April’s Parting Shots

Here’s a few photos from April that I just never got around to posting. Curve-billed Thrasher at Palo Duro Canyon Chihuahuan Ravens at McBride Canyon, Lake Meredith Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Spring Canyon, Lake Meredith Morning Dove, Spring Canyon Savannah Sparrow, Spring Canyon Yellow-headed Blackbirds Spring Canyon   American Avocets coming in for a landing.…

Early Summer Birds

Here’s a few photos from around the panhandle of Texas taken in the first few weeks of summer. Killdeer chick Painted Bunting Northern Cardinal (adult male and a juvenile) Golden-fronted Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak Greater Roadrunner Tree Swallow Ash-throated Flycatcher Western Kingbird American Avocet Mississippi Kite  

Bewick’s Wren

I saw this Bewick’s Wren at the southwestern end of Lake Meredith in a camping area called McBride Canyon.  Even at it’s fullest, I dont think the lake ever made it this far south, but the Canadian River, when it’s flowing is about a mile from here. Also nearby is the Alibates Flint Quarry, where…

Out of Season

I came across a couple of birds last week that I was surprised to see this late in the year. Both are usually only seen around here in spring and fall.  I love watching birds, whether it’s a House Sparrow or a Red-tailed Hawk, but it’s always a treat to see something you don’t expect.…

A Few Miscellaneous Photos From Late Spring

I’ve been pretty busy at work the last month or so and haven’t posted much. I have been birding, though and so here are a few photos. The best areas for birding in the last month or so have been the farms and pastures north and south of us. The playa lakes are full and…

Playas

Earlier this week we had 4 inches of rain fall in about 30 hours and some of the playa lakes in the area that have been dry for over a year finally have a little water in them. It didn’t take the birds long to find them and I was able to get some nice photos,…

Pictures from Spring Canyon

I took a few photos at Spring Canyon this morning-nothing too exciting, not like a Sedge Wren or anything, but some nice photos at any rate.  The weather was overcast and kind of windy, but it is the Texas Panhandle and wind is always expected and we never complain about clouds (well, actually, I do,…

More Birds from Palo Duro Reservoir

I drove up to  Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County yesterday for a change of pace.  I’ve been hitting the same spots around Hutchinson County for a while and I was getting a little bored with the same places.  Palo Duro  is about an hour’s drive northeast of where I live and is formed by…

Songbirds and Shorebirds

All last week I thought I had to work today but a last second reprieve (thanks, Rochelle) found me out at the lake this morning on one of those panhandle rarities, a windless day.  I took full advantage of it and walked several miles, the first good walk I’ve had since last fall.  I spent…

Rough 3 Weeks

This is my first post since the 19th of February.  It’s been a rough 3 weeks with snowstorms, illness, 60 mph winds, and to top it off, lots of overtime at work. I’ve only gotten out the lake to take pictures 2 or 3 times in the last 3 weeks and most of the pictures…