Friday, July 31, 2015

Misc. Critters

I rescued this Common Five-Lined Skink from one of the dog water tubs recently (but not before taking some cell phone shots).
 Apparently this is a juvenile, indicated by his distinct lines and blue tail.
 He didn't learn his lesson as I rescued him again a few days later. :)
 I found a huge Texas Toad near the house one day.

My hand for size comparison.

 She was big, plump and utterly adorable.
A much, much tinier version was sitting on an outdoor dog mat. He's got a lot of growing to do.
Earlier this summer, I found a Texas Rat Snake winding its way up a fence post into a scrap wood birdhouse to plunder a Bluebird nesting site.
 
 Cute little stinker!
(A month or so later, this birdhouse was happily occupied by a pair of Great-Crested Flycatchers that successfully raised a brood.)

For those of you who don't care for reptiles and amphibians, here's a few Pearl Crescent butterflies to rinse out your eyes. :)

And for those of you missing the Whistling Ducks, here's a couple cell phone shots of some silly tree perching.



Linking to Saturday's Critters

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Good Fences #71

I first posted this dome home (here), desperately needing repair (it had a rather large hole in the roof next to that skylight).
Jan. 2012
Later, I posted an update (here) showing some forthcoming attention (a blue tarp was draped over the hole). In summer 2014, I drove past it again (just never posted the photos until now) and major updates have been done, including a new gate and fence.
Summer 2014


One of these days, I'll have to go by again and see if they finished the gate and crossbar.
Here's the link-up!

1. Link in a post featuring a photo or photos of fences or gates.
2. Link back to Run*A*Round Ranch Report in your post or use the badge code to display the Good Fences button in your post that automatically links back here.
3. If time allows, please visit some of the other participants and comment on their shared posts.
Thank you! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Great-Crested Flycatcher

In mid-June, a Great-Crested Flycatcher landed in the yard among a patch of feathers left from a hawk's dove kill.

 
He or she looked around a lot, and I wondered if it was searching for bugs that might be lurking among the feather remnants.


 
 But then he or she picked up a mouthful of fluff
and quickly let it drop again.


I like how the flattened crest looks like a military-style flat-top haircut. :)

 The Flycatcher picked up the bits of feathering one more time
 and with a quick look towards the camera, took off.
Turns out, a pair was nesting in a birdhouse I had put atop a fence post near the driveway and this bird was working to line the nest.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and The Bird D'Pot
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