Northern Flickers

Came across this yellow shafted Northern Flicker pair at Lake Meredith’s McBride Canyon while hiking one morning. At first I was a bit confused as to what was going on-they both seemed to be males, but after a bit of research I discovered that the yellow shafted sub-species of Northern Flickers can be further divided…

Hansford County

I took a drive north of my house last week and ended up at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County. Heres a few of the birds I saw on the trip. Ring-necked Pheasant Loggerhead Shrike Eastern Bluebird. There was several Easterns and Mountain Bluebirds there and this one kinda of confused me, it’s so drab.…

Northern Flicker

I drove up to Palo Duro Reservoir early one morning last week and was rewarded with photos of an inter-grade Northern Flicker. I am lucky enough to live in an area where the territories of the red-shafted (western US) and yellow-shafted (eastern US) sub-species overlap and so see these pretty regularly year round. In areas…

Roadrunners, Woodpeckers, Teals, and Gulls

Last week was really a pretty nice week for birding in the Texas Panhandle. I saw a lot of birds and roamed over a large chunk of the central Texas panhandle.  The weather was pretty nice and I had good company when I wanted it and made a few solo runs when I wanted that.…

February in the Panhandle

Here’s a few photographs from the last week or so. It’s not been too bad of a winter this year-no really bad storms or severe cold snaps, so far.  I’ve seen some pretty deep snows around here in March, though, so I’m still not putting up my long johns. Here’s a few photos from the…

A Northern Flicker and a Least Sandpiper at Spring Canyon

Northern Flickers are year round birds in this part of the Texas Panhandle. I see more of the yellow-shafted variety in the summer and the red-shafted race in the winter. I’m not sure why. Here’s a red-shafted Northern Flicker at Spring Canyon a few weeks ago. Least Sandpipers are spring and fall migrants. This one…

Woodies

Earlier this week I went to Palo Duro Reservoir. It had been a month or so since I’d been there and I was hoping to see some waterfowl and shore birds that might have stopped over for a rest during migration. Unfortunately, there was neither on the morning I was there. There was, however, a…

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…

Mid-summer in the Texas Panhandle

Here’s a few photos of birds I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. It’s mostly just the old stand-bys, but there were a couple of surprises. Red-headed Woodpecker at Lake Meredith’s Bugbee Shores. Wilson’s Phalarope at a playa near Panhandle, Texas. One of the surprises-a Dowitcher, but I’m not sure if it’s a long-…

Northern Flicker

Watched four Northern Flickers (Yellow-shafted) males (at least I think they were all males) at the park here in town this morning for several minutes.  They seemed to be working out territorial boundaries. Pretty funny to watch, especially the two that chased each other on the ground around the park.