Palo Duro Lake

I haven’t been to Palo Duro Lake in a couple of months, so I decided to drive up there Wednesday morning.  Turns out it was a good idea-no lifers but several FOS birds to add to this years lists. Most exciting for me was a Baltimore Oriole, the first I’ve seen in the panhandle. Also…

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  

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…

Last Week at Palo Duro Lake

I drove up to Palo Duro Lake last week. It’s a small lake about an hour north of my home and is a pretty good birding site. Here’s a few of the pictures I took up there. Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker Mississippi Kite Juvenile Mississippi Kite Female Bullock’s Oriole Female Painted Bunting Lark Sparrow Turkey Vultures…

Mid-summer in the Texas Panhandle

Here’s a few photos of birds I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. It’s mostly just the old stand-bys, but there were a couple of surprises. Red-headed Woodpecker at Lake Meredith’s Bugbee Shores. Wilson’s Phalarope at a playa near Panhandle, Texas. One of the surprises-a Dowitcher, but I’m not sure if it’s a long-…

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,…

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…

Palo Duro Reservoir

I drove up to Palo Duro Reservoir north of Spearman, Texas a few days ago and logged one of the highest species counts I’ve ever had-31 different birds in about 3 hours of hiking and driving around the lake and the area below the dam.  One of the sightings was a Swainson’s Thrush.  They aren’t…

Peregrine Falcon

I saw a juvenile Peregrine Falcon earlier this week at the lake.  It’s a first for me. Swainson’s Hawk.  I can’t wait until the corn and milo harvest.  The combines clear the fields and disturb the mice and voles and Swainson’s and Red-tailed Hawks  follow the combines and feast. Cattle Egret.  60 or more of…