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…

A Few More Birds From Last Week

Here’s a few more birds I saw in my outings last week. Blue Grosbeak Painted Bunting Canada Goose Bewicks Wren Lark Sparrow Juvenile Orchard Oriole Western Kingbird Brown-headed Cowbird Red-winged Blackbird American Coot

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-…

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbirds are considered to be a bit of a pest.  They are brood parasites, meaning they lay their eggs in other species nests and leave the work of raising them to the host parents.  Ornithologists point out that this behavior was beneficial for their nomadic life-style. Before the arrival of Europeans and their cattle,…

Missouri

Sheila and Claire and I wandered a bit further than usual last week and ended up in southwestern Missouri to visit my Dad and his wife, Mary Lee.  Instead of the interstate, we decided to take US 60 through northern Oklahoma.  Oklahoma roads aren’t the greatest, but we had a nice drive for the most…

Panhandle Summers

Summer begins tomorrow and I’m not all that thrilled.  Panhandle summers are, as a rule, hot, dry, and windy, characteristics that I don’t particularly enjoy.  Dry and hot are the more tolerable of the three, although I’ve developed an aversion to sweating over the years, but windy really annoys me.  Dust and grit in your…