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,…

Shorebirds

It’s raining buckets this morning and I postponed a trip south to Buffalo Lake NWR that had been planned with my wife and one of our daughters. We’ll try again next week when I get off work. Here are a few photographs of some shorebirds I saw at Spring Canyon earlier this week. Wilson’s Snipe…

Birding with my Daughter

Last week my youngest daughter and I went to Palo Duro Canyon in Randall Co., TX. I took my camera and we spent the morning there, hiking and climbing and birding. it had been a while since she and I had done anything together and I enjoyed it immensely. Here’s a few of the photos…

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.…

Palo Duro Canyon in February

I hadn’t been out of Hutchinson Co. much this year-a couple of trips to McBride Canyon in Potter Co. and one to Palo Duro Reservoir up in Hansford Co, and I was getting a bit bored seeing the same old places and birds, so I took a trip down to Randall County’s Palo Duro Canyon…

Last Weeks of October

I didn’t get out much the last few weeks of October and the few times I did, the weather was not cooperative. Cloudy skies, rain, and wind kept my excursions short, but I did manage to bring home a few good shots.  The outing were a much needed opportunity to recharge after difficult days, both…

New Arrivals, Migrants, and Lingerers

I’m starting to see more newly arrived winter birds and some migrants as well.  After an especially miserable Sunday at work (every time we had a call the truck we were in broke down. By the time I left at 0700 Monday morning we had one truck that was running, but you couldn’t shut it…

More Spring Birds

Black-necked Stilt Spotted Sandpiper Northern Cardinal from the Missouri trip Blue Jay, also taken in Missouri Great Blue Heron in Missouri.  All three of these birds are common in the Texas Panhandle.  The color green is not. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher after a bath Yellow-headed Blackbird in a mesquite bush. Red-winged Blackbird on last year’s cattails Western…

More Photos from Monday’s Outing

As promised, here’s more pictures from the Monday morning adventure. Northern Cardinal Townsend’s Solitaire. Not a very good photo, but he was determinedly ignoring me. Baird’s Sandpiper (best guess, sandpipers are tough) Spotted Sandpiper Wilson’s Phalarope Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) Western Kingbird Eared Grebe Great Horned Owlet