If there is one thing I love about my dad’s ranch…it’s always full of life! I finally got used to taking my camera almost everywhere.
The adjacent land owner has quite a few herds of cattle. This year produced many baby cows and they were so cute!
We measure distance at my dad’s place by the cattle guards…makes it easy to say, “Hey did you see…by the second cattle guard?” Between the first and third, are countless antelope. Usually we see several herds, but this time we only saw bucks mulling about. It’s because antelope drop their babies mid-late June. We were too early too any this year, but there are several nice looking bucks out there.
Kind of gross…. we saw many turkey vultures about. Just past the second cattle guard, in an open field, was a dead cow. Not sure why the rancher had not moved the cow. Needless to say, the turkey vultures were very happy.
The first day we arrived, we got to see little kill deers. They hadn’t learned to fly yet. They were playing on the road (or eating bugs off a big cow pie) and I had to stop and get a snap. What was really cool was seeing one of the parents try and play wounded. Always awesome to see mother nature doing its thing.
My dad’s ranch is unique. It has pasture land and a really neat forest. Just beyond the house is a meadow area we all call the park. My dad has strung a line between two trees and from it hangs many bird feeders. Unfortunately, they are not used to other people, so not too many birds visited…at least ones that would hold still long enough to let me take pictures.
My favorites are the yellow finches. Each year that my dad has lived there (going on three) a new variety of birds come in. There were so many I had never seen before. There is also a screech-owl. Around 4:30 n the morning you can hear the turkeys wander through. Not exactly the most peaceful alarm clock.
The bird above I’ve seen several times at the Garden of the Gods….but hell if I can remember it’s name.
There are also my favorite red-tailed hawks.
The only downside to having an under ground river running through your property is when that river flows through to he surface. Tis year that has been an above average of precipitation…hence lots of flooding. As the flooding slowly subsides….. out comes the nasty mosquitoes. At one point I was trying to figure out where the sign was that indicated I was an all-you-can-eat buffet. The positive side are all the tadpoles and bull frogs. There are beautiful butterflies and big bumbled bees flying about working hard.
The most interesting and funny character to watch was the squirrel. You have to give kudos to squirrels. If they know where the food is….they stop at nothing to get to it.
“Small birds throw seeds out of the feeder; large birds pick them up off the ground, but the squirrels try to muscle in.”
― Lilian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Sang for the Birds