Golden-crowned Sparrow

I get a daily email from eBird that lists rare sighting of birds in Texas (nerdy, I know) and over the weekend people began turning in sightings at Palo Duro Canyon of a Golden-crowned Sparrow, the first ever recorded there or in the Texas Panhandle, according to ebird. So, of course I had to go…

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…

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…

Kids at the Park

My work week ended Monday morning at 0700 and I decided to drive down to Palo Duro Canyon, a state park about an hour south of where I live.  I stopped for a few minutes at a playa near the town of Panhandle, Tx that has water in for the first time since last fall.…

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.…

Birding with my Sons

Jake and Isaac and I went back to Palo Duro Canyon last week to do some hiking, but it was raining pretty hard when we got  there so we just camped out under the bird blind behind the trading post for an hour or so.  Jake took these photos and I though I’d share them…

More Palo Duro Canyon Birds

Here’s a few more photos from my trip to Palo Duro Canyon a couple of weeks ago.  These were all taken at the bird blind. White-winged Dove White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow This one is a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.  Notice the golden stripe down the middle of his head instead of white.   White-crowned Sparrows at…