Wilson’s Snipe

There’s been a small flock of Wilson’s Snipes at Spring Canyon for the last few weeks. They’re pretty shy and I’ve not gotten any good shots of them until yesterday. This year is the first year I’ve seen them at all around here, but they aren’t considered unusual for Hutchinson Co. When ever I see…

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…

Time Flies

Time sure gets away from me.  I’ve not published anything in a month.  I have been birding, just not as much as usual, lots of things vying for my time.  Some of the them I wish I could just skip, work and mowing spring to mind.  Others are things I should have been doing all…

More Spring Birds

Black-necked Stilt Spotted Sandpiper Northern Cardinal from the Missouri trip Blue Jay, also taken in Missouri Great Blue Heron in Missouri.  All three of these birds are common in the Texas Panhandle.  The color green is not. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher after a bath Yellow-headed Blackbird in a mesquite bush. Red-winged Blackbird on last year’s cattails Western…

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

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…

More Birds from Palo Duro Reservoir

I drove up to  Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County yesterday for a change of pace.  I’ve been hitting the same spots around Hutchinson County for a while and I was getting a little bored with the same places.  Palo Duro  is about an hour’s drive northeast of where I live and is formed by…

A Few More Birds From May

Along with the Lingering Ducks and Shorebirds the last few weeks there has been an infusion of songbirds.  Leaves are finally out in spite of late frosts and drought, and there are green shoots rising through last year’s dead cattail beds at Spring Canyon, but the grass is still dormant everywhere except in well-watered lawns.…

Panhandle Spring

Spring is in full swing here in the Texas Panhandle.  I wish that meant April showers and May flowers but mostly it just means wind.  Heat also, wind and heat.  Unless it’s cold, then it means wind and cold.  Dry, don’t forget dry, as in windy and dry, really, really dry.  How dry is it,…

The Kids Are Alright

I saw a lot of youngsters around this week.  The only thing wrong with that is that they are sometimes a bit difficulty to identify.  I hope that I got all these right.  I forked over the cash for a Sibley Guide to help figure it out. Barn Swallow juveniles differ from the adults by…