Palo Duro Lake

I haven’t been to Palo Duro Lake in a couple of months, so I decided to drive up there Wednesday morning.  Turns out it was a good idea-no lifers but several FOS birds to add to this years lists. Most exciting for me was a Baltimore Oriole, the first I’ve seen in the panhandle. Also…

Golden-crowned Sparrow

I get a daily email from eBird that lists rare sighting of birds in Texas (nerdy, I know) and over the weekend people began turning in sightings at Palo Duro Canyon of a Golden-crowned Sparrow, the first ever recorded there or in the Texas Panhandle, according to ebird. So, of course I had to go…

Palo Duro Canyon Again

Palo Duro Canyon, south of Amarillo, is one of my favorite birding spots. I usually get down there a couple of time a month. I went again a couple of days ago with my wife and two of my daughters and we hiked and climbed a bit and took photos of each other and of…

Birding with my Daughter

Last week my youngest daughter and I went to Palo Duro Canyon in Randall Co., TX. I took my camera and we spent the morning there, hiking and climbing and birding. it had been a while since she and I had done anything together and I enjoyed it immensely. Here’s a few of the photos…

Gray Catbird

I got off work this morning after a surprisingly easy 72 hours and decided to make the hour and 15 minute drive south to Palo Duro State Park. I hadn’t been down in the park since my Daughter’s wedding back in November and it was a pretty nice morning for January in the Texas Panhandle…

Good News and Bad News

I post a lot about Palo Duro Reservoir, a small man-made lake in Hansford Co.,about an hour north of my home.  It has a pretty good ratio of birds to people–lots of birds and very few people, just the way I like it.  It’s probably more crowded on weekends, but I work weekends for that…

Day Trippin’

Sheila and I took a trip to the Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area this morning.  It’s on the Canadian River just east of Canadian, TX, about a two hour drive from our house if you count coffee and restroom stops. We went up to that part of the Panhandle because I had read a report…

Singers and Fighters

It was another busy week for me last week.  Dad and my step-mom were in Amarillo at my sister’s on Monday so Sheila, my daughter, and I went to visit.  They live in Missouri and I hadn’t seen them in a while.  Had a nice visit with them and my sister and a couple of…