North Erath County, Texas, 32.43 lat., -98.36 long. Elev. 1,086 ft. Turkey Creek Quad.
Light mist this morning. Probably 0.20 inch of rain since yesterday.
Lilly, Star and Fanny browse front pasture. Lilly shows age with slower gait and right back leg limp. Sweet Hija still at ESMS on Brazos. Shiney is at Jimmie Hardin’s in Aubrey, Texas, for ground training and conditioning for Triangle Sale, Shawnee, Oklahoma, June 5, 2010. Miss the little guy more than I thought I would.
Pasture grasses are erupting well. Vetch in far field is waist-high in places.
This week, Mourning Doves (Zenaidura macroura) are cooing. No calls before then, but noticed their presence. This morning the doves were ground feeding in the front yard. From Peterson: has a pointed tail, most widespread dove in the West. As to the call, Peterson says it is a “hollow mournful ooah, cooo, cooo, coo. At a distance only the three coo‘s are audible.” The color of the dove in our front yard was a reddish-gray with black spots. The two dove would ground feed a moment, then hunker down in the grass and loaf. I must have watched them for ten minutes and then had to come back to office and work on college Blackboard classes. I will have to focus on their call to hear the 00ah. I am practicing on imitating their call better.
We have a larger dove that is whitish that appears in late summer. It is untyped. The two dove will perch on the power pole by the barn and watch me feed the horses.
The following are some photographs I took this morning.
These photographs were taken last week.
Field grasses obscure pasture lanes. Minimum shredding planned this year, indicative of lower carbon footprint. In addition, taller grasses can harbor wildlife. Hand cut mesquite brush this season, using clippers and large cutters. Lessen vehicle use in pastures.
Lilly, Star and Fanny have browsed their way to the front pasture and are now standing close together, switching their tails to keep the flies away. They have all this space to lounge around in and they prefer to stand together with their bodies almost touching. Herd animals. I worry about Lilly during the night and have corralled her so she can avoid predators. One mountain lion sighting three months ago on SH 108 near Gibson place.
I must get the duct tape down in the barn and duct tape my Peterson’s Field Guide. The binding is coming off.