This was my first sight of the new Mother &
her keets today
We couldn't get an exact count - between 12 & 14
keets. She has made up for all our bird losses in this one
They are being herded through the pasture back
to the Guinea Shack in the barn.
As I've mentioned before, we live in the grass hills above a river valley. So we have hills and trees in our area and there is some farming but it is mostly pastureland. We learned from one of our retired neighbors who uses his land exclusively for hunting that he has stationed a camera on his land to see what kinds of animals live there. He said there are bobcats (yikes!!), porcupine, turkeys and deer. We just lost a 'Dot' (sniffle) so we're down to 16. It's a tradeoff that we understand for free range birds. Those that range too far from the safety of the ranch will be in danger. We are curious about what critters visit our place at night - we may get a camera too. Last week when I was driving to town, I saw a very very large cat with a very very large long tail cross the road and jump into the creek just in front of me. I immediately called home to describe it to Mark. He asked me several questions and we concluded that it was a mountain lion. I've never seen one in person before and it was awesome to see such a large powerful cat. Just hope he doesn't come near our ranch.
|Another visitor to the country birdbath|
If you click on this picture, you will see the Sandhills
Cranes flying south over our ranch. There were many
more much higher. Migration is in full force.