Early Fall at Palo Duro Canyon

I drove out to Palo Duro Canyon last week and took a few photos at the blind there. I didn’t see anything terribly unusual, but I did get a photo of a White-throated Sparrow. It’s a bit early for them to be here.  The rest of the shots are of the regulars. Northern Cardinal male…

Thrashers

We have two species of Thrashers that are pretty common here in the northern panhandle, the Brown Thrasher and the Curve-billed Thrasher. Thrashers are in the same family, Mimids, as Northern Mockingbirds and Gray Catbirds and like mockingbirds have a loud varied call and are great copiers of other bird’s songs. I’ve been fortunate enough…

Watering Hole

A few more pictures from Palo Duro Canyon in Randall County, Texas. I spend a lot of time here hiking and photographing birds. The park rangers at PDC have set up a blind and feeder station in the canyon and it has a water feature that the birds love. Brown Thrasher House Finch Pine Siskin…

Brown Thrasher

Here are some photos of a Brown Thrasher I saw this morning at Palo Duro Canyon. Thrashers are in the same family (mimidae) as mockingbirds and catbirds and like them have a wide variety of songs.

Misc.

Here’s a few photos from the first week of fall. The photographs are from Lake Meredith National Recreation area unless otherwise noted. Red-tailed Hawk Red-bellied Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker Wild Turkey at Palo Duro Reservoir Say’s Phoebe Brown Thrasher at PDR Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and American Coots American Coots American Coots and…

Palo Duro Canyon Again

Palo Duro Canyon, south of Amarillo, is one of my favorite birding spots. I usually get down there a couple of time a month. I went again a couple of days ago with my wife and two of my daughters and we hiked and climbed a bit and took photos of each other and of…

A Few More Photos from Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Here’s the last of the pictures from Palo Duro Canyon. Northern Mockingbird-a little surprised to see this one. NOMO are supposed to be year round residents according to Sibley, but I rarely see one in mid-winter. Northern Cardinal female and what I think is a Savannah Sparrow Cedar Waxwing. Golden-fronted Woodpecker, joined by a White-crowned…