Birding Spring Canyon

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area’s Spring Canyon is one of my favorite places to take photos. The morning light is excellent and it is protected from the southwest winds by the dam.  There are several ponds and wetlands and all are fairly easily accessed. Here are a few photographs from earlier this week. Killdeer American…

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…

Early Summer Birds

Here’s a few photos from around the panhandle of Texas taken in the first few weeks of summer. Killdeer chick Painted Bunting Northern Cardinal (adult male and a juvenile) Golden-fronted Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak Greater Roadrunner Tree Swallow Ash-throated Flycatcher Western Kingbird American Avocet Mississippi Kite  

Long-billed Dowitcher

There’s been a long-billed Dowitcher at Spring Canyon for the last week. I see them during migrations every year, so it’s not an new bird for me but it is a pretty cool looking bird and it didn’t seem to mind me taking pictures of it as it grazed. It was a little overcast and…

More Waders and Shorebirds

A few more photos of shorebirds and waders from around the panhandle I have a lot of trouble telling these apart from the Greater Yellowlegs, but I believe this bird is a Lesser Yellowlegs. The larger, out-of-focus bird is a female Northern Shoveler Spotted Sandpiper White-faced Ibis Cattle Egret Killdeer Snowy Egret Wilson’s Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs,…

Shorebirds

It’s raining buckets this morning and I postponed a trip south to Buffalo Lake NWR that had been planned with my wife and one of our daughters. We’ll try again next week when I get off work. Here are a few photographs of some shorebirds I saw at Spring Canyon earlier this week. Wilson’s Snipe…

Late Winter Birds

Here’s a few more photos from several outings in early March. Savannah Sparrow Red-tailed Hawk Great Blue Heron American Wigeon Snow Goose coming in for a landing Dark Morph Snow Goose Field Sparrow Ladder-backed Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker females Mallards Blue-winged Teal Greater Yellowlegs Killdeer Osprey Song Sparrow  

It’s a Small World

In my wanderings over the past few weeks I’ve come across a few youngsters out exploring their world. They edge further and further from mom as they grow bolder, nervously glancing around, always ready to bolt to maternal safely at the slightest sound or movement. I thought you might enjoy a few photos of the next…

Bewick’s Wren

I saw this Bewick’s Wren at the southwestern end of Lake Meredith in a camping area called McBride Canyon.  Even at it’s fullest, I dont think the lake ever made it this far south, but the Canadian River, when it’s flowing is about a mile from here. Also nearby is the Alibates Flint Quarry, where…

A Few Miscellaneous Photos From Late Spring

I’ve been pretty busy at work the last month or so and haven’t posted much. I have been birding, though and so here are a few photos. The best areas for birding in the last month or so have been the farms and pastures north and south of us. The playa lakes are full and…