Winter Birds at my Feeder

Here are the last few pictures I took in 2017 from my feeders at home. 2017 was a pretty good year for birding, I saw 163 species of birds and never left the panhandle. Highlights would have to include the nesting Western Grebes and Clark’s Grebes at Meredith and the Red-breasted Nuthatch that’s been hanging…

Watering Hole

A few more pictures from Palo Duro Canyon in Randall County, Texas. I spend a lot of time here hiking and photographing birds. The park rangers at PDC have set up a blind and feeder station in the canyon and it has a water feature that the birds love. Brown Thrasher House Finch Pine Siskin…

Last of the Spring Photos

Here’s a few photographs that I haven’t gotten around to posting from the last several weeks. Black-crested Titmouse Blue-winged Teal Canyon Towhee House Finch White-winged Dove Lark Sparrow Least Sandpiper Lesser Yellowlegs Long-billed dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher and Stilt Sandpiper Long-billed dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Blue-winged Teal Northern Mockingbird Pine Siskin Spotted Sandpiper Stilt…

Birding with my Daughter

Last week my youngest daughter and I went to Palo Duro Canyon in Randall Co., TX. I took my camera and we spent the morning there, hiking and climbing and birding. it had been a while since she and I had done anything together and I enjoyed it immensely. Here’s a few of the photos…

February in the Panhandle

Here’s a few photographs from the last week or so. It’s not been too bad of a winter this year-no really bad storms or severe cold snaps, so far.  I’ve seen some pretty deep snows around here in March, though, so I’m still not putting up my long johns. Here’s a few photos from the…

A Few More Photos from Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Here’s the last of the pictures from Palo Duro Canyon. Northern Mockingbird-a little surprised to see this one. NOMO are supposed to be year round residents according to Sibley, but I rarely see one in mid-winter. Northern Cardinal female and what I think is a Savannah Sparrow Cedar Waxwing. Golden-fronted Woodpecker, joined by a White-crowned…

Palo Duro Canyon in February

I hadn’t been out of Hutchinson Co. much this year-a couple of trips to McBride Canyon in Potter Co. and one to Palo Duro Reservoir up in Hansford Co, and I was getting a bit bored seeing the same old places and birds, so I took a trip down to Randall County’s Palo Duro Canyon…

Last Weeks of October

I didn’t get out much the last few weeks of October and the few times I did, the weather was not cooperative. Cloudy skies, rain, and wind kept my excursions short, but I did manage to bring home a few good shots.  The outing were a much needed opportunity to recharge after difficult days, both…

This Week in Hutchinson County

Since returning from Missouri I’ve only had a few days where the weather and my work schedule came together to allow me to go birding.  It’s been terribly windy around here the last few weeks, with a lot of very cloudy (but no rain) days.  We did get a tiny bit of rain one day…

It’s not a Competition

Birding isn’t a competitive activity but I confess that I do get annoyed a bit when I read that someone has seen a bird in Hutchinson county that I’ve yet to see. I report my bird sightings to a website (www.ebird.org) maintained by the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. There aren’t many folks locally that use…