I took a trip down to PDC last week and did a little hiking and birding. I didn’t see anything unusual but even so, a morning birding is still a fine morning. Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow Hermit Thrush and a White-crowned Sparrow Northern Cardinal female Northern Cardinal male Northern Mockingbird Spotted Towhee
I visited Palo Duro Lake on Thursday in the northern part of the panhandle and then on Friday I drove south an hour or so to the central part of the panhandle to Palo Duro Canyon. I saw several birds that I hadn’t yet seen this year, but unfortunately, I had not charged my camera…
I was able to get some nice pictures of a Hermit Thrush earlier this week at Palo Duro Canyon. He was in the underbrush near the blind and the lighting was kinda dramatic in the first one- a bit Fred McMurry/Barbara Stanwick film noirish.
More pictures from Palo Duro Canyon. This is a Hermit Thrush, a close relative of the American Robin. Hermit Thrush American Robin
Golden-crowned Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow juvenile Golden-fronted Woodpecker Canyon Towhee Hermit Thrush Brown Thrasher
Here are a few more pictures from the blind at Palo Duro Canyon. A Hermit Thrush and a Brown Thrasher (the thrasher is the larger bird)
I drove up to Palo Duro Reservoir north of Spearman, Texas a few days ago and logged one of the highest species counts I’ve ever had-31 different birds in about 3 hours of hiking and driving around the lake and the area below the dam. One of the sightings was a Swainson’s Thrush. They aren’t…