Winter Birds at my Feeder

Here are the last few pictures I took in 2017 from my feeders at home. 2017 was a pretty good year for birding, I saw 163 species of birds and never left the panhandle. Highlights would have to include the nesting Western Grebes and Clark’s Grebes at Meredith and the Red-breasted Nuthatch that’s been hanging…

Fall at Lake Meredith

So, it’s been 3 weeks since my last post. I have a ton of photos but I just don’t seem to be able to make myself edit them and post them as often as I should. Here’s a few from Lake Meredith taken over the last few weeks. I have quite a few more from…

April’s Parting Shots

Here’s a few photos from April that I just never got around to posting. Curve-billed Thrasher at Palo Duro Canyon Chihuahuan Ravens at McBride Canyon, Lake Meredith Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith Morning Dove, Spring Canyon Savannah Sparrow, Spring Canyon Yellow-headed Blackbirds Spring Canyon   American Avocets coming in for a landing.…

Thrashers

We have two species of Thrashers that are pretty common here in the northern panhandle, the Brown Thrasher and the Curve-billed Thrasher. Thrashers are in the same family, Mimids, as Northern Mockingbirds and Gray Catbirds and like mockingbirds have a loud varied call and are great copiers of other bird’s songs. I’ve been fortunate enough…

Sittin’ in the Yard Drinking Beer

Today was a beautifully mild summer day, a real treat from the blazing hot, dry summer we’ve had so far. It rained last night and was cloudy most of today with a high temp around 90. I took advantage of the weather and went kayaking this morning and mowed this afternoon. After mowing I sat…

Curve-billed Thrasher

I’ve had a Curve-billed Thrasher visiting my yard almost since the day I started birding.  Oddly, it’s the only place I’ve ever seen one, although they are supposed to be fairly common for this area.  I was outside filling the bird feeders this afternoon in anticipation of the cold front we were expecting (it hit…

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…

Early Birds

I spent an hour or so Sunday morning at Meredith and hadn’t really seen much of anything so, still craving a bird fix,  I drove to the playa near Panhandle Sunday afternoon to see what I might find there.  It’s a 20 minute drive and the time was well spent.  Once again there were hundreds…

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…

City Park

I’ve been visiting Fritch’s City Park pretty regularly for several years.  At first just to walk; 6 times around the perimeter is 3 miles and takes about an hour at my FOG (Fat Old Guy) speed and, since last year, to bird.  It’s not a highly developed kind of park.  There are swing sets and…