Late Summer Birding

Barn Swallow at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon. Black-crested Titmouse at Palo Duro Canyon. Black-crowned Night Heron at Lake Meredith. Brown-headed Cowbird at Palo Duro Canyon. Burrowing Owl in Carson County. Canyon Towhee at Palo Duro Canyon. Great Blue Heron at Spring Canyon. Lark Sparrow at Palo Duro Canyon. Loggerhead Shrike in Carson County. Northern Cardinal…

Birding and Kayaking

Birding has been pretty slow around here for the last month. Well, not exactly slow-there are lots of birds around, it’s just that they are the same birds I’ve photographed and posted dozens times this summer, so I’ve not really been motivated to take a lot of photos. The good news is that the lake…

Mid-summer in the Texas Panhandle

Here’s a few photos of birds I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. It’s mostly just the old stand-bys, but there were a couple of surprises. Red-headed Woodpecker at Lake Meredith’s Bugbee Shores. Wilson’s Phalarope at a playa near Panhandle, Texas. One of the surprises-a Dowitcher, but I’m not sure if it’s a long-…

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,…

Upland Sandpiper

Occasionally, over the last  4 years that I’ve been birding, I’ve seen reports on eBird of Upland Sandpipers in the northern Texas Panhandle, but I’ve never seen one.  Every time someone reports one I go back though my photos of sandpipers, yellowlegs and other waders and shore birds, just to see if I’ve mis-identified an…