Palo Duro Canyon

I visited Palo Duro Lake on Thursday in the northern part of the panhandle and then on Friday I drove south an hour or so to the central part of the panhandle to Palo Duro Canyon.  I saw several birds that I hadn’t yet seen this year, but unfortunately, I had not charged my camera…

Early Summer Birds

Here’s a few photos from around the panhandle of Texas taken in the first few weeks of summer. Killdeer chick Painted Bunting Northern Cardinal (adult male and a juvenile) Golden-fronted Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak Greater Roadrunner Tree Swallow Ash-throated Flycatcher Western Kingbird American Avocet Mississippi Kite  

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

Last Pictures from the Missouri Trip

Here’s the last of the photos from our vacation to southwestern Missouri. Most were taken from the back porch of my parent’s house. Tufted Titmoue Red-bellied Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Northern Cardinal White-breasted Nuthatch American Robin and young Eastern Bluebird Eastern Phoebe Blue Jay Downy Woodpecker Indigo Bunting

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…

Rainy Day Birding

I left the house early one morning last week to go birding at Lake Meredith. It was overcast when I left and by the time I got to Spring Canyon it was pouring so hard I could barely see the road. I checked the weather maps and it seemed to be dryer south of us,…

Last Week at Palo Duro Lake

I drove up to Palo Duro Lake last week. It’s a small lake about an hour north of my home and is a pretty good birding site. Here’s a few of the pictures I took up there. Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker Mississippi Kite Juvenile Mississippi Kite Female Bullock’s Oriole Female Painted Bunting Lark Sparrow Turkey Vultures…

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-…

A Few Miscellaneous Photos From Late Spring

I’ve been pretty busy at work the last month or so and haven’t posted much. I have been birding, though and so here are a few photos. The best areas for birding in the last month or so have been the farms and pastures north and south of us. The playa lakes are full and…