Early Summer Birds

Here’s a few photos from around the panhandle of Texas taken in the first few weeks of summer. Killdeer chick Painted Bunting Northern Cardinal (adult male and a juvenile) Golden-fronted Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak Greater Roadrunner Tree Swallow Ash-throated Flycatcher Western Kingbird American Avocet Mississippi Kite  

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

Rainy Day Birding

I left the house early one morning last week to go birding at Lake Meredith. It was overcast when I left and by the time I got to Spring Canyon it was pouring so hard I could barely see the road. I checked the weather maps and it seemed to be dryer south of us,…

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…

Painted Bunting

I photographed a Painted Bunting earlier this week at Palo Duro Canyon just south of Amarillo, TX.  First one I’ve seen this year.

Kids at the Park

My work week ended Monday morning at 0700 and I decided to drive down to Palo Duro Canyon, a state park about an hour south of where I live.  I stopped for a few minutes at a playa near the town of Panhandle, Tx that has water in for the first time since last fall.…

Painted Buntings

Painted Buntings are one of the more colorful songbirds we see here in the Panhandle each summer.  They are pretty easy to spot, not only because of the color, but because of their distinctive song.  I haven’t seen any for the last week or so.  I guess they’ve headed south already. Here’s a couple of…

Time Flies

Time sure gets away from me.  I’ve not published anything in a month.  I have been birding, just not as much as usual, lots of things vying for my time.  Some of the them I wish I could just skip, work and mowing spring to mind.  Others are things I should have been doing all…

Birds of Summer

I’ve really been enjoying the changing of the guard around here for the last month or so.  Most of the winter birds are gone, migrating shorebirds and warblers are still on the march, and in the last week or two the summer residents have started arriving.  Two of my favorites showed up this morning-a Swainson’s…

Good News and Bad News

I post a lot about Palo Duro Reservoir, a small man-made lake in Hansford Co.,about an hour north of my home.  It has a pretty good ratio of birds to people–lots of birds and very few people, just the way I like it.  It’s probably more crowded on weekends, but I work weekends for that…