Palo Duro Canyon

I visited Palo Duro Lake on Thursday in the northern part of the panhandle and then on Friday I drove south an hour or so to the central part of the panhandle to Palo Duro Canyon.  I saw several birds that I hadn’t yet seen this year, but unfortunately, I had not charged my camera…

More Photos from Spring Canyon

Here’s a few more birds photographed at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon last week Semi-palmated Sandpiper Say’s Phoebe Franklin’s Gull Blue-winged Teal Rufous-crowned Sparrow Belted Kingfisher Lesser Yellowlegs Lark Sparrow Bewick’s Wren Song Sparrow American Kestrels Swainson’s Hawk. this wasn’t actually at Spring Canyon, but on the road as I was going there.

Last of the Spring Photos

Here’s a few photographs that I haven’t gotten around to posting from the last several weeks. Black-crested Titmouse Blue-winged Teal Canyon Towhee House Finch White-winged Dove Lark Sparrow Least Sandpiper Lesser Yellowlegs Long-billed dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher and Stilt Sandpiper Long-billed dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Blue-winged Teal Northern Mockingbird Pine Siskin Spotted Sandpiper Stilt…

Lesser Goldfinch

I added another bird to my life list last week. Lesser Goldfinches are a little unusual in the panhandle, but not unheard of.  This is the first one I’ve seen in the nearly 5 years I’ve been birding. I photographed this one at Palo Duro Canyon.

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,…

Scaled Quail

I ran across these Scaled Quail at Fritch Fortress the other morning. Scaled Quail (or Blue Quail as they are called around here) aren’t as common in this area as the Bobwhites are and so I was happy to be able to get a few photos of them.  The morning was very overcast and so…

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…

More Photos from 2013

Here’s a few more photos from the last 5 or 6 weeks of 2013.  I failed my resolve to post more often. I could cite a number of reasons but they would just be rationalizations.   Basically, I’m just lazy and there are too many things to do instead of this.  I go out birding…

Battle Ducks

Spring has sprung, although it’s still a bit schizo in Hutchinson County.  In the last week we’ve had 96 kph winds, snow, sleet, rain, hail, sunshine, and temps between -4° C and 25°C; a typical spring in the Texas Panhandle.  All the birds are in full breeding dress and the males are duking it out for…