Fall in the Panhandle

Well, once again I’ve managed to not post anything for several months.  My only excuse it laziness-I go birding nearly every morning that I’m not working, but processing photos is really a pain in the ass and so I let it build up until it is really daunting. It has really not been all that…

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…

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…

What the Wind Blew In

Did I mention that it’s been windy on the high plains this spring?  Spring usually is, but this year has been especially so.  I’ve lost count of the days that wind speeds have topped 30 mph sustained and today is going to top that again, with gusts up to 70 mph according to the weathermen.…

Songbirds and Shorebirds

All last week I thought I had to work today but a last second reprieve (thanks, Rochelle) found me out at the lake this morning on one of those panhandle rarities, a windless day.  I took full advantage of it and walked several miles, the first good walk I’ve had since last fall.  I spent…