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Afternoon walk

Saturday, March 27, 2021


This is Lamb Chop - all the baby sheep get that name...

Saw a few interesting things while out walking today.
First was a thatcher ant hill. The ants were busy covering their three-foot, one-foot tall hill with debris. These black and red ants can bite hard - so don't mess with them!

Farther down the trail I started seeing turkey vultures circling above the trees. When I finally got to a spot where I could see them all - there were seven of them!

On the way back I heard an odd sound - like pebbles being tossed onto a frozen lake - coming from the underbrush. I wondered what that could be. I stood still and watched for a short while. Out popped a Quayle. I quietly took a few photos, but as soon as I moved to look at them he flew off.

I sat at the kitchen table and was editing the photos on the computer when I noticed a large bird at the suet feeder. Turns out it was a yellow-shafted northern flicker. A rare bird for this area. As I went through my photos of it, I saw that an Anna's hummingbird had photo-bombed it!


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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Awwww, Lamb Chop! Cute.
    50 days ago
  • MILPAM3
    Thank you for sharing your pictures of the quail, hummingbird, lamb (looks like it was cross bred with a Holstein), ants and other birds. I always keep my eyes open when walking. Nature is so interesting. A couple days ago, at least 20 yearling deer leapt across the road. Thankfully, I stopped in time.
    50 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    emoticon Tour! WOW! Interesting too. That's a mindful tour, observing everything. Lamb Chop is adorable. That last photo is amazing! Both birds in one shot! What a big bird is the northern flicker.
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    50 days ago
  • WHITEANGEL4
    A very interesting day and thanks for the information on the northern flicker. I have never seen one of these
    50 days ago
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