Carolina Wren

Here’s another bird from the Missouri trip.  We have Rock Wrens, Bewick’s Wrens, Marsh Wrens, Canyon Wrens, and occasionally House Wrens, but I’ve never seen a Carolina Wren around here.

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.…

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…

A Couple of Wrens

Rock Wrens are year round residents here in the Texas Panhandle and in the spring their songs echo in the canyons around Lake Meredith. They are pretty quiet this time of year though and so are harder to find. I was lucky enough to run across this one as I was walking one cold morning…

A Few December Photographs

I’ve been kind of lazy about posting the last few weeks, so now I’m trying to catch up. Here’s some photos from December. Rock Wren Greater Roadrunner Ladder-backed Woodpecker Red-tailed Hawk (a dark morph juvenile) American Tree Sparrow American Coot Pied-billed Grebe

Rock Wren

I saw this Rock Wren a few weeks ago while I was hiking down a trail at the south end of Lake Meredith. Wrens, especially Rock Wrens, are among my favorite birds. they are so small and yet they have huge voices. This guy was bobbing up and down on a boulder a few feet…

Bewick’s Wren

I saw this Bewick’s Wren at the southwestern end of Lake Meredith in a camping area called McBride Canyon.  Even at it’s fullest, I dont think the lake ever made it this far south, but the Canadian River, when it’s flowing is about a mile from here. Also nearby is the Alibates Flint Quarry, where…

Catching Up

OK, I admit it, I’m not doing a very good job at keeping this blog up to date.  It’s just that, well, it’s summer, you know. And not just summer, but one of the nicest summers we’ve had in a while.  Summers over the last decade or so have been miserable affairs. They’ve been hot…