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…

Winter at Spring Canyon

Spring Canyon is my favorite place to take pictures in Hutchinson County for several reasons.  It’s easy to get to and even in the summer it’s not crowded in the early morning.  It well protected from winds from the southwest (our prevailing wind source in the summer) and the north (prevailing wind source in the…

Another Good Week of Birding

I had another good week of birding; the weather was nice and we even had rain today.  I don’t know how much, but it rained fairly steady for about 12 hours and the temp stayed above freezing so the roads weren’t bad at all.  There was still quite a bit of ice on Meredith yesterday…