Saturday, June 6, 2015

Some Misc. Critters

I need to do a dump of some miscellaneous critter photos. These are all cell phone shots taken without planning; some are better than others.

Sisters who live next door.
Near as we can figure, we think they're Pit Bull/Plott Hound mixes with maybe some Catahoula thrown in, too.
Sweet but tough girls!
Some kitties live next door, too.


A female Cardinal flew into the house one day. Thankfully, she was willing to 'ride' the dust mop out through the window, back onto the roof, where she flew away again.

A goofy Roadrunner sat on our shed roof one day as I walked by. And also peeked in the sliding glass doors as I ate lunch.



Not that afraid to see me.

Last year, we had several more 'visits' of the mules and horses from beyond the creek and woods behind us. I believe I raised enough cain with the old man who owns them - he may have sold them or arranged pasture elsewhere as I've not seen nor heard them since the last invasion episode over winter.

These are NOT our animals helping themselves to our barn area.

Here's the old man's mammoth mule taking a dust bath in the neighbor's pasture. He had a small mule that was a fence jumper, but this mammoth mule was notorious for busting through fences and letting the rest of the herd follow her out to roam.

Yes, I see you!
Another 'mulage' invasion. This time it was only two that came over. Still, they give me a workout, chasing them around to herd them back to the woods and across the creek/downed fence. Grrr...


Okay, a change of pace. How about some pretty moths?



A type of Sphinx moth

A big ol' Grasshopper (not looking forward to having them all around in summer/fall, again, but the babies are already hopping around.)

A small snake I found curled up under my rubber boot in the foyer (I scooped him up in a towel and returned him to outdoor life.)
We had a population explosion of baby toads this spring.
Trying to get out of the rain on the door threshold.

Teeny tiny things growing by 'leaps and bounds.'
Found a box turtle in the barn one day (also probably trying to escape the heavy rains).

 I returned him to the grass outside the barn door to avoid getting stepped on by horse hooves.
Okay, one final 'critter' photo...a stick from the burn pile that I thought looked like an Egret. :)
Thanks for hanging with me through this long post!
Linking to Saturday's Critters

102 comments:

Ela said...

All these Critters are beautiful but the sisters are so sweet :))
Wonderful pictures, as always !!
Greetings

Caramella said...

Amazing photos! That bird with the long beak looks so goofy! I love looking at pictures of animals, the doggies are so cute!

Filip Demuinck said...

I just find it amazing how many animals you have in your region.

Greetings,
Filip

Revrunner said...

Stick looks like a snake to me, maybe because I've been taking too many pictures of snakes lately. :-)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Wow! Oversized mules, road runners, and toads! Today's great pictures have it all!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

When we lived in the river bottoms we had free ranging cattle visit us. One time we had to call their owner and they brought a cattle trailer, horses and cowboys to round them up. It astounded me to learn that anyone these days would let their cattle just go wherever they wanted to go. It made me think about the range wars back in the day. Of course that was much worse, but still...it happens to this day. Especially when you live out in the country.
(You are a brave one about those snakes!!!)

Crissi said...

Always beautiful photos - amazing!
Nice weekend
Crissi

messymimi said...

Fun, candid shots! And sir, i like your animals, but not on someone else's property!

Anvilcloud said...

I don't think I would be so cavalier about finding a snake in the house. Yech.

Gayle said...

Another snake - really?? (kidding)
Great photos - one and all.

magnoliasntea said...

Great group of photos! Love that you got the cardinal out of the house with your dust mop. Whoever coined the phrase about good fences making good neighbors knew a thing or two, l say.

Mildred said...

I enjoyed all the pictures. Of course, the kitties melted my heart! The moth photos were incredible. Have a nice Sat.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Theresa, you sure captured some great shots with your phone. Love them all, but the snake not so much. You are a brave one to scoop him up in a towel.
I haven't seen the grasshoppers return yet, but I'm sure they will.
Have a great weekend. CM

Bob Bushell said...

Love them, neighbours have an excellent array of nature.

Linda Kay said...

Delightful series of pictures! You just scooped up the snake and put him back outdoors? You are truly a Texas country girl.

DJan said...

That one picture of the turtle peeking out from his shell made me smile. What a nice potpourri of critters. I enjoyed them all except maybe the mules who were causing you such grief. :-)

Sandra said...

i think the stick looks like a snake climbing up the wall.. i love love the mule invasion even though i know you did NOT love it.. more critter pics for me, since i have no access to them at all... awesome moth and frogs.. and that is funny she rode out of the house on your mop...

Montanagirl said...

It's easy to hang in there - I always love seeing what kinds of critters you're getting to see! Love them all, but the stick Egret is pretty special. You have a good eye!

Barb Brookbank said...

It's always a joy to see your critters - they're all awesome - even the egret :)

eileeninmd said...

What an amazing collection of critter photos. I love them all. The neighbors dogs look sweet laying together. So glad the Cardinal was not hurt and enjoyed the ride outside. The mule/horse invasion is just too much, lol. I do think they are cute. The moths are pretty and I enjoyed the stick egret. And most of all, I am glad the snake was not INSIDE your boot. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Lynne said...

I enjoyed seeing your "computer critter dump" . . .
A great collection . . . the egret look was "right on!"

Birdman said...

My favorites: kitties, the box turtle and the 'wooden egret'. I'd dump the rest. GRIN.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Lots of great critters.. even the trespassers! The egret stick... might make a good walking stick. I love my walking stick. Skinny Chicken!!!!!

Jeanne said...

Love your road runner.... and that last duck snake stick is especially interesting.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Fantastic photos! All your neighbors must provide for hours of entertainment each day! The insect photos are amazing.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Quite a collection of fauna, Theresa. The sisters and neighbor's cat are very good looking.
I have never seen a huge grasshopper like that - Wow!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Have a Wonderful Weekend!
Peace :)
PS. Somehow the program wouldn't let me put this in my former comment.

Small City Scenes said...

Now that is a mess of critters. I get a slow burn about other peoples careless attitude about their animals.
MB

Lynn said...

Alright, the first close-up of the skinny chicken looks like he's having a bad day! They are funny looking though:@)

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, wonderful critter post, so many interesting photos. I love those big dogs, Blessings Francine.

BlueShell said...

Hi, there

Paula said...

I enjoyed all your pictures. Like the stick too, I find it interesting to find a stick or rock that resembles something.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I enjoyed all of these. I always love seeing your roadrunners. That one picture of the roadrunner did look like it had been roughed up a bit, but it regained its composure in the next one. Great selection of critter photos.

Nancy Chan said...

Loving all the animals and birds photos, the moths and grasshopper too, even the stick...lol! But, oh no...not the snake...never like snake.

bailey-road.com said...

So many interesting critters. I like the neighbor dogs and cats and the interloping mules.

Karen S. said...

Such treasures, all of them. The dogs are the cutest, to me they look very lovable. I have missed seeing your Roadrunners, and is that a barn swallow looking over everything. I just treasure mine, full of personality. My mother always said you tell a person's character by how they like/treat/care for dogs, (coffee and children too) but I must add to her list and BIRDS!

ellen abbott said...

some great photos. I expected this place to be teeming with frogs and toads after all this rain but I really haven't seen that many. even with the two ponds out my back door. perhaps you need to send your neighbor a bill for feed every time his mules and horses come visit. I haven't seen a box turtle in many many years. you'd think, having the wild space at the back of the property that there would be some.

Karen S. said...

Oops, forgot to mention your neighbor's adorable kitty too, very sweet and all that horsey horse-n-around fun too!

Betty Manousos said...

wow, what a great collection of critters!!

xoxo

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WoW Tex!! you have critters everywhere!! Even those you don't want!! Not too sure about the snake in the house!! YIKES!! Know it non poisonous --- but the poor critter is still a snake!!

Debbie said...

a great way to clean up the memory card!!!! cool critters....a great dump for today's meme!!!!

now, i have a question, do any of these guys pay rent.....chip in on the property taxes?? the horses are beautiful!!!!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was a fun post! You should do it more often; I like the variety. I also like the cats but you already knew that.

Farm Girl said...

I love all of the very interesting animals you have around your house. I love that box turtle with his eye looking out and that stick.
Such amazing things go on at your house. I love the moths too. I don't think I would like the snake much.

don said...

An interesting collection of pictures. I like seeing such a variety. I enjoyed this long post!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful images of critters. Great variety.

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures as always.
Sweet dogs from the neighbors, the cardinal's great.
I wish you a very nice weekend.
Best regards, Irma

Rose said...

Dreat shots of the moth and grasshopper...glad you told the name of the moth. I have looked up the name before but could not remember.

Re the mules, etc. I don't even know what to say. I would have been so irritated. One time can be overlooked...maybe even two...but beyond that is way too much. I would have felt like rounding them up and selling them. LOL

Terry and Linda said...

Nothing worse than owners who don't take care of their animals. Sigh!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

Sylvia K said...

Fun pics for the day! Love the horses! Glad you shared these before "cleaning house"!! Have a great weekend!!

Sally said...

Some interesting company!

Grasshoppers? I don't know if you remember how they ate almost all my flowers last year. I hesitate to say this, but I read if you put 4 pennies in a zip lock bag, with water, it kills a lot of bugs. I didn't know if it would the grasshoppers, but so far, with the exception of one I saw yesterday, they have flown the coop. I've done some planting, and if they come back, I'm moving! :)

xoxo

Pietro and Cynthia said...

A great sequence of critters so well photographed with your cell phone!

Stephanie Faris said...

How did a cardinal get in the house? A little creature--I think it was a lizard--got into our old house. I grabbed a broom and somehow managed to get it out the door...but only after it had slithered behind the sofa for a while! I hate things like that, but I knew if I didn't get it out of the house, it could crawl off somewhere and we'd have NO idea where it had gone!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What an array!

I think I recognize that Sphinx moth, I'll check later for sure.

The neighbors animals must want to visit that world-famous critter lover they've heard about!
~

RedPat said...

A fun assortment of pics, Tex! I've always loved toads and turtles.

SweetMarie said...

the stick does look like an egret! the box turtles are so cute! a friend of mine bought a baby turtle, i'm not sure if it's a box turtle, but it's one that lives like a 100 years!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

But beautifully ...
In one post you showed us a lot of wonderful animals.
Greetings.

thepoodleanddogblog said...

That is the most fascinating dump I have ever seen. Please feel free to do it again.

Joy said...

lovely creatures...but the snake is scary!

Indrani said...

Amazing variety you got, but for the scary snake. :)

Janey and Co. said...

Loved every one, except maybe the snake. I am surprised to see a road runner in central Texas.

Nancy J said...

I do like the variety, but maybe the snake is not so good, Lovely couple next door, and of course the cats, my favourites.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a collection of different animals, birds, moths and the turtle too.

Good to see, thanks.

All the best Jan

Red said...

Now I really like the last photo as you see something in something else like a piece of wood.

Gert said...

What fun critters you have!!

Gosia k said...

Lovely Animals but the most interesting is the last bird.love from London

Margaret Adamson said...

All the horses are gorgeous and perhaps someday I may see a Roadrunner, I would love to adn the second shot of the Turtlepeeping out is smashing

Marika said...

So much diffrent kind of living there. It's so great to see birds and other creatures which we doesn't have in Finland.

Our photos said...

Wow, that is a really nice series. I enjoyed that !

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

No thanks needed, I enjoyed every picture and every word. I laughed most about the cardinal riding the dustmop back outside. One time while I was getting ready for work (in our other life) a finch flew in through the bedroom deck window. Could not get that bird to fly out again. I called the office to say I'd be late -- made up some excuse -- I'm sure nobody would have believed me that I had to catch a bird first. (I did finally persuade the little thing to leave, but it took forever).

Kovács Miklós said...

Very nice collection although I don't like snakes :)

bj said...

Good grief...I'd be a blithering idiot if I had all these creatures around me. (I know...I am such a titty baby)
Those dogs in the first photo are downright scary and look mean...
a SNAKE in your house..?? All my hair would fall out ...
the moth...noooo...
and birds flying in my house and landing on my ceiling fan would really freak me out...
Mercy, woman...

ThreeOldKeys said...

I've been watching the goldfinches, purple finches, cardinals, downy woodpeckers, a cottontail, 1,000 squirrels and a tree-climbing chipmunk the past few days.

Just when I think I'm living in wildlife-friendly suburbia, I see the numbers of critters in your life ... wow! Thanks for the fun pictures ... they are always a treat!

Stephanie said...

You gave us a wonderful selection of critters to view through your lens today. Loved them all. Well actually not the moth, especially the close up ones. They kinda look frightful.

Maggid said...

You have cool neighbors . . I got to look up "Plott Hounds" -
I LOVE Road Runners, used to have plenty for company when i was in school (Arizona - long time ago)

that baby snake was blessed to have your help - I'm not so sure i would have been so calm . . .

Love your long & unusual post.

Marie C said...

A wide variety of great-looking critters! Too bad the horses don't belong in your pasture and barn, and have helped themselves to the area! But they are pretty to look at none-the-less. :-)

Randy said...

There had to be a snake.

Paul said...

Real nice collection of miscellaneous around the Ranch pictures, I can't believe the size of the Moths and Grasshoppers you have down your way!

Karen said...

Cute critters, cool moths, and I love the wood egret!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That really is a run a round farm where guest animals love to visit! I bet that it gives you quite a workout to chase them back.
Love the different critters; funny at times! Oh, how often I walk in the dark with some toad or frog towards the creek or pond (depending on the moon light...) to rescue them after the cats bring them inside.
Hugs,
Mariette

Merrilyn said...

You, my dear, are a Master if caoturing the NOW. You help me to see the beauty in all things more clearly, and that is a gift which I appreciate, plus your love for Texas, and your home, your family there and your friends on your blog, is incredible and makes me so happy each time I come here. Thanks for all the gifts..except the snake..ha ha ha ha ha ---merri

Adam Jones said...

Wow, what a wonderful mix of nature. Really like the moths and the cat is cute too.

Rita said...

What a lovely post! Intruders and guests--LOL! ;)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Whoa, that last shot looks like a snake coming out of a hollow grapevine!

Marit Sønstebø said...

The roadrunner is so cute! The snake is not... ;))

Cloudia said...

From the sisters to the stick you had me all the way! Grr is right! Even on a ranch neighbors can be rude.....I love my visits here with you!




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Laura. M said...

Good collection you leave us today !!! I love horses.
Good Sunday;)

rainfield61 said...

A day full of critters.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful pictures. .Love the roadrunner.. So Funny.. Cheers..

Crafty Green Poet said...

The cats are adorable! Impressive moths and grasshopper too.

Beach Bum said...

A goofy Roadrunner sat on our shed roof one day as I walked by.

I'd hazard a guess he didn't see any ACME products or a scraggy coyote hanging around and felt safe.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Lots of interesting visitors.......

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful pics of all the critters around your place Tex. I hope you don't have the neighbours critters bothering you this summer again.

Felicia said...

great selection of critter images.....except ahemmmm the snake. :>)

Kate said...

The road runner looks a little scruffy!

barbara l. hale said...

Enjoyed your miscellaneous menagerie. Glad you aren't being visited by that mule anymore.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful collection of critters! The moths are gorgeous.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Thank You Theresa for showing us all things that happens around the ranch.
Absolutely fantastic to see :)

William Kendall said...

The road runner had better watch out for coyotes!

The cat pics are the most adorable!

Helma said...

Gosh what a lot of pictures! It is not to see these pictures with your mobile phone are made. They are really beautiful foot with an attractive range of animals and beautiful birds: -0

Pantherka said...

All images are so beautiful.

pattisjarrett said...

That was quick thinking to grab the mop (a mop would have never crossed my mind) to offer the cardinal a ride. Love your roadrunner. :) Glad to hear you're not getting regular trespassers now. Cool moth! I guess a snake under your boot is better than IN your boot!

Brian King said...

Lots of critter activity! I laughed at the cardinal and roadrunner! I'm sure you weren't laughing at the mules and other horse-type fence busters. :-)

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