Sunday, April 28, 2013
Of Course I Want To Go To The Back Forty
Why would John have to ask that? I should let him take me to the back and I crawl into a deer blind and watch and wait while he does his chores then he could come back to get me. Check! Bug spray, cell phone, snack. but no gun. That part of the ranch is for sale but they are asking an outlandish price so maybe John will have it for a while. We have a pair of quail just outside of the back forty and they always run in the lane ahead of us. Don't see any young ones following behind. Maybe because of the drought. Maybe they are laying now. So many maybes. The nice lady at The Runaround Ranch Report has posted pictures of the whistler ducks which I never knew anything about. Today when I was walking quietly over the dam to feed the turtles I spotted something in a dead tree across the stock tank. I made sure to not make any noise. When I was even with the dead tree I could see there were six of the Whistlers perched in the tree. When I started feeding the turtles they few off and I counted again, yes six of those pretty ducks. We looked for the cow and her deformed calf. The mama wasn't as nervous and the other cows were around. One of the other mama's went over and licked the baby. It does seem to be blind and depending on hearing and smell. When John walked behind it I saw it give a big sniff. The swelling on it's forhead is not any bigger, if anything maybe a little smaller. He is just worried about the state of it's brain. We had a nice rain here in town but was very disappointed not a drop at the ranch where he needs it to keep the grass green for the cows.