Burrowing Owl

I took a drive Sunday morning out state highway 207 south of Borger to  Carson County and came across a prairie dog town on county road 16. Nearly every prairie dog town has a few Burrowing Owls in residence and this one was no exception. I startled the owl when I got out of my…

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…

Burrowing Owl

I took another tour of the farmlands and playas yesterday.  The wheat fields are looking great, some are starting to ripen a bit even, and the pastures are thick and green.  There are playas everywhere. There are also mosquitoes everywhere so all the swallows and flycatchers (and the mosquitoes) are in a feeding frenzy.  Even…

Pictures from Spring Canyon

I took a few photos at Spring Canyon this morning-nothing too exciting, not like a Sedge Wren or anything, but some nice photos at any rate.  The weather was overcast and kind of windy, but it is the Texas Panhandle and wind is always expected and we never complain about clouds (well, actually, I do,…

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…

Great Horned Owl

I saw a pair of Great Horned Owls this morning at Spring Canyon, the first I’ve seen since last spring. They were in a tree at the bottom of the hill as you enter the canyon. There have been other sightings this year by other birders in different areas of the lake, and I’m sure…

More Photos from Monday’s Outing

As promised, here’s more pictures from the Monday morning adventure. Northern Cardinal Townsend’s Solitaire. Not a very good photo, but he was determinedly ignoring me. Baird’s Sandpiper (best guess, sandpipers are tough) Spotted Sandpiper Wilson’s Phalarope Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) Western Kingbird Eared Grebe Great Horned Owlet

What the Wind Blew In

Did I mention that it’s been windy on the high plains this spring?  Spring usually is, but this year has been especially so.  I’ve lost count of the days that wind speeds have topped 30 mph sustained and today is going to top that again, with gusts up to 70 mph according to the weathermen.…

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…

Spring in Hutchinson County

It’s been incredibly dry and windy here this year.  We’re already several inches behind the norm and we only get an average of 20 inches a year, though it’s been a while since we hit that mark.  The wind is rarely less than 20 mph and there have been hundreds (or so it seems) of…