Winter catch-up

Here are some photos that I never got around to posting from the last few months. Most were taken at Palo Duro Canyon. Roufous-crowned Sparrow Northern Mockingbird Hermit Thrush Golden-fronted Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker female at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon. American Goldfinch at my feeders Dark-eyed Junco at my feeders. Northern Cardinal Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow…

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpeckers are one of the most common year-round woodpeckers in this area (Northern Flickers are another very common species, especially in the winter.)  I see at least one nearly every time I go birding. They are small black and white striped birds that are very quick as they search for insects among the mesquites…

American Coots

We had clouds, rain and snow all day today, but yesterday started out pretty nice and I went out to Spring Canyon again and took a few more pictures. BTW, this is my 200th post. American Coots are very odd birds with their black feathers, white bills, red eyes, and huge feet with lobed toes.…

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…

Spring in Hutchinson County

It’s been incredibly dry and windy here this year.  We’re already several inches behind the norm and we only get an average of 20 inches a year, though it’s been a while since we hit that mark.  The wind is rarely less than 20 mph and there have been hundreds (or so it seems) of…

Panhandle Spring

Spring is in full swing here in the Texas Panhandle.  I wish that meant April showers and May flowers but mostly it just means wind.  Heat also, wind and heat.  Unless it’s cold, then it means wind and cold.  Dry, don’t forget dry, as in windy and dry, really, really dry.  How dry is it,…

Rough 3 Weeks

This is my first post since the 19th of February.  It’s been a rough 3 weeks with snowstorms, illness, 60 mph winds, and to top it off, lots of overtime at work. I’ve only gotten out the lake to take pictures 2 or 3 times in the last 3 weeks and most of the pictures…

Winter at Spring Canyon

Spring Canyon is my favorite place to take pictures in Hutchinson County for several reasons.  It’s easy to get to and even in the summer it’s not crowded in the early morning.  It well protected from winds from the southwest (our prevailing wind source in the summer) and the north (prevailing wind source in the…

It’s not a Competition

Birding isn’t a competitive activity but I confess that I do get annoyed a bit when I read that someone has seen a bird in Hutchinson county that I’ve yet to see. I report my bird sightings to a website (www.ebird.org) maintained by the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. There aren’t many folks locally that use…