Early Fall at Palo Duro Canyon

I drove out to Palo Duro Canyon last week and took a few photos at the blind there. I didn’t see anything terribly unusual, but I did get a photo of a White-throated Sparrow. It’s a bit early for them to be here.  The rest of the shots are of the regulars. Northern Cardinal male…

Misty Morning on the Lake

I took the kayak out onto Meredith yesterday morning and paddled around for a couple of hours. It was cool and there was a little fog and no wind. Here’s a few photos from the lake. The little Clark’s Grebes chicks are nearly grown. I took these photos before the fog had lifted near Martin…

Miscellany

Here’s yet another post to try to catch up a little. I go  birding almost daily, missing 2 or 3 days a week because of work and I usually take pictures. I’m not a very good photographer and rely mostly on luck and take hundreds of pictures each day, hoping that there will be a…

More Palo Duro Canyon Birds

Here’s a few more photos from last week’s Palo Duro Canyon trip. Nothing unusual, but I even get excited seeing the regulars. White-crowned Sparrow Golden Fronted Woodpecker Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow American Goldfinch Spotted Towhee This House Finch has a more orangish hue than red, not sure why this color variation occurs. This is the first…

January in Palo Duro Canyon

I took a trip to Palo Duro Canyon last week (first of many this year, I hope) and spent an hour or so at the bird blind and then hiked several miles. Here’s a few photos of the trip. Spotted Towhee Fox Sparrow Northern Cardinal Dark-eyed Junco Black-crested Titmouse Northern Mockingbird Golden-fronted Woodpecker White-winged Dove…

Dark Days

Here’s more photographs from the last week. It’s been wonderfully rainy all week, but getting good shots of birds has been difficult. the lake is up a couple of inches, though, and that’s a nice turnaround from weeks and weeks of dropping levels. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Spotted Sandpiper Double-crested Cormorant Blue-winged Teal Great Blue…

Birds, Boats, and Beautiful Weather

We’ve had a rather dry summer so far this year, a return to the drought of the last decade or so, only not quite as bad as it was before. We were fortunate to have a really wet summer last year and our local lake went from nearly gone to about 25% capacity.  It’s still…

Last of the Spring Photos

Here’s a few photographs that I haven’t gotten around to posting from the last several weeks. Black-crested Titmouse Blue-winged Teal Canyon Towhee House Finch White-winged Dove Lark Sparrow Least Sandpiper Lesser Yellowlegs Long-billed dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher and Stilt Sandpiper Long-billed dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Blue-winged Teal Northern Mockingbird Pine Siskin Spotted Sandpiper Stilt…

Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees

While we were in southwestern Missouri visiting relatives a few weeks ago we took a day trip over to  Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Northeastern Oklahoma. My brother took us around the lake on his boat, my mom fixed us a picnic lunch, and I took photos. Here’s a few of them. Spotted Sandpiper…

More Waders and Shorebirds

A few more photos of shorebirds and waders from around the panhandle I have a lot of trouble telling these apart from the Greater Yellowlegs, but I believe this bird is a Lesser Yellowlegs. The larger, out-of-focus bird is a female Northern Shoveler Spotted Sandpiper White-faced Ibis Cattle Egret Killdeer Snowy Egret Wilson’s Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs,…