My son took these photos of Mountain Bluebirds a few weeks ago at Palo Duro Reservoir, a small manmade lake about an hour north of Lake Meredith. I try to get up there every week or two throughout the year. It a great place for birds with lots of dead cottonwoods sticking up out of [Read the full post...]
Red-breasted Mergansers are a bit unusual in Hutchinson Co, although I’ve seen a few each winter since I started birding in 2011. For the last week or so there have been 3 females on the main pond at Spring Canyon keeping company with a Common Loon. I like taking photos at Spring Canyon for several [Read the full post...]
I went up to Palo Duro Reservoir last week with my son. We log about 20 species of birds including this Hairy Woodpecker that he was able to get a shot of. Ladder-backed Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers (this is a red-shafted sub-species) are year-round residents, Downy Woodpeckers are occasionally logged and Red-headed Woodpeckers are common [Read the full post...]
Well, it’s been a while since I last posted. I’m not sure why I’ve been avoiding the blog-maybe it seems too much like work, I don’t really know. I’m going to try making shorter, but more frequent posts to see if that works better for me. I’ve been out birding as much as ever, but [Read the full post...]
Tough times for birders in Hutchinson County as Lake Meredith, a National Recreation Area, has been barricaded since the 1st of the month because of the Federal Government Shutdown. There are other places in Hutchinson Co. to go birding, Jim’s Lake for example, but they are on private property and I’ve never been that comfortable [Read the full post...]
I saw these Rock Wrens and this Greater Roadrunner on the rocks over Fritch Fortress a few days ago. Things involving rocks weren’t all that much fun the rest of the day.
I came across this Brown Thrasher at Palo Duro Reservoir last week. It’s not an uncommon bird for the area according to Sibley’s, but it’s the first one I’ve seen. They seem to be a lot less bold than their cousin, the Curve-billed Thrasher (there’s a Curve-bill that frequents my yard year round.) I heard [Read the full post...]
Red-winged Blackbirds are a year-round staple in the Panhandle. Occasionally during the summer and frequently during migrations we get Yellow-headed Blackbirds as well. These were at Spring Canyon this week with the resident Red-winged Blackbirds.
I don’t expect to see Swainson’s Hawks around much longer, so I’m enjoying them as much as possible. Soon they’ll be heading to South America. I only see one or two now as I wander around instead of the dozen or more that I was seeing a month ago. A juvenile posed for me near [Read the full post...]