More Photos from Spring Canyon

Here’s a few more birds photographed at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon last week Semi-palmated Sandpiper Say’s Phoebe Franklin’s Gull Blue-winged Teal Rufous-crowned Sparrow Belted Kingfisher Lesser Yellowlegs Lark Sparrow Bewick’s Wren Song Sparrow American Kestrels Swainson’s Hawk. this wasn’t actually at Spring Canyon, but on the road as I was going there.

Misc.

Here’s a few photos from the first week of fall. The photographs are from Lake Meredith National Recreation area unless otherwise noted. Red-tailed Hawk Red-bellied Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker Wild Turkey at Palo Duro Reservoir Say’s Phoebe Brown Thrasher at PDR Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and American Coots American Coots American Coots and…

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…

Last Pictures from the Missouri Trip

Here’s the last of the photos from our vacation to southwestern Missouri. Most were taken from the back porch of my parent’s house. Tufted Titmoue Red-bellied Woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Northern Cardinal White-breasted Nuthatch American Robin and young Eastern Bluebird Eastern Phoebe Blue Jay Downy Woodpecker Indigo Bunting

Golden-crowned Sparrow

I get a daily email from eBird that lists rare sighting of birds in Texas (nerdy, I know) and over the weekend people began turning in sightings at Palo Duro Canyon of a Golden-crowned Sparrow, the first ever recorded there or in the Texas Panhandle, according to ebird. So, of course I had to go…

This Week at Lake Meredith

I’m seeing lots of migrants through Hutchinson Co., now, and some summer birds have arrived as well. Virginia Rails and Soras can be heard almost daily in the marshes below the dam in Spring Canyon. I saw Say’s and Eastern Phoebes at Spring Canyon and at McBride and Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teals on the Stillin…

A Few Birds from McBride Canyon

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was at Lake Meredith’s McBride Canyon a few weeks ago. Yellow-rumped Warbler Red-tailed Hawk Curve-billed Thrasher Song Sparrow Say’s Phoebe Rufous-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Snow Geese

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…

Bald Eagle

I spotted my first Bald Eagles of the season this morning at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford Co.  There was a pair of them on Palo Duro Creek about a mile south of the dam  That’s about a month earlier than last year for this location.  I had seen a lone Bald Eagle in June…

Brown Thrasher

I came across this Brown Thrasher at Palo Duro Reservoir last week.  It’s not an uncommon bird for the area according to Sibley’s, but it’s the first one I’ve seen.  They seem to be a lot less bold than their cousin, the Curve-billed Thrasher (there’s a Curve-bill that frequents my yard year round.) I heard…