Green Heron

I saw this Green Heron at Spring Canyon a few days ago. They are migrants through here each fall and spring. They aren’t very big, only about a foot and a half tall with their neck stretched out and they weigh about half a pound. This one was preening, although he did make a grab…

Late Summer Birding

Barn Swallow at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon. Black-crested Titmouse at Palo Duro Canyon. Black-crowned Night Heron at Lake Meredith. Brown-headed Cowbird at Palo Duro Canyon. Burrowing Owl in Carson County. Canyon Towhee at Palo Duro Canyon. Great Blue Heron at Spring Canyon. Lark Sparrow at Palo Duro Canyon. Loggerhead Shrike in Carson County. Northern Cardinal…

First Days of Summer

I drove up to Palo Duro Lake yesterday, a small lake about an hour’s drive north of my house. The lake itself is nearly dried up, but it is still a pretty good place to bird. Eastern Kingbird Mississippi Kite. I saw this Green Heron this morning at Lake Meredith’s Bugbee Canyon.  

A Hawk, Herons and a Gull

I drove to Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County last week and on the drive up came across this juvenile Swainson’s Hawk. I couldn’t tell what he was dining on but he seemed to be enjoying it. A few days later I was at Bugbee Canyon at Lake Meredith and got these early morning shots…

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…