Injured Birds

I drove out to a farming area just north of Panhandle Tx., that I visit regularly. There is usually a playa there, it’s dry now, but there are still a lot of birds in the area. I normally am able to catch several different kinds of hawks, depending on the time of year and lots…

180

I posted my 180th bird sighting for the year today, my best year ever and it’s only 2/3rds gone.  My previous best was 171 back in 2013 and that year we took trips to the coast and to Missouri to see birds (okay, my parents live in Missouri,) and we didn’t get to the coast…

More Photos from the Last Week of July

Canyon Towhees at Palo Duro State Park south of Amarillo White-faced Ibis at Lake Meredith Northern Mockingbird at Palo Duro Reservoir north of Spearman Eastern Kingbird at Palo Duro Reservoir Mississippi Kite Western Grebe at Lake Meredith Clark’s Grebe chick Great Blue Herons and Ring-billed Gulls at Lake Meredith Cattle Egrets at Meredith Grasshopper Sparrows…

Late April and Early May

Here’s a few pictures that I didn’t get around to posting from late April and the first part of May, before we took off for Missouri. All were photographed around Lake Meredith except for the Cedar Waxwing and the Red-tailed Hawk which was at Palo Duro Reservoir and the Dickcissels, White-faced Ibis, and Black-crowned Night-Heron…

This Week at Lake Meredith

I’m seeing lots of migrants through Hutchinson Co., now, and some summer birds have arrived as well. Virginia Rails and Soras can be heard almost daily in the marshes below the dam in Spring Canyon. I saw Say’s and Eastern Phoebes at Spring Canyon and at McBride and Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teals on the Stillin…

Early Fall

The last few weeks have been a little hectic for me and I haven’t been able to go birding as much as I want. It seems that the days that I could get out were dark and dreary days with heavy clouds and lots of rain.  The rain was pretty wide-spread and Meredith certainly benefited…

More Pictures from the Playas

The playas and fields around here seem to have the most bird action right now, what with the corn being harvested and the milo harvest about to start. Here’s a few shots from earlier in the week. Black-crowned Night-Heron Black-crowned Night-Heron and White-faced Ibis. American Coot Ruddy Duck

Black-crowned Night-Heron

The rain in the Panhandle of Texas has slacked off a little over the last few weeks but the playas around the area seem to be getting fuller.  I made the rounds of the local ones a few days ago and was rewarded with these photos of a Black-crowned Night Heron shortly after sunrise, hunting…

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…

Playas

Earlier this week we had 4 inches of rain fall in about 30 hours and some of the playa lakes in the area that have been dry for over a year finally have a little water in them. It didn’t take the birds long to find them and I was able to get some nice photos,…