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…

Western Grebes

I finally was able to get the kayak out yesterday-April had been a terrible month for yakking, the worst of the year so far. Between cold, rain, snow, wind and work I hadn’t been able to get the boat out in over 3 weeks, so yesterday I did and it was a beautiful afternoon for…

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…

Last of Last Year’s Photos

Here’s the last of the photographs from 2016. I’m finally getting caught up a bit. All photos were taken at Lake Meredith (unless otherwise noted) in late November and December. American Wigeon Blue-winged Teal Female Golden-fronted Woodpecker at Palo Duro Canyon Great Blue Heron American Coots Loggerhead Shrike Northern Cardinal at Palo Duro Canyon Osprey…

Time Flies

I just noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a month. I’m not sure why, I’ve been birding and photographing birds, and hiking and photographing birds, and kayaking and photographing birds, and sitting in the yard drinking beer and photographing birds, so I have several hundred pictures, but I only have gotten around to moving…

Great Gettin’ up Morning

I got up early this morning, loaded the kayak into the back of the truck in the dark and drove out to Lake Meredith in time to watch the sunrise from the middle of the lake. I could hear a couple of hunters in the cattails at the far southwestern end of the lake and I…

180

I posted my 180th bird sighting for the year today, my best year ever and it’s only 2/3rds gone.  My previous best was 171 back in 2013 and that year we took trips to the coast and to Missouri to see birds (okay, my parents live in Missouri,) and we didn’t get to the coast…

Birds, Boats, and Beautiful Weather

We’ve had a rather dry summer so far this year, a return to the drought of the last decade or so, only not quite as bad as it was before. We were fortunate to have a really wet summer last year and our local lake went from nearly gone to about 25% capacity.  It’s still…