From yesterday morning and evening, both Jackrabbits.
I would estimate only 100 yards or so apart.
Exciting since they had disappeared from our area for quite a while.
The other evening we were traveling the gravel roads west of us and had to stop when the Cliff Swallows were so plentiful it looked like a scene from that old Alfred Hitchcock movie, “The Birds”.
Seriously, it was unbelievable the amount of birds on this particular road. There’s not a bridge and certainly not a cliff for miles, so I don’t know what the attraction was to this location other than they were swarming in a freshly plowed field across the road from their wire perch. They were either flying madly in circles or watching and waiting from the wire. I so wish I had remembered to video part of it. My side of the truck had the wire, it was on Ed’s where the action was happening.
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The rabbit was in its place this morning. It’s hard to get a good shot through the chain link, but I tried. It’s become a must see on our rounds every day… I dread the day we don’t see him there!
I took these with my phone this morning. The Jackrabbit was in the shade under the large white pipe and it is hard to tell what he is in these pictures, just trust me, that blob is definitely a Jackrabbit!
After thinking about it, I’m sure it feels safe there, he can see all around and I doubt the coyotes could squeeze under the fence as easily as he can.
Marvin Ann, I’ve seen one on the road due north of us and the next road east. I don’t know if it is the same one or not. Like you, I’m hoping they raise, I have certainly enjoyed seeing this one almost daily.
Sherry, maybe one of these days you will see some around your place too.
This guy/girl has taken to hanging out in or close to one of those natural gas stations (?) for lack of a better word cause I don’t know what they are called. It’s in a pasture north of our little community and has a chain link fence enclosure around a bunch of natural gas pipes.
Anyway, it sometimes is under one of the larger pipes in the shade and it is hard to get a decent picture of it through that fence. I got lucky the other day since it was on the outside and didn’t move when I exited my truck to get this shot.
I love their huge ears and eyes!
The middle of the summer will mostly find Egrets and Herons on the waters. There are, of course, many songbirds and other smaller birds, but it is too hot for this gal to get out of the air-conditioned vehicle to find them!
If I was a morning person, it would be a whole different story. 😀
I shared these on my Facebook page, so it will be a repeat for some of you.
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Thanks, Dawn, Nat and Sherry for your sweet comments. I have missed this place… I keep thinking at some point I should give this up, it is an expense to pay for a web host and to continue to register my domain annually, but then I think I would miss having the ability to search back through my pictures and posts. So, I may take a break again at some point, but I probably won’t let it completely go for a long time to come.
Forty years ago today but, we enjoyed a trip to our favorite birding location yesterday!
Hagerman has been flooded again…. can you believe it? Wildlife Drive finally reopened just a couple of days or so ago. One of the crossover roads is still closed and we were rewarded with many species of Terns and Gulls that I had never seen before sitting on the partially submerged road.
Yes! Life-birds indeed!
We stopped at the golf course parking lot in Bonham on the way home and were once again blessed to see another first; a female Summer Tanager!
It was a great day and there are many pictures, some good and some just okay! Oh! and I had to ‘paint’ a couple.
It was huge… just trust me cause the picture does it no justice.
We were on the Mule going up the ditch at the homeplace when I spotted it on the bank on the other side. I had never seen a softshell that big before.