Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Scene for Halloween

This is a juvenile Turkey Vulture. His head will be red as an adult, but looks especially homely in gray as a gangly teenager.





And because I need some scenes with fences in them for Friday's Fences, I dug these up from a few years ago.

A trio of Black Vultures on a section of our old fence.
 A Black Vulture and a Turkey Vulture on nearby fences.
Be safe out there!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Whistlers on Wednesday 48 - Late Bloomers II

Last week I introduced you to a pair of Whistling Ducks that decided to 'hatch a batch' late in the season. To recap, I first saw 10 little ducklings on Sept. 14th. By Sept. 22nd, we were down to 8 ducklings. We'll pick up there with a photo overload. I've got a bunch of photos on multiple days, many are taken from across the pond and cropped up so as not to disturb them too much. Giving you the highlights...
 
   

 

Just love the bumble-butts. :)
 


Sept. 25th we were down to 7 ducklings, but look how big they've gotten!
Showing off their coral colored legs and silvery blue bills.

 
   
To be continued...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

More Indigo Bunting

Yup, still sharing photos from my one and only encounter back in April with this beautiful male Indigo Bunting in the yard. What can I say? He was just so stunningly beautiful that I was smitten!




 
 





 

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Monday, October 28, 2013

October's Second Spring

This summer seemed mild, temperature-wise, but with hardly any rain from June through September, the drought reared its ugly head, again. Thankfully, October has brought several inches of rain to our area and has given us a 'second spring'. (All photos are from my cell phone, so don't be too critical...)

Our yard went from this in September...
Don't make fun of my dusty, clompy barn shoes!

 to this in October.
A nice gray day!
The ornamental pear tree bloomed again.
The Lantana did, as well.
Tiny purple Purslane popped up in the yard and rocky driveway (aka wild rose moss).
Wild Petunias lent a softer shade to fields and ditches.
White Asters threw in some sprays.
Bitterweed added yellow.
So did this unidentified plant - like Baby's Breath, only yellow.
A few Antelope Horns Milkweed still bloom...
and Horse Nettle, too.
Brave Bluebonnets try to come up in the cracks in the driveway but I tell them to 'hold their horses' for a few more months.
Speaking of horses, they enjoyed some green-up in the back pasture.

But maybe the best yet, the pond went from this in September...
 to this in October.
We need a lot more rain, but I am grateful for the respite of second spring. :)
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