Saturday, December 16, 2017

Birds and Barns

I put up bird feeders last Thursday. Since my feeders in Illinois are usually emptied in little more than a day, I was surprised to find the feeders here in Oklahoma still full this morning. 

 This mockingbird stopped for a brief visit and then flew away.

And this Savannah sparrow spent some time right behind the feeders. He flew away, as well. Hopefully, they noticed the food and will inform their friends.

On my way into Ada this morning, I saw this white-crowned sparrow on a gate. 

This guy was on at the other end of the same gate. This shot was taken through a dusty windshield, so it isn't very clear. I'm not sure what kind he is, but believe him to be a Harris's Sparrow. Anyone know if this is correct?

I'm fairly proud of this Red-tailed hawk shot. I chase them all the time, but rarely get a good pic. 

Linking to The Bird D-Pot 

Below is a barn full of hay.

 Linking to The Barn Collective

Friday, December 15, 2017

Horse Critters

Sleepy found a particularly tasty spot of grass in the far corner of the pasture. As he was chewing a strange sound reached his ears. His head shot up. "Bo, did you hear something?" Bo continued grazing. "I think it was that new food fella calling us up to the round pen." All chewing stopped so he could hear more clearly. "Yes! That's him. Come on! I bet he wants to give us a treat."

Sleepy took off, barely missing Bo as he charged past.

Bo, Dylan, and Little Bill were not far behind.

Sure enough, the new food man was passing out treats.

Life is good.

Linking to Saturday Critters

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday Fences and Doors

While driving the back roads, although mainly looking for birds, I often get to see other critters. These beauties just happened to be behind a fence, so I didn't have to worry about them running out in front of the truck. They stopped long enough for me to snap a couple of pictures...

...and then ran away.

And while we are on the subject of deer, this pretty lady wasn't behind a fence. Last evening I came up over the crest of a hill, probably driving a little faster than I should have been, when two deer jumped out in front of me. I slammed on the brakes. Good thing they were in good working order or DC wouldn't have been happy with a dent or two in the front of his beloved truck. One made a u-turn and the other went on across the road. Knowing they usually stop and turn around to satisfy their curiosity, I drove slowly past a clump of brush. There she was, posing for her portrait.

Linking to  Fences Around the World

I haven't been looking for doors recently, but last summer I did take a picture of these doors at Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site in Illinois. 

Yesterday, I stopped to take a picture of this dilapidated building. I thought it was a barn, but after downloading the picture I believe it is a house. Check out the two doors on the side.

Linking to Thursday Doors

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

For the Birds

I spend quite a bit of time traveling the back roads searching for birds. I'm finding birds I don't normally see in my home state of Illinois. All of these birds are from my trip to the grocery store while spending time in Oklahoma. Yes, it takes me about twice the normal drive time. 

I think I have them identified correctly, but if you disagree, please let me know.

Loggerhead Shrike 

American Kestrel 

Eastern Bluebird (male) 

Eastern Bluebird (female) I do see these birds in Illinois, but in the summer, not the winter months.

Ring-necked Ducks

Wild Turkey

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Linking to The Bird D-Pot -

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Chair and a Tree

I love these old shell chairs. They were sturdy and still comfortable, especially with a cushion tossed in the seat. Sadly, this one has rusted so much it is rickety and unsafe, prone to falling backward. Thus it is propped against the tree.

Linking to Tuesday Treasures

Sunday isn't a day of rest when there is work to be done. This tree was cut down and will be used for fire wood. A rancher's work is never done.

Linking to Our World Tuesday


One of the amazing murals in Buffalo, WY where we went for Longmire Days.

Linking to Monday Mural 

Sunday, December 10, 2017


I found these barns on my recent drive around the countryside - Oklahoma.

Hiding in the trees.

Behind the gate.

Turquoise barn? Really?

Back to the normal red.

Linking to The Barn Collective


I'm back again. After some problems, internet is now up and running. I have been driving the back roads looking for birds. Haven't been able to get too many shots, but I keep trying. 

In Illinois, most of the birds enjoying my feeders are sparrows. Mostly house sparrows. Some think of them as a nuisance, but I like them.

I believe I have identified this little guy correctly, but if you disagree, please let me know. Oklahoma is their winter range. 

White-crowned Sparrow

He doesn't look to happy in this shot. 

Linking to The Bird D-Pot -

Monday, November 27, 2017

Treasures in Our World

This will be my last post for a while. At least until I can find an internet provider. Packing up and going to Oklahoma for a few months. 

While enjoying a drive through the countryside, found this abandoned truck. Looks like it has been there a while.

Linking to Tuesday Treasures

This is a building in Allen, OK. I believe it is slowly becoming a place for artwork. I absolutely love the rusty siding.

Linking to Our World Tuesday