Hansford County

I took a drive north of my house last week and ended up at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County. Heres a few of the birds I saw on the trip. Ring-necked Pheasant Loggerhead Shrike Eastern Bluebird. There was several Easterns and Mountain Bluebirds there and this one kinda of confused me, it’s so drab.…

Mountain Bluebird

These Mountain Bluebirds were twittering and preening in an old cottonwood tree at Lake Meredith’s McBride Canyon last week. I came across during an early morning hike. The shadows arond the trees were difficult, so the pictures aren’t all that great, but I only see Mountain Bluebirds a few times a year and didn’t want…

Bluebirds and Buntings

I cut a pretty wide swath through the central panhandle in the last week, from Palo Duro Canyon in Randall Co. to Palo Duro Lake in Hansford Co. with Lake Meredith and a few fields and playas in between. I’ve already posted the photos from the Canyon. Here’s a few more from some of the…

Bright, Sunshiny Day

Finally, the sun is out on a day that I’m off work, not exhausted, and have no pressing personal obligations.  There have been very few sunny days for the last month. Mostly they’ve been so depressingly dark and colorless that I could barely make myself crawl out of bed.  I did go birding on a…

Bald Eagles at Palo Duro Lake

I took a drive up to Palo Duro Lake in Hansford County this morning after I got off work.  It’s a nice drive and I get most of the world’s problems solved by the time I get there. Then I get distracted by the birds and forget the details of my world saving plan. Oh,…

Mountain Bluebirds

My son took these photos of Mountain Bluebirds a few weeks ago at Palo Duro Reservoir, a small manmade lake about an hour north of Lake Meredith.  I try to get up there every week or two throughout the year.  It a great place for birds with lots of dead cottonwoods sticking up out of…

A Few More Birds From May

Along with the Lingering Ducks and Shorebirds the last few weeks there has been an infusion of songbirds.  Leaves are finally out in spite of late frosts and drought, and there are green shoots rising through last year’s dead cattail beds at Spring Canyon, but the grass is still dormant everywhere except in well-watered lawns.…

Christmas Eve Gift

I posted yesterday about the terrible weather we’ve been having in the Texas Panhandle and then today was one of those rare, still days we enjoy so much.  I left the house early this morning and headed to Spring Canyon, but there was still nothing except a few Lesser Scaups, a couple dozen White-crowned Sparrows…