Winter catch-up

Here are some photos that I never got around to posting from the last few months. Most were taken at Palo Duro Canyon. Roufous-crowned Sparrow Northern Mockingbird Hermit Thrush Golden-fronted Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker female at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon. American Goldfinch at my feeders Dark-eyed Junco at my feeders. Northern Cardinal Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow…

Birding from a Kayak

I didn’t let winter stop me from kayaking this year-I bought some cold water gear and have been getting out pretty regularly. It helps that it has been a pretty mild winter. Here’s a few pictures from a paddle last week. Green-winged Teal Great Blue Heron American Coot Northern Pintail Me in my cold water…

Gray Day

We’ve not had a lot of sunshine this week and the last 2 days have been especially dark and blustery.  We haven’t had a lot of snow, just a dusting, but it’s been very cold. I did make a couple of trips to Meredith, but the light was so bad that the photo’s lost most…

Fall Birds

I’m finally starting to see some waterfowl around Lake Meredith. Unfortunately, since the lake is up 20 feet from last year this time, it is nearly impossible to get good shots of them.  The current water level puts the south end of the lake (where most water birds like to stay because of the shallows…

Photos by Jake

I usually go birding alone.  There are a couple of reasons; I enjoy being alone for one, and the rest of my family aren’t early risers for another.  I occasionally invite my wife or one of the kids to go with me and when they do we have a great time.  I invited my wife…

Mystery Bird

Wow, 72 degrees for a high today (Wednesday, 2/6/13)–a bit windy, but a beautiful day, none-the-less.  It was cloudy and foggy at sunrise so I put off a planned trip to Gene Howe WMA, about a 90 minute drive to the northeast, and I went out to Meredith to see if anything was happening.  Most…

Good Start

I spent the first two mornings of 2013 at Lake Meredith.  The last week has been pretty cold and we had a little storm on New Year’s Eve so there was a great deal of ice on the lake.  Several of the ponds in Spring Canyon were frozen.  The last two mornings have been cold…

Northern Harrier

Well, it’s been nearly 2 weeks since I posted, sorry about that, I just haven’t been able to find the time to get everything organized for a new post.  I have been busy taking photos, though, and have a lot to post today.  It’s been a pretty interesting 2 weeks for birding.  In the last…

Bird Nerd

I’m sure most birders that use eBird have received some version of this email: “I am a regional data reviewer for eBird. My goal is to keep up with data submissions and try to ensure the accuracy of reports of rare and unusual species, as well as unusually high counts of common species. Can you please…

Northern.*

It’s a beautiful day in Hutchinson county, near 7o°F, sunny, and as close to windless as it gets around here.  Earlier I went out to Fritch Fortress to see if the Bald Eagles were still around–in the last post I had mentioned that I hadn’t seen them.  They were there today.  I guess the winds…