Dark Days

Here’s more photographs from the last week. It’s been wonderfully rainy all week, but getting good shots of birds has been difficult. the lake is up a couple of inches, though, and that’s a nice turnaround from weeks and weeks of dropping levels. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Spotted Sandpiper Double-crested Cormorant Blue-winged Teal Great Blue…

Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees

While we were in southwestern Missouri visiting relatives a few weeks ago we took a day trip over to  Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Northeastern Oklahoma. My brother took us around the lake on his boat, my mom fixed us a picnic lunch, and I took photos. Here’s a few of them. Spotted Sandpiper…

A Few More Photos from the Last Couple of Weeks

I really like wrens.  They are tiny little birds and they act like they are the kings of the world.  Bewick’s and Rock Wrens are the most common around here although I did see a Marsh Wren last January at Spring Canyon. Bewick’s Wren This Rock Wren was singing from the top of a utility pole…

More Birds from Palo Duro Reservoir

I drove up to  Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County yesterday for a change of pace.  I’ve been hitting the same spots around Hutchinson County for a while and I was getting a little bored with the same places.  Palo Duro  is about an hour’s drive northeast of where I live and is formed by…

Ramblin’

Wandered a bit this week, spending  Monday morning at McGee Lake in Potter Co., and this morning at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford Co.  I didn’t see anything too unusual in my travels, but I did get some nice photos.  McGee Lake may be the only playa in the panhandle with water.  Most of it…

Last Week of Winter

Spring’s equinox is near but everything is still very dry and brown.  Morning temps are hovering around the freezing mark and it’s still a month to our average last frost.  I’m seeing lots of migrating birds at Meredith.  Most notable are the American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants, but there are still hundreds of Mallards…

Photos by Jake

I usually go birding alone.  There are a couple of reasons; I enjoy being alone for one, and the rest of my family aren’t early risers for another.  I occasionally invite my wife or one of the kids to go with me and when they do we have a great time.  I invited my wife…

This Week

It’s been over a week since I posted anything here and that’s too long.  There are several reasons; I had a rough week at work for one (over 70 hard hours in 4 days,)  helped my daughter move from one upstairs apartment to another upstairs apartment, and day long RAC meetings (an EMS thing,) but…

Palo Duro Reservoir

Birding in Hutchinson County has been a little slow the last week or two, so today I drove north to Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County, about an hour’s drive from my home.  The reservoir was created by a dam across Palo Duro Creek. It isn’t part of the much larger Palo Duro Canyon that…

Anniversary

I took my first bird photo on June 13, 2011.  Those of you that have been following me from the beginning (all three of you) know that those first pics were taken with a Kodak Easyshare that I borrowed from my daughter.  A few months later a bought a Canon Rebel T3 and then, last…