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…

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…

Songbirds

The summer residents have slowly been arriving over the last month or so and I’ve really been enjoying their songs. Here’s a some photos of a few of them. Ash-throated Flycatcher Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Bullock’s Oriole juvenile Yellow-headed Blackbird (not as melodious as his cousin Red-wings) Blue-gray gnatcatcher Painted Bunting

Baltimore Oriole

We have Bullock’s and Orchard Orioles all summer, but Baltimore Oriole’s are migrants through the Texas panhandle and I’ve never seen one around here. I had to drive all the way to Missouri (over 700 km) to add one to my Life List.

Last Week at Palo Duro Lake

I drove up to Palo Duro Lake last week. It’s a small lake about an hour north of my home and is a pretty good birding site. Here’s a few of the pictures I took up there. Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker Mississippi Kite Juvenile Mississippi Kite Female Bullock’s Oriole Female Painted Bunting Lark Sparrow Turkey Vultures…

It’s a Small World

In my wanderings over the past few weeks I’ve come across a few youngsters out exploring their world. They edge further and further from mom as they grow bolder, nervously glancing around, always ready to bolt to maternal safely at the slightest sound or movement. I thought you might enjoy a few photos of the next…

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…

Diz

I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s listening to rock and roll. It wasn’t until I was in college that jazz found me and although I still love rock from that time, jazz and blues are my musical passion. Unfortunately, I had nowhere near the talent to perform jazz or blues (or rock for…

Dog Days and Birds

We’ve had a surprisingly mild summer in the Texas Panhandle this year.  The stretches of  38° C or hotter days have been pretty short, usually lasting less than a week and we’ve had several long periods of  much milder and surprisingly wet weather. Birding around here this time of year is not terribly exciting, but…