Early Morning Walk at Spring Canyon

I got up early the other morning and drove out to Spring Canyon at Lake Meredith and walked around the several ponds there. It was a beautiful morning, especially for the last week of winter and I was lucky enough to get several nice photos. Enjoy. Cinnamon Teal and Blue-winged Teal Ruddy Duck female Belted…

Buffalo Lake NWR

Buffalo Lake NWR is a mostly dry lake bed in Randall Co in the Texas Panhandle. There is a large pond still on the southern end of the Reserve with a bird blind and a few trails on the northern end. We used to go out there when I was in college for keg parties…

Early Fall

The last few weeks have been a little hectic for me and I haven’t been able to go birding as much as I want. It seems that the days that I could get out were dark and dreary days with heavy clouds and lots of rain.  The rain was pretty wide-spread and Meredith certainly benefited…

More Pictures from the Playas

The playas and fields around here seem to have the most bird action right now, what with the corn being harvested and the milo harvest about to start. Here’s a few shots from earlier in the week. Black-crowned Night-Heron Black-crowned Night-Heron and White-faced Ibis. American Coot Ruddy Duck

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…

Friday Morning at Spring Canyon

I bird for several reasons.  I like the quiet of sitting in my truck or at a blind watching and waiting for the birds. Sometimes I sit and watch, sometimes I sit and think, sometimes I just sit. It’s a nice way to start the day. I also do a lot of walking as I…

Overcast Morning at Thompson Park

My wife and I stopped by Thompson Park in Amarillo one morning in the last week of October. It was a dreary day that matched our mood and we wanted another quiet moment before facing the trials of the day. We had heard of a Western Grebe on the big pond at the park and we stopped…

What the Wind Blew In

Did I mention that it’s been windy on the high plains this spring?  Spring usually is, but this year has been especially so.  I’ve lost count of the days that wind speeds have topped 30 mph sustained and today is going to top that again, with gusts up to 70 mph according to the weathermen.…

Spring in Hutchinson County

It’s been incredibly dry and windy here this year.  We’re already several inches behind the norm and we only get an average of 20 inches a year, though it’s been a while since we hit that mark.  The wind is rarely less than 20 mph and there have been hundreds (or so it seems) of…

Summer Birds

A few photos of the birds I’ve seen this week. Ring-necked Duck female.  I’m not sure why she’s hanging around here, I’ve seen her several times in the last month. Ruddy Duck Red-winged Blackbird Ash-throated Flycatcher Ladder-backed Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak Greater Roadrunner with breakfast. Orchard Oriole female American White Pelican Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Red-tailed Hawk.. If…