Friday, December 19, 2014

Bright White in the Shadows

A Great Egret fishes at the pond.
Linking to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Good Fences #39

In this season of scoring "naughty or nice"...
Sign reads: Private Property No Trespassing
 if you get caught, just claim, "The devil made me do it!"
Cross over to more fences!

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! 


*Note: Next week's Good Fences link-up will open on Wednesday morning and run through Friday afternoon to accommodate those folks who want to lend a fence post even in the throes of Christmas celebrations. Thanks!*

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Whistlers on Wednesday 106

For those of you wondering if we have Whistlers hanging around this winter, yes, we do. For a couple of weeks in November, it looked like they might have gone south. But since then, we've kept about 100 here most days, squabbling, hanging around the yard and pond all day, eating whatever bird seed they can get to and whatever scratch feed I scatter for them.
 
They fly off each evening - to a lake a few miles southeast of here, I think. But every morning at day break, they begin arriving in smaller flocks, congregating around the pond and generally making a cacophony of whistles as they mix together and wait for the feed they know I'll lay out.

This Green Heron is wondering what happened to his nice, quiet morning fishing spot after an influx of Whistling Ducks.
Shooting through the deck railings.

They'll have territorial dust-ups and squabbles. They'll form cliques along the pond's edge, in trees, and on the lawn. They'll come up to the bird feeder area over and over again, collecting whatever seeds fall from woodpeckers and squirrels foraging from the tube feeders.

 Daily hijinks at Run*A*Around...
A couple of short videos so you can watch their mixing and milling. The first was shot from inside the house, but you can still see and hear them whistling and squabbling as they seek out scratch feed.
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The second very quick clip is from one afternoon as some were waiting for me to walk back from the barn to give them their late-day feeding (and they flew off as BB came too close).
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(I shot these with my cell phone and uploaded them directly to this post. I've tried going through YouTube but the video seems to get distorted so I hope you're able to play them as is.)
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