Catching Up

OK, I admit it, I’m not doing a very good job at keeping this blog up to date.  It’s just that, well, it’s summer, you know. And not just summer, but one of the nicest summers we’ve had in a while.  Summers over the last decade or so have been miserable affairs. They’ve been hot…

Horned Lark

Here’s another bird from my tours of the farmlands around the northern Texas Panhandle-a Horned Lark.

Playas

Earlier this week we had 4 inches of rain fall in about 30 hours and some of the playa lakes in the area that have been dry for over a year finally have a little water in them. It didn’t take the birds long to find them and I was able to get some nice photos,…

Pictures from Spring Canyon

I took a few photos at Spring Canyon this morning-nothing too exciting, not like a Sedge Wren or anything, but some nice photos at any rate.  The weather was overcast and kind of windy, but it is the Texas Panhandle and wind is always expected and we never complain about clouds (well, actually, I do,…

Lessons in Humility

Every time I think I’m getting pretty good at this birding stuff, someone comes along and takes me down a few pegs. This week it happened twice.  The first was an email from an ebird rep wanting more information on a sighting I had earlier this month.  I reported an American Tree Sparrow and he…

Great Horned Owl

I saw a pair of Great Horned Owls this morning at Spring Canyon, the first I’ve seen since last spring. They were in a tree at the bottom of the hill as you enter the canyon. There have been other sightings this year by other birders in different areas of the lake, and I’m sure…

Fields and Playas

Yesterday I drove the back roads south of my home and ended up making a big loop through Borger, Panhandle, and the outskirts of Amarillo, checking out the playas and fields for birds. None of these places are really that great for photographing birds as they are all on private property and so I couldn’t…

More Photos from Monday’s Outing

As promised, here’s more pictures from the Monday morning adventure. Northern Cardinal Townsend’s Solitaire. Not a very good photo, but he was determinedly ignoring me. Baird’s Sandpiper (best guess, sandpipers are tough) Spotted Sandpiper Wilson’s Phalarope Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) Western Kingbird Eared Grebe Great Horned Owlet

What the Wind Blew In

Did I mention that it’s been windy on the high plains this spring?  Spring usually is, but this year has been especially so.  I’ve lost count of the days that wind speeds have topped 30 mph sustained and today is going to top that again, with gusts up to 70 mph according to the weathermen.…

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Birding is always fun, even more so when the seasons start changing. I saw my first warblers of the year yesterday, a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers.  One was a Myrtle subspecies and the other was an Audubon’s.  Both are males, I think, but the Audubon’s may be female-the yellow stripe on the top of its head…