Field Log 9/21/2010 (Quail)

North Erath County, Texas, Lat 32.43 N, Long -98.36 W, elev. 1,086 ft. Turkey Creek Quad.

One week ago, 9:00 a.m., I flushed a large covey of quail to the west of the ranch house.  They were feeding under the live oak tree.  A single quail sighted a week before the flushed covey.  Relinquishing pastures to native grass may have induced quail browsing.

Two mornings ago at 5:00 a.m. while walking the Yeller and Lottie, I heard a deer snort over the fence on the Dooley place.

Solitary white cow bird sighted two days ago.  Cow birds feed with horses in early spring.

The four inches of rain two weeks ago has caused greening of all pastures.  Pasture grasses, especially buffalo grass, are re-erupting.

Yesterday morning at 5:00 a.m., some type of birds quietly chattering in mesquite trees.  Quiet chatter.  Never heard such a thing before.

Harris hawks continue to prey in the pastures.  Their flight patterns are low to the ground.

Some slight turning of tree leaves in grove to yellow and brown.

Overturned soil in arena to soften ground for Lilly and Star.

Dove hunters are not so plentiful this year about the county.  Few shots heard.

Bull nettle growth about stock tank needs cutting.

Photograph featured is a cottonwood tree above Casa Sena in Santa Fe.


Filed under Birds, Deer, Dogs, Field Log

4 responses to “Field Log 9/21/2010 (Quail)

  1. Evangline

    I know the hard work that goes into your land and animals but when you describe it , it sounds a bit of heaven on earth. Thanks for sharing

  2. Kittie Howard

    After the previous post, I felt a bit down. As much as words comfort about spirits being free, the selfish me yearns for the animals I knew, when they played and slept and suckled. But when I read this post, my ole self returned. Jack, these bird and animal sightings are fantastic!! Whoo hooo! Success! Mother Nature loves you. She’s decided to send her kids over to your place to play. Gosh, Jack, if more people put the work you did in resoring natural resources, what a wonderful planet we’d have. You’re a fabulous role model, Jack. I’m honored to know you.

    • Oh, Kittie, it just seems impossible at times, but we must try. I swear my ranchito with its restoration of native grasses is bringing back wildlife. You are so descriptive and poetic in your comment. I like the photo you have on your blog site. I think I know where it is.

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