Palo Duro Lake

I haven’t been to Palo Duro Lake in a couple of months, so I decided to drive up there Wednesday morning.  Turns out it was a good idea-no lifers but several FOS birds to add to this years lists. Most exciting for me was a Baltimore Oriole, the first I’ve seen in the panhandle. Also…

Wild Turkey

I went to Palo Duro Canyon earlier this week to do some hiking and birding. There were 8 Wild Turkeys at the feeder, 3 toms and 5 hens and while the females ate sunflower seeds the toms pushed each other around. It’s a good thing the toms were so entertaining because all the strutting and…

Early Morning Walk at Spring Canyon

I got up early the other morning and drove out to Spring Canyon at Lake Meredith and walked around the several ponds there. It was a beautiful morning, especially for the last week of winter and I was lucky enough to get several nice photos. Enjoy. Cinnamon Teal and Blue-winged Teal Ruddy Duck female Belted…

Misc.

Here’s a few photos from the first week of fall. The photographs are from Lake Meredith National Recreation area unless otherwise noted. Red-tailed Hawk Red-bellied Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker Wild Turkey at Palo Duro Reservoir Say’s Phoebe Brown Thrasher at PDR Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and American Coots American Coots American Coots and…

180

I posted my 180th bird sighting for the year today, my best year ever and it’s only 2/3rds gone.  My previous best was 171 back in 2013 and that year we took trips to the coast and to Missouri to see birds (okay, my parents live in Missouri,) and we didn’t get to the coast…

Now I Must be Off to Work

I’ve had a really good week off, lots of hiking, kayaking, and birding, but it’s back to work tomorrow. I’m very fortunate to have a job that allows so much time off, most of the time I only work 2 or 3 days a week, so I have lots of time to enjoy my hobbies.…

This Week at Lake Meredith

I’m seeing lots of migrants through Hutchinson Co., now, and some summer birds have arrived as well. Virginia Rails and Soras can be heard almost daily in the marshes below the dam in Spring Canyon. I saw Say’s and Eastern Phoebes at Spring Canyon and at McBride and Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teals on the Stillin…

Palo Duro Canyon Again

Palo Duro Canyon, south of Amarillo, is one of my favorite birding spots. I usually get down there a couple of time a month. I went again a couple of days ago with my wife and two of my daughters and we hiked and climbed a bit and took photos of each other and of…

February in the Panhandle

Here’s a few photographs from the last week or so. It’s not been too bad of a winter this year-no really bad storms or severe cold snaps, so far.  I’ve seen some pretty deep snows around here in March, though, so I’m still not putting up my long johns. Here’s a few photos from the…

Last Week at Palo Duro Lake

I drove up to Palo Duro Lake last week. It’s a small lake about an hour north of my home and is a pretty good birding site. Here’s a few of the pictures I took up there. Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker Mississippi Kite Juvenile Mississippi Kite Female Bullock’s Oriole Female Painted Bunting Lark Sparrow Turkey Vultures…