Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sunday Birds

I took a really bad shot of these ducks yesterday and was helped by David to identify them as Gadwall ducks. So, I went back to find them. They were not in the same pond, but they were in a pond a mile or so on down the road. This time I stopped and took my time.

Gadwall male.

Gadwall female.

I am also happy to report the bluebirds have found my bird feeder. This guy was patiently waiting his turn.

Linking to The Bird D-Pot

Friday, February 16, 2018

Duck Critters

More birds have found my feeders. Besides the White-crowned and Savannah Sparrows and Meadowlarks, I saw an Eastern Bluebird grabbing a snack yesterday. Hopefully more will follow.

But today is dedicated to ducks.

I apologize for the quality of the ducks below. They were swimming in a pond about a quarter mile south of the highway. I saw ducks and took a couple of quick shots thinking they were mallards. I didn't realize what I had until I uploaded the pics. Now I wish I had pulled off the road and tried to get some good pics. They are Gadwall ducks. 

Thanks David on the Gadwall ID!
Linking to Saturday Critters

Monday, February 12, 2018

Water Tower

Old abandoned water tower.

Linking to Tuesday Treasures


The flu has struck for the second time this winter. This is a worse variety than the last. Poor DC. Gus has been a GOOD boy while hubs is recuperating. Looks as if Gus is recuperating, too.

Saturday was a dreary, misty, icy, day. This RANDOM picture captured my mood.

I often visit the horses with a snack or two, so they always happily greet me. What could be more FUN than a soft, velvety horse snout to pet?

Linking to Random-osity

Sunday, February 11, 2018

It's Bird and Barn Day

I have other pics of the Harris's Sparrow, but I liked the way this one turned out.

I posted this pic earlier in the week, but I am so excited to have found this guy I wanted to share again. As DC was driving down a back road, I caught a glimpse of blue in a tree ahead. Of course I yelled for him to stop and he did. I didn't know what I would find since I have never seen a Kingfisher dressed in such a brilliant blue. But, it is a Belted Kingfisher.

I had to go to the store this morning. On the way I passed a pond with ducks, so I slammed on the brakes even though I was on a state highway. I was able to snap a couple of quick shots before a car came up behind me and I had to go. I tried to turn around and go back, but they flew away before I could get stopped. This is a very poor shot, but Green-winged Teal is a first for me. Excited!

Linking to The Bird D-Pot

Another old barn succumbing to decay. 

Linking to The Barn Collective

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Bad Pics of Good Subject

It's been a good week for critters. Some may believe, some may not, but I'm certain I saw a mountain lion across the hay field. Gus and I were looking out the window when I saw movement. At first I thought it was a dog, but then I saw the long tail and realized this critter moved much more graceful than any pup I've met. There are a line of cedar trees, so by the time I grabbed my camera and switched it on, he was behind the trees. Sadly, no proof. Not even a bad pic of a good subject.

Later on a back road drive I thought I saw another dog. This time it was running across the road in front of me. I realized too late it was a coyote. Bad shot of a good subject.

I followed this red-tailed hawk for about a mile. He finally landed in a tree quite a distance off the road, with his back to me. Another bad shot of a good subject.

The temps are hovering around 27° with misting rain. Yep, freezing on the highway. DC isn't feeling well, so I ventured out to get some cold meds. To prevent slipping and sliding, I took the back roads. Hard to slide on dirt and gravel. On the way I saw a flock of dark-eyed juncos. None of them were cooperating with my camera. This is the best I could do. They were feeding in the weeds alongside the road. Yep, another bad pic of a good subject.

Guess I should end with a good shot of something. So I will share a pic of this Killdeer wading in the edge of what I have named 'the blue heron pond'. 

Linking to Saturday Critters

Friday, February 9, 2018

Back Road Critters

2/9/2018 - Friday

I drive the back roads about every day. I see lots of cows and horses in this area. Some I find more pleasing to the eye than others. For instance, I love the markings on this calf...

...and the color of this one's ears.

I don't see many goats, so I had to stop and snap a few pics of these guys.

I do see a lot of deer, but I am usually trying not to hit them instead of grabbing my camera. This one crossed the road and then stopped to pose for me. I planned on taking several shots to make sure I got a good one. I snapped this pic, and then....

...Gus barked out the back window! Bad Gus!

Linking to Willy Nilly Friday Five

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Fence or Two

This fence is barely there. I don't think it would keep livestock in. A little step and they're over.

I liked the shape of this fence post.

A horse in front of a fence.

DC closing the gate. Gus having a run.

Linking to Fences Around the World