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…

Second Half

Half the year is gone and the long, hot panhandle summer has settled in.  The heat is not quite as hellish as it was last week, but it still pretty warm and very dry.  We’re supposed to get a break next week–hope it pans out. I’ve been out birding daily except for the two days…

Anniversary

I took my first bird photo on June 13, 2011.  Those of you that have been following me from the beginning (all three of you) know that those first pics were taken with a Kodak Easyshare that I borrowed from my daughter.  A few months later a bought a Canon Rebel T3 and then, last…

Both Sides Now*

One of my favorite things about getting old (besides not dropping dead) is that I get to experience the things that I bitched about as a younger man.  For example, I went to Amarillo today to get some parts to repair our toilet and on the way back I decided, suddenly, to drive down a…

A Raven and a Mockingbird

I’m not sure why this Northern Mockingbird is harassing this Chihuahuan Raven.  He wasn’t around any nests, or even close to any trees where the mockingbird might have built a nest.  Maybe he just doesn’t care for ravens.  The killdeer had a good reason to be excited, though, their nest wasn’t that far away and they were…

Thursday

It’s Thursday, nothing much happening, so I had breakfast with some old friends. The Northern Rough-winged Swallow wasn’t quite ready. A Blue Grosbeak joined for breakfast by his SO.  I felt like a third wheel. A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher having dining alone. Then a good scratch for a hard to reach spot. A Ladder-backed Woodpecker picking up…

Three Tenors

As I was headed to my truck this morning after my shift at work I heard a bird singing in the pasture across the street.  I didn’t recognize the song so I unpacked the camera and binoculars and went to see what it was.  After a few minutes of listening, looking, and walking I located…

New Birds

Tuesday was another  cloudy, cool morning.  The good news was that there was very little wind-thebad news is no rain yet, even though it’s been overcast since Sunday morning.  I made the rounds at Meredith this morning and had a pretty good day birding with two new birds.  Unfortunately the photography wasn’t so hot.  Set…