Bald Eagle

I spotted my first Bald Eagles of the season this morning at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford Co.  There was a pair of them on Palo Duro Creek about a mile south of the dam  That’s about a month earlier than last year for this location.  I had seen a lone Bald Eagle in June…

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…

Owls and Eagles

There’s only been a pair of Bald Eagles at Meredith for most of the winter this year.  They are beautiful birds and I enjoy watching them.  I do miss the excitement of a few years ago when there were 15 or more birds, mostly juveniles, at the Lake.  This one had just dropped a fish…

The Shutdown

Tough times for birders in Hutchinson County as Lake Meredith, a National Recreation Area, has been barricaded since the 1st of the month because of the Federal Government Shutdown.  There are other places in Hutchinson Co. to go birding, Jim’s Lake for example, but they are on private property and I’ve never been that comfortable…

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…

Winter Raptors

  We have a fairly wide variety of hawks, eagles, and falcons in the Texas Panhandle.  Golden Eagles, American Kestrels and Red-tailed Hawks are year-round residents.  I see kestrels and red-tailed hawks all the time and have several good photos of each (check out the gallery) but I’ve only seen Golden Eagles once and didn’t…

It’s not a Competition

Birding isn’t a competitive activity but I confess that I do get annoyed a bit when I read that someone has seen a bird in Hutchinson county that I’ve yet to see. I report my bird sightings to a website (www.ebird.org) maintained by the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. There aren’t many folks locally that use…

Another Good Week of Birding

I had another good week of birding; the weather was nice and we even had rain today.  I don’t know how much, but it rained fairly steady for about 12 hours and the temp stayed above freezing so the roads weren’t bad at all.  There was still quite a bit of ice on Meredith yesterday…

Christmas Eve Gift

I posted yesterday about the terrible weather we’ve been having in the Texas Panhandle and then today was one of those rare, still days we enjoy so much.  I left the house early this morning and headed to Spring Canyon, but there was still nothing except a few Lesser Scaups, a couple dozen White-crowned Sparrows…