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.