Lucky Shots

Last week was a pretty good one for getting photos of birds that I usually don’t even see, much less get photos of them. First was this Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Spring Canyon. My daughter and I heard him cuckooing and then he just flew into a nearby tree and I was able to get a…

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoos are close relatives of the Greater Roadrunner I posted a week or so ago. I don’t see them around nearly as much as the roadrunners, though.  This one was at Palo Duro Canyon this morning, having a drink at the bird blind.

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,…

Early August at McBride Canyon

I’ve not taken a lot of pictures in the last two weeks because I’m trying to learn how to not drown myself in a kayak. I borrowed one from a brother-in-law and enjoyed it so that I bought one for myself. I practiced a few days in a pond at Spring Canyon and have been…

More photos From This Summer

A few photos that I didn’t get around to posting from late July and August. Loggerhead Shrike at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford Co, Tx.   Also at Palo Duro Reservoir.  I watched a pair of Great Blue Herons build this nest earlier in the year.  These may be the offspring, the crowns seem darker,…

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

I consider myself lucky to see Yellow-billed Cuckoos once or twice a year, but this year I’ve spotted one four different times. They are medium-sized birds related to the much more common (at least around here) and somewhat larger Greater Roadrunner. They lay their eggs over a week or so in a rather flat nest. Occasionally…

Time Flies

Time sure gets away from me.  I’ve not published anything in a month.  I have been birding, just not as much as usual, lots of things vying for my time.  Some of the them I wish I could just skip, work and mowing spring to mind.  Others are things I should have been doing all…

Dog Days and Birds

We’ve had a surprisingly mild summer in the Texas Panhandle this year.  The stretches of  38° C or hotter days have been pretty short, usually lasting less than a week and we’ve had several long periods of  much milder and surprisingly wet weather. Birding around here this time of year is not terribly exciting, but…

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…

South Shore Trail

The National Park Service at Lake Meredith National Recreational Area has started a new trail project at the south end of the lake.  They opened the first phase of five last week.  It’s a two mile long rough trail that starts at the Harbor Bay boat ramp and climbs about halfway up the side of…