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…

Northern Flickers

Came across this yellow shafted Northern Flicker pair at Lake Meredith’s McBride Canyon while hiking one morning. At first I was a bit confused as to what was going on-they both seemed to be males, but after a bit of research I discovered that the yellow shafted sub-species of Northern Flickers can be further divided…

Roadrunners, Woodpeckers, Teals, and Gulls

Last week was really a pretty nice week for birding in the Texas Panhandle. I saw a lot of birds and roamed over a large chunk of the central Texas panhandle.  The weather was pretty nice and I had good company when I wanted it and made a few solo runs when I wanted that.…

Early August at McBride Canyon

I’ve not taken a lot of pictures in the last two weeks because I’m trying to learn how to not drown myself in a kayak. I borrowed one from a brother-in-law and enjoyed it so that I bought one for myself. I practiced a few days in a pond at Spring Canyon and have been…

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-…

Northern Flicker

Watched four Northern Flickers (Yellow-shafted) males (at least I think they were all males) at the park here in town this morning for several minutes.  They seemed to be working out territorial boundaries. Pretty funny to watch, especially the two that chased each other on the ground around the park.

Northern Flicker

The Northern Flicker is a large, brownish woodpecker that lives throughout North America.  They tend to forage for their meals more on the ground than in trees like other woodies.  According to Sibley Flickers in the east generally have yellow undersides to their tail and wing feathers.  Sibley also states that those in the west…

Early Birds

I spent an hour or so Sunday morning at Meredith and hadn’t really seen much of anything so, still craving a bird fix,  I drove to the playa near Panhandle Sunday afternoon to see what I might find there.  It’s a 20 minute drive and the time was well spent.  Once again there were hundreds…

Under the Lens

The last week has been miserably hot.  A high pressure dome has set up over us and we feel like ants under a magnifying lens.  Temps have been over 37°C for the last week and topped 41° twice.  There is no trace of the rains from a few weeks ago; everything is dry and brown.  Sunrises and…