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…

Bright, Sunshiny Day

Finally, the sun is out on a day that I’m off work, not exhausted, and have no pressing personal obligations.  There have been very few sunny days for the last month. Mostly they’ve been so depressingly dark and colorless that I could barely make myself crawl out of bed.  I did go birding on a…

Waterfowl

Here’s a few photos of some of the late winter waterfowl I’ve seen in the last week or so. Redheads and Lesser Scaups at Spring Canyon. American Wigeons at Thompson Park in Amarillo Mallards and a hybrid Mallard or Manky Duck.  The hybrid is possibly a cross between an Mallard (note the curly tail feathers…

Winter at Spring Canyon

Spring Canyon is my favorite place to take pictures in Hutchinson County for several reasons.  It’s easy to get to and even in the summer it’s not crowded in the early morning.  It well protected from winds from the southwest (our prevailing wind source in the summer) and the north (prevailing wind source in the…

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…

Dry Spell

The last two months have been even drier than the regular drought around here.  Lake Meredith is below 29 ft and getting lower daily.  The playa near Panhandle is gone as well and so birding has been a little dry lately.  The dried weeds around Meredith and Palo Duro Reservoir north of us host hundreds…

Last Weeks of Winter

Winter has less than a week to go and it’s been a mild one in Hutchinson County for the most part.  There was a week or two in December that was really cold and a couple of small snowfalls in January.  February and early March were very windy-there were several days of 60+mph winds.  There…

Lovely Day

“Just one look at you and I know it’s gonna be a lovely day.”– Lovely Day from the Bill Withers recording Menagerie. I slept in this morning.  I was afraid the roads at the lake would be iced over if I got out there too early.  I usually leave just at dawn so I can…