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…

Waterfowl

Here’s a few photos of some of the late winter waterfowl I’ve seen in the last week or so. Redheads and Lesser Scaups at Spring Canyon. American Wigeons at Thompson Park in Amarillo Mallards and a hybrid Mallard or Manky Duck.  The hybrid is possibly a cross between an Mallard (note the curly tail feathers…

A Few More Photos from the Last Couple of Weeks

I really like wrens.  They are tiny little birds and they act like they are the kings of the world.  Bewick’s and Rock Wrens are the most common around here although I did see a Marsh Wren last January at Spring Canyon. Bewick’s Wren This Rock Wren was singing from the top of a utility pole…

Shorebirds

The southwest end of Lake Meredith is about 4 (maybe more) miles further north than it was in 1984.  The surface area of the lake is probably less than one-third (possibly closer to a quarter) of what it was then.  A lot of the southern end is very shallow now because of all the silt…

Songbirds and Shorebirds

All last week I thought I had to work today but a last second reprieve (thanks, Rochelle) found me out at the lake this morning on one of those panhandle rarities, a windless day.  I took full advantage of it and walked several miles, the first good walk I’ve had since last fall.  I spent…

Rough 3 Weeks

This is my first post since the 19th of February.  It’s been a rough 3 weeks with snowstorms, illness, 60 mph winds, and to top it off, lots of overtime at work. I’ve only gotten out the lake to take pictures 2 or 3 times in the last 3 weeks and most of the pictures…

10/11/12

I had a good couple of days birding-wise this week.  The migrations are ramping up and I’m seeing lots of waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes as well as a few songbirds coming though. The first Bald Eagle that I’ve seen at Meredith this year showed up on Wednesday (10/10/12).  Of course the regulars like Great Blue…

Finally!

I photographed a new bird for my lists yesterday- a Red-bellied Woodpecker!  Summer is a pretty quiet time for birds in the Texas Panhandle.  There are still birds around–Flycatchcers, kingbirds, mockingbirds, lark and Rufous-crowned and Cassin’s Sparrows, Mississippi Kites, orioles, finches, and grackles, but nowhere near the number of species that you can see in the…

Crummy Weather

The weather in Hutchinson County has been particularly ugly for the past week.  The Monday we came back from the coast was very windy–there were gusts up to 60 miles an hour.  The dust was so bad that there was a multi-car pileup on 287 north of Childress that closed both the north and southbound…