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…

Palo Duro Canyon, Late Spring

I made another excursion to Palo Duro Canyon on Saturday morning and while I didn’t see anything unusual, it was a beautiful morning to be out hiking around. Here’s a few of the photos I took. Black-crested Titmouse Rufous-crowned Sparrow House Finch White-winged Dove Northern Cardinal male and female   Lark Sparrow Cliff Swallow at…

January in Palo Duro Canyon

I took a trip to Palo Duro Canyon last week (first of many this year, I hope) and spent an hour or so at the bird blind and then hiked several miles. Here’s a few photos of the trip. Spotted Towhee Fox Sparrow Northern Cardinal Dark-eyed Junco Black-crested Titmouse Northern Mockingbird Golden-fronted Woodpecker White-winged Dove…

Last of the Spring Photos

Here’s a few photographs that I haven’t gotten around to posting from the last several weeks. Black-crested Titmouse Blue-winged Teal Canyon Towhee House Finch White-winged Dove Lark Sparrow Least Sandpiper Lesser Yellowlegs Long-billed dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher and Stilt Sandpiper Long-billed dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, and Blue-winged Teal Northern Mockingbird Pine Siskin Spotted Sandpiper Stilt…

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.…

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…

Good News and Bad News

I post a lot about Palo Duro Reservoir, a small man-made lake in Hansford Co.,about an hour north of my home.  It has a pretty good ratio of birds to people–lots of birds and very few people, just the way I like it.  It’s probably more crowded on weekends, but I work weekends for that…

Sunday Morning After a Rain

I drove out to Spring Canyon Sunday morning when I got off work.  Just as I was descending into the canyon it started to rain, so I sat in my truck by the main pond and watched.  It rained for about 20 minutes before stopping, although it remained cloudy for the rest of the morning.…

Spring Canyon

It hardly seems like spring in Hutchinson County.  Temperatures this week have been in the mid-90’s-a few new records and certainly hot enough for me.  Thanks to the rains last month it is as green around here as it’s been in years.  We’re supposed to cool off and get more rain next week. I saw…