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…

February in the Panhandle

Here’s a few photographs from the last week or so. It’s not been too bad of a winter this year-no really bad storms or severe cold snaps, so far.  I’ve seen some pretty deep snows around here in March, though, so I’m still not putting up my long johns. Here’s a few photos from the…

Catching up

I haven’t posted in a few weeks so I thought I’d catch up with a pretty large photo dump. I’ve been birding quite a lot but for some reason can’t seem to bring myself to do the drudge work of editing and posting. Meredith is up over 64 feet for the first time in nearly…

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…

Lessons in Humility

Every time I think I’m getting pretty good at this birding stuff, someone comes along and takes me down a few pegs. This week it happened twice.  The first was an email from an ebird rep wanting more information on a sighting I had earlier this month.  I reported an American Tree Sparrow and he…

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpeckers are one of the most common year-round woodpeckers in this area (Northern Flickers are another very common species, especially in the winter.)  I see at least one nearly every time I go birding. They are small black and white striped birds that are very quick as they search for insects among the mesquites…

In the Morning When I Rise

I love being out at the lake early in the morning before anyone else gets out there.  I wish my photos did justice to the beauty of these frosty mornings. Bufflehead Western Meadowlark American Coot Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Birding is always fun, even more so when the seasons start changing. I saw my first warblers of the year yesterday, a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers.  One was a Myrtle subspecies and the other was an Audubon’s.  Both are males, I think, but the Audubon’s may be female-the yellow stripe on the top of its head…

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…

Crummy Weather

My last post was 18 days ago, the longest time I’ve gone without posting.  It’s not that there haven’t been birds around to look at, there’s been plenty, but I just haven’t been able to get around as much I like, and when I have the weather has not cooperated at all.  I’ve lived in…