Miscellany

Here’s yet another post to try to catch up a little. I go  birding almost daily, missing 2 or 3 days a week because of work and I usually take pictures. I’m not a very good photographer and rely mostly on luck and take hundreds of pictures each day, hoping that there will be a…

Dressed for Success

I came across this male Eared Grebe at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon last week while birding with a friend of mine. I’ve been between 1 and 3 of these birds out there for the last couple of weeks, but this is the first one wearing his breeding plumage. Every girl crazy `bout a “Sharp Dressed…

Catching Up

I should be ashamed, I’ve neglected this blog the last couple of weeks and I’ve no real excuse-I’ve been birding, I’ve been taking pictures, and even processing them. I’ve got them ready to post, I just haven’t done it. there’s been a couple of birthdays, my own was one, I turned 62 this year and…

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…