Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wood Ducks

These photos are actually from last May, but the Wood Ducks are starting to arrive on the pond, again. The drakes are squabbling over hens in preparation of nesting season.

Boy, boy, boy, girl. Yikes!

Acting tough.

Have to stay alert!

She's the center of attention.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Zim Incognito II

These shots were taken way back in December, but he's such a beauty, I just can't not share them. :)
Zim was running on the trail around the pond, between the back pasture and front pasture.
 I caught a lot of shots of him moving through the trees.

That flag's a flying...
And a couple more out in the open views...
Showing a little of that pretty Arabian head.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Misc. January and February Skies Over Run*A*Round

All SOOCP again.
A view of our place from across the neighbor's pasture - mid-January.
Stormy skies over the barn - late January.

I liked the one spear of light (those are the neighbor's mini-mules eating feed I tossed them)
Another threatening sky - late January.


And finally, some swishy bright skies - early February.

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Thursday, April 25, 2013

April in Texas

I'd be remiss as a Texan (even a long-ago Northerner transplanted here) if I didn't share a Bluebonnet post. Our crop in the front field is not as rich as last spring's (due to lack of getting a second hay cut last fall, I'd guess) but they're still beautiful.
Lining our driveway

In our front hay field.
On the way to the feed store recently, I stopped to snap some photos of a field along the highway that was covered in them.

I wasn't the only one snapping photos - this woman had driven into the field and had her child sitting among the Bluebonnets while she took photos.
 The Bluebonnets spill along the roadways and freeways at this time of year.
Blooming at the same time as Bluebonnets, the Indian Paintbrushes throw a coral shade into some fields.

With the windows rolled down on a warm, windy day, the sweet and pungent aroma of the fields of bluebonnets mixing with the odor of 500 pounds of bagged horse feed in the back of the truck, the drive home was quite heady. :)

Linking to Friday's Fences

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Whistlers on Wednesday 21 - March Mayhem

We don't have March Madness here - more like March Mayhem. When the flocks of Black-Bellied Whistlers begin arriving, it gets a little busy and a little loud.
Landing in trees around the pond.

Landing in the yard.

Eating under the bird feeders.

And using the bird baths.

The first year we were here, we saw one whistler. The second year, a flock of 14 arrived. Last year (our 10th here), we had about 45 arrive in spring.

This year, I counted 68 - 70 here at once.

 Next year, I'm gonna need a wide angle lens...
Don't worry, they don't all stay. Some flocks drop in for a few days, then move on. The remaining flocks eventually break off into pairs to nest until gathering again in fall to begin migrating south. But for a week or so in spring, it is a delightful whistling, squabbling cacophony at Run*A*Round.
For those of you who wish to be reminded of what their whistling sounds like, here's a short video (19 seconds) shot from my cell phone of two small flocks greeting each other at the pond's edge.

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