American Kestrel

I’ve been very lax about posting for the last month or so. I’m not sure why, just haven’t gotten around to it. I have been out birding a lot and have taken pictures but the weather has been very gray and windy and the photos haven’t turned out well. But, here’s an American Kestrel. I’ll…

Hiking at Palo Duro Lake

Here’s a few birds I saw while hiking at Palo Duro Lake Last week. Bullock’s Oriole Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Western Kingbird Western Meadowlark Mississippi Kite American Kestrel I drove north from the lake nearly to Oklahoma trying to find the nest of a pair of Bald Eagles I had seen last week when I visited the lake. I…

Red-tailed Hawks

I saw this pair of Red-tailed Hawks at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon early yesterday morning. A very brave American Kestrel was trying to chase them off, They pretty much just ignored him.

September Raptors

The Mississippi Kites seem to have headed south in the last week or so, although I did see one up at Palo Duro Reservoir two days ago. I’m a little sad to see them go-I always enjoy watching them raise their chicks. To make their going a bit easier, I spotted the first of the…

Early August at McBride Canyon

I’ve not taken a lot of pictures in the last two weeks because I’m trying to learn how to not drown myself in a kayak. I borrowed one from a brother-in-law and enjoyed it so that I bought one for myself. I practiced a few days in a pond at Spring Canyon and have been…

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…

Summer Raptors

The fields and pastures of the Llano Estacado support a wide variety of birds of prey. Red-tailed Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, American Kestrels, Barn Owls, great Horned Owls, and Eastern Screech Owls live here year round. Winter brings Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles (but I’ve yet to get a good photo of one,) Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks,…

Spring in Hutchinson County

It’s been incredibly dry and windy here this year.  We’re already several inches behind the norm and we only get an average of 20 inches a year, though it’s been a while since we hit that mark.  The wind is rarely less than 20 mph and there have been hundreds (or so it seems) of…