Winter Birds at my Feeder

Here are the last few pictures I took in 2017 from my feeders at home. 2017 was a pretty good year for birding, I saw 163 species of birds and never left the panhandle. Highlights would have to include the nesting Western Grebes and Clark’s Grebes at Meredith and the Red-breasted Nuthatch that’s been hanging…

Last Week at Palo Duro Canyon

I took a trip down to PDC last week and did a little hiking and birding. I didn’t see anything unusual but even so, a morning birding is still a fine morning. Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow Hermit Thrush and a White-crowned Sparrow Northern Cardinal female Northern Cardinal male Northern Mockingbird Spotted Towhee

Early Fall at Palo Duro Canyon

I drove out to Palo Duro Canyon last week and took a few photos at the blind there. I didn’t see anything terribly unusual, but I did get a photo of a White-throated Sparrow. It’s a bit early for them to be here.  The rest of the shots are of the regulars. Northern Cardinal male…

Morning Bath

Pictures from early morning birding at Palo Duro Canyon last week. Northern Cardinal A Painted Bunting female and an Indigo Bunting female Indigo Bunting female Bewick’s Wren Black-crested Titmouse Eastern Phoebe  

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…

Northern Flickers

Came across this yellow shafted Northern Flicker pair at Lake Meredith’s McBride Canyon while hiking one morning. At first I was a bit confused as to what was going on-they both seemed to be males, but after a bit of research I discovered that the yellow shafted sub-species of Northern Flickers can be further divided…

April’s Parting Shots

Here’s a few photos from April that I just never got around to posting. Curve-billed Thrasher at Palo Duro Canyon Chihuahuan Ravens at McBride Canyon, Lake Meredith Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith Morning Dove, Spring Canyon Savannah Sparrow, Spring Canyon Yellow-headed Blackbirds Spring Canyon   American Avocets coming in for a landing.…

Catching Up

I should be ashamed, I’ve neglected this blog the last couple of weeks and I’ve no real excuse-I’ve been birding, I’ve been taking pictures, and even processing them. I’ve got them ready to post, I just haven’t done it. there’s been a couple of birthdays, my own was one, I turned 62 this year and…

Early Morning Walk at Spring Canyon

I got up early the other morning and drove out to Spring Canyon at Lake Meredith and walked around the several ponds there. It was a beautiful morning, especially for the last week of winter and I was lucky enough to get several nice photos. Enjoy. Cinnamon Teal and Blue-winged Teal Ruddy Duck female Belted…