Birding and Kayaking

Birding has been pretty slow around here for the last month. Well, not exactly slow-there are lots of birds around, it’s just that they are the same birds I’ve photographed and posted dozens times this summer, so I’ve not really been motivated to take a lot of photos. The good news is that the lake…

Mid-summer

Well, it’s a few days past the mid-point of summer and birding has been a bit slow around here. There are still lots of birds around, but it is either too early or too late for migration so I haven’t seen anything different for several weeks. Also, mating season is winding down, so the males…

Misty Morning on the Lake

I took the kayak out onto Meredith yesterday morning and paddled around for a couple of hours. It was cool and there was a little fog and no wind. Here’s a few photos from the lake. The little Clark’s Grebes chicks are nearly grown. I took these photos before the fog had lifted near Martin…

Birding from a Kayak

I didn’t let winter stop me from kayaking this year-I bought some cold water gear and have been getting out pretty regularly. It helps that it has been a pretty mild winter. Here’s a few pictures from a paddle last week. Green-winged Teal Great Blue Heron American Coot Northern Pintail Me in my cold water…

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…

Misc.

Here’s a few photos from the first week of fall. The photographs are from Lake Meredith National Recreation area unless otherwise noted. Red-tailed Hawk Red-bellied Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker Wild Turkey at Palo Duro Reservoir Say’s Phoebe Brown Thrasher at PDR Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and American Coots American Coots American Coots and…

Dark Days

Here’s more photographs from the last week. It’s been wonderfully rainy all week, but getting good shots of birds has been difficult. the lake is up a couple of inches, though, and that’s a nice turnaround from weeks and weeks of dropping levels. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Spotted Sandpiper Double-crested Cormorant Blue-winged Teal Great Blue…

A Hunting Green Heron

We’ve finally gotten some much needed rain the last two weeks, but it has slowed my birding and kayaking quite a bit. Here’s a Green Heron hunting and fishing in the flooded beach at the Stilling Basin, a large pond below the dam at Lake Meredith in the Canadian River wetlands.

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…