Eared Grebe

Here’s a few photos of an Eared Grebe fishing for breakfast at Spring Canyon a few days ago. The first day I saw it was very rainy and windy and the pictures didn’t turn out, but I went back the next morning and it was still there and I was able to get several nice…

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…

Grebes

Early Tuesday morning at Spring Canyon, in one of the smaller ponds, there were a couple of Grebes. One was a Pied-billed Grebe, which can be seen year round in Hutchinson County and the other, smaller one, was an Eared Grebe, which are Spring and Fall migrants. The pond was still and the light and the…

Spring Arrivals

There’s been an influx of birds arriving for the summer these last two weeks, as well as a few migrants passing through. Scissor-tailed Flycatchers arrived last week, followed by Ash-throated Flyucatchers this week. Northern Mockingbirds are supposed to be year-round residents in the area, but I’ve never seen them in the winter. In the last…

Watercolors

The day after we got back from Missouri we had our first real rain since last summer.  The next morning I went out to Spring Canyon to see if there was anything interesting down there.  While we were in Missouri an itinerant birder had posted on eBird that he had heard a Black Rail and…

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.…

Lingering Waterfowl

There’s hardly any water birds on Lake Meredith now and there aren’t any playas with water in them that I know of in the northern Texas panhandle (edit: just read on eBird of one north of St. Francis, east of Hwy136 that I’ll try to visit next week when I’m off.)  Strangely, the waterfowl that…

Eared Grebes

Grebes are odd little freshwater diving birds.  Their large feet only have shallow webs with lobed toes and their legs are set rather far back on their bodies which makes them great swimmers and divers but rather awkward on land.  I’ve yet to see one out of the water, or flying even, although they are…

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…

Finally, a Nice Day

After all the griping about the weather in my last post, it got worse.  Thursday was cold, incredibly windy, very cloudy, and totally without moisture of any type.  Then today, nothing but blue skies, moderate temps and light wind (at least until late afternoon.)  I was on call for work but was able to get…