Woodpeckers

We have several species of woodpeckers in the Texas Panhandle-Ladder-backed, Northern Shovelers, Red-bellied, Downies and Harries-and these two. Red-headed Woodpecker Golden-fronted Woodpecker Golden-fronted Woodpecker juvenile Golden-fronted Woodpecker female

Woodies

Earlier this week I went to Palo Duro Reservoir. It had been a month or so since I’d been there and I was hoping to see some waterfowl and shore birds that might have stopped over for a rest during migration. Unfortunately, there was neither on the morning I was there. There was, however, a…

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…

Early August at McBride Canyon

I’ve not taken a lot of pictures in the last two weeks because I’m trying to learn how to not drown myself in a kayak. I borrowed one from a brother-in-law and enjoyed it so that I bought one for myself. I practiced a few days in a pond at Spring Canyon and have been…

Mid-summer in the Texas Panhandle

Here’s a few photos of birds I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. It’s mostly just the old stand-bys, but there were a couple of surprises. Red-headed Woodpecker at Lake Meredith’s Bugbee Shores. Wilson’s Phalarope at a playa near Panhandle, Texas. One of the surprises-a Dowitcher, but I’m not sure if it’s a long-…

Catching Up

OK, I admit it, I’m not doing a very good job at keeping this blog up to date.  It’s just that, well, it’s summer, you know. And not just summer, but one of the nicest summers we’ve had in a while.  Summers over the last decade or so have been miserable affairs. They’ve been hot…

Photos from Early May

Here’s a few photographs from earlier in May that I haven’t gotten around to posting. May has been an interesting month with lots of rain and much cooler than normal temps.The lake is rising (up to 46.77 today from 26.5 36 months ago) and the countryside is greener than I’ve seen in quite a while.…

More photos From This Summer

A few photos that I didn’t get around to posting from late July and August. Loggerhead Shrike at Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford Co, Tx.   Also at Palo Duro Reservoir.  I watched a pair of Great Blue Herons build this nest earlier in the year.  These may be the offspring, the crowns seem darker,…

Brunch at Jim’s Lake

I drove out to Jim’s Lake this morning.  It’s a small private lake on the eastern side of Hutchinson Co. I hadn’t been there since May and although I have permission from the landowner I still feel a little uncomfortable there There are a couple of families that live around the lake and until last…

Woodpeckers

I went up to Palo Duro Reservoir last week with my son. We log about 20 species of birds including this Hairy Woodpecker that he was able to get a shot of.Ladder-backed Woodpeckers   and Northern Flickers (this is a red-shafted sub-species) are year-round residents, Downy Woodpeckers are occasionally logged and Red-headed Woodpeckers are common…