Palo Duro Canyon

I visited Palo Duro Lake on Thursday in the northern part of the panhandle and then on Friday I drove south an hour or so to the central part of the panhandle to Palo Duro Canyon.  I saw several birds that I hadn’t yet seen this year, but unfortunately, I had not charged my camera…

A Few More Birds From Last Week

Here’s a few more birds I saw in my outings last week. Blue Grosbeak Painted Bunting Canada Goose Bewicks Wren Lark Sparrow Juvenile Orchard Oriole Western Kingbird Brown-headed Cowbird Red-winged Blackbird American Coot

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…