Saturday, February 28, 2015

Varmint in a Tree

We've had trouble with raccoon varmints this month. I have the horse feed secured in the barn (bags stored in closed tack room; usable feed in three metal trash cans) and years ago, we switched the bird seed storage to metal trash cans, too. But the raccoons have taken to raiding the bird feeders almost every night. The dogs spot them through the deck windows and go bonkers until I let them out. The dogs chase the raiders up into trees and sometimes keep them there all through the night, even when temps drop to freezing. But eventually (because they've mellowed with age) they will give up their post and come in to eat breakfast. I keep the dogs inside until the raccoons can make their escape in the daylight. Here's one making his descent from the bird feeder tree.

The Whistlers are wondering why this night-time varmint is out in the daylight.


The dogs tear up the bark on the trees out of frustration because they can't reach their prey.



Making sure the coast is clear before leaving the tree.



Not exactly graceful, but it works.


Feisty varmint, just go already!

Finally!
Here's another tree the dogs have scraped up. Anyone else see the "Ghostbusters" logo in it or is it just me? :)

Linking to Saturday's Critters

Friday, February 27, 2015

Run*A*Round Skies

I need to flush some skies from my photo files.

A few from September.

 
Vultures kettling

 Some from December.
Looking up the driveway.


The barn and one of the oaks in the yard.

A night shot of the front oak.

 

Linking to Skywatch Friday

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Good Fences #49

I liked this place - two houses sharing one large driveway with barns at the rear of the property.
 Two sisters who apparently raise miniature horses.
 Some spotted in each of their front pastures.
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!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Whistlers on Wednesday 116

Winter Whistlers everywhere...

 
 


Adorable goofy faces!

And sweet resters.

 




 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Mexican Eagle

The Crested Caracara is a bird that is often seen with vultures as it frequently dines on carrion. I looked out to see one along the pond one day.
Whistling Ducks flying around.
I thought he might have found the opossum that the dogs had killed previously, but I hadn't seen any other vultures nearby.
 I shot these photos with the telephoto from inside the house, just recording his presence.
It wasn't until I reviewed the photos on the computer that I realized he had (I'm assuming) killed a Whistling Duck. Snapping turtles have injured and tried to drown them and both snapping turtles and hawks have taken young Whistlers, but this is the first time I'd seen an adult taken by a predator.

I guess he was living up to his nickname, "The Mexican Eagle." The Caracara may eat carrion, but he is still a fierce hunter, too.

The Whistlers watch nervously.

 
He began dragging his kill away from the pond's edge.
 He stowed the carcass under the tree for safe-keeping.
The next day, I only found feathers. It is nature's way.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday
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