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…

Mergansers

Common Mergansers are a common sight at Lake Meredith each winter, and although I haven’t seen  nearly as many this year as last, I have had several opportunities to photograph them the last few months.  Unfortunately, it’s not just the mergansers, all waterfowl populations have been down.  Populations of Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers,…

Red-breasted Mergansers and a Common Loon

Red-breasted Mergansers are a bit unusual in Hutchinson Co, although I’ve seen a few each winter since I started birding in 2011.  For the last week or so there have been 3 females on the main pond at Spring Canyon keeping company with a Common Loon. I like taking photos at Spring Canyon for several…

Lingering Waterfowl

There’s hardly any water birds on Lake Meredith now and there aren’t any playas with water in them that I know of in the northern Texas panhandle (edit: just read on eBird of one north of St. Francis, east of Hwy136 that I’ll try to visit next week when I’m off.)  Strangely, the waterfowl that…

Pelicans and Nuthatches

After shift change this morning I drove out to Fritch Fortress at Lake Meredith.  A decade ago Fritch Fortress was a boat ramp in the middle of Meredith: now it’s the panhandle’s longest concrete slab that isn’t an airport runway.  They’ve extended it several times and when the lake starts rising it will be great, but…