Osprey

The birding has picked up a bit in the last few days, but I’m still not seeing a lot of birds except when I kayak to the southwest end of the lake. There are quite a few Blue-winged Teal.\, Northern Shovelers, Pied-billed Grebes and the like down in the cattails, but I haven’t been able…

A Few Birds From Last week

I’m starting to see a few birds migrating through, now. Not a lot, but a few. The trade-off is that a lot of the summer birds have already left and I miss them. I haven’t seen any kites for a week or more, same with the buntings and grosbeaks. Time marches relentlessly onward. I went…

Last of Last Year’s Photos

Here’s the last of the photographs from 2016. I’m finally getting caught up a bit. All photos were taken at Lake Meredith (unless otherwise noted) in late November and December. American Wigeon Blue-winged Teal Female Golden-fronted Woodpecker at Palo Duro Canyon Great Blue Heron American Coots Loggerhead Shrike Northern Cardinal at Palo Duro Canyon Osprey…

Dark Days

Here’s more photographs from the last week. It’s been wonderfully rainy all week, but getting good shots of birds has been difficult. the lake is up a couple of inches, though, and that’s a nice turnaround from weeks and weeks of dropping levels. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Spotted Sandpiper Double-crested Cormorant Blue-winged Teal Great Blue…

Late Winter Birds

Here’s a few more photos from several outings in early March. Savannah Sparrow Red-tailed Hawk Great Blue Heron American Wigeon Snow Goose coming in for a landing Dark Morph Snow Goose Field Sparrow Ladder-backed Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker females Mallards Blue-winged Teal Greater Yellowlegs Killdeer Osprey Song Sparrow  

September Raptors

The Mississippi Kites seem to have headed south in the last week or so, although I did see one up at Palo Duro Reservoir two days ago. I’m a little sad to see them go-I always enjoy watching them raise their chicks. To make their going a bit easier, I spotted the first of the…

Birding and Kayaking

I finally got the nerve up to take my camera out with me on the kayak. A few days ago I bought a water-proof bag large enough to put it and the 500mm lens into, and this morning I packed everything up and headed for the lake. I’ve been exploring the south end of the…

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…

Out of Season

I came across a couple of birds last week that I was surprised to see this late in the year. Both are usually only seen around here in spring and fall.  I love watching birds, whether it’s a House Sparrow or a Red-tailed Hawk, but it’s always a treat to see something you don’t expect.…

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

The weekend was beautiful with moderate temps, clear skies, and no wind-unfortunately I had to work. This morning I left the station before sunup and headed to Spring Canyon and as it started to lighten the clouds rolled in and the winds started gusting. Just my luck.  The last two weeks have been overcast almost…