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.…

More Palo Duro Canyon Birds

Here’s a few more photos from last week’s Palo Duro Canyon trip. Nothing unusual, but I even get excited seeing the regulars. White-crowned Sparrow Golden Fronted Woodpecker Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow American Goldfinch Spotted Towhee This House Finch has a more orangish hue than red, not sure why this color variation occurs. This is the first…

January in Palo Duro Canyon

I took a trip to Palo Duro Canyon last week (first of many this year, I hope) and spent an hour or so at the bird blind and then hiked several miles. Here’s a few photos of the trip. Spotted Towhee Fox Sparrow Northern Cardinal Dark-eyed Junco Black-crested Titmouse Northern Mockingbird Golden-fronted Woodpecker White-winged Dove…

Last of Last Year’s Photos

Here’s the last of the photographs from 2016. I’m finally getting caught up a bit. All photos were taken at Lake Meredith (unless otherwise noted) in late November and December. American Wigeon Blue-winged Teal Female Golden-fronted Woodpecker at Palo Duro Canyon Great Blue Heron American Coots Loggerhead Shrike Northern Cardinal at Palo Duro Canyon Osprey…

Birds, Boats, and Beautiful Weather

We’ve had a rather dry summer so far this year, a return to the drought of the last decade or so, only not quite as bad as it was before. We were fortunate to have a really wet summer last year and our local lake went from nearly gone to about 25% capacity.  It’s still…

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  

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

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinals are plentiful year round in the Texas panhandle and the ones in Palo Duro Canyon seem especially photogenic. They’re lovely to watch and a delight to hear, especially on such a beautiful spring morning.    

Buffalo Lake NWR

Buffalo Lake NWR is a mostly dry lake bed in Randall Co in the Texas Panhandle. There is a large pond still on the southern end of the Reserve with a bird blind and a few trails on the northern end. We used to go out there when I was in college for keg parties…