Early Summer Birds

Here’s a few photos from around the panhandle of Texas taken in the first few weeks of summer. Killdeer chick Painted Bunting Northern Cardinal (adult male and a juvenile) Golden-fronted Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak Greater Roadrunner Tree Swallow Ash-throated Flycatcher Western Kingbird American Avocet Mississippi Kite  

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Here’s another new lifer for me that I saw on our Missouri trip. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are in the same family as cardinals and buntings, a rather colorful family of Passeriformes or perching birds. We have Painted Buntings here in the summer as well as Blue Grosbeaks. Black-headed Grosbeaks are fall and spring migrants through the…

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-…

Photos from Early May

Here’s a few photographs from earlier in May that I haven’t gotten around to posting. May has been an interesting month with lots of rain and much cooler than normal temps.The lake is rising (up to 46.77 today from 26.5 36 months ago) and the countryside is greener than I’ve seen in quite a while.…

Kids at the Park

My work week ended Monday morning at 0700 and I decided to drive down to Palo Duro Canyon, a state park about an hour south of where I live.  I stopped for a few minutes at a playa near the town of Panhandle, Tx that has water in for the first time since last fall.…

Rare Bird

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted.  I’m not sure why I’ve been avoiding the blog-maybe it seems too much like work, I don’t really know.  I’m going to try making shorter, but more frequent posts to see if that works better for me.  I’ve been out birding as much as ever, but…

Dog Days and Birds

We’ve had a surprisingly mild summer in the Texas Panhandle this year.  The stretches of  38° C or hotter days have been pretty short, usually lasting less than a week and we’ve had several long periods of  much milder and surprisingly wet weather. Birding around here this time of year is not terribly exciting, but…

Summer Birds

A few photos of the birds I’ve seen this week. Ring-necked Duck female.  I’m not sure why she’s hanging around here, I’ve seen her several times in the last month. Ruddy Duck Red-winged Blackbird Ash-throated Flycatcher Ladder-backed Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak Greater Roadrunner with breakfast. Orchard Oriole female American White Pelican Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Red-tailed Hawk.. If…

A Few More Birds From May

Along with the Lingering Ducks and Shorebirds the last few weeks there has been an infusion of songbirds.  Leaves are finally out in spite of late frosts and drought, and there are green shoots rising through last year’s dead cattail beds at Spring Canyon, but the grass is still dormant everywhere except in well-watered lawns.…

The Kids Are Alright

I saw a lot of youngsters around this week.  The only thing wrong with that is that they are sometimes a bit difficulty to identify.  I hope that I got all these right.  I forked over the cash for a Sibley Guide to help figure it out. Barn Swallow juveniles differ from the adults by…