefited…

Birding and Kayaking

I finally got the nerve up to take my camera out with me on the kayak. A few days ago I bought a water-proof bag large enough to put it and the 500mm lens into, and this morning I packed everything up and headed for the lake. I’ve been exploring the south end of the…

Mid-summer in the Texas Panhandle

Here’s a few photos of birds I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. It’s mostly just the old stand-bys, but there were a couple of surprises. Red-headed Woodpecker at Lake Meredith’s Bugbee Shores. Wilson’s Phalarope at a playa near Panhandle, Texas. One of the surprises-a Dowitcher, but I’m not sure if it’s a long-…