Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday's Tails, #11

This week, Tuesday's Tails is going to the birds...some of the birds that hang out around the Lazy J Bar C that is!

First up are my favorites, the ravens. We have a pair that have been here for several years that hang out down at the barn. These birds are huge, every bit as big as the chickens! 

How do I know they are the same ones you ask? Check out this one flying away, he/she has a bad foot - you can see it hanging down in the picture.

Next is another one of my favorites, the Swainson's hawk. I had never seen these guys around here until the past couple of years, usually only the red-tailed hawks. This one cruises over the barn every afternoon, glad I have wire over the top of the chickens' pen!

Next is the curve-billed thrasher. They like to build their nests in the cholla cactus. We had one build a nest in a cholla down near the barn two years in a row, it was fun watching the eggs hatch! Jerry finally had to dig up the cactus though because it got too big and the horse and goats kept getting stickers. This lady usually hangs out down by the chicken coop; although, yesterday, she was in the garden when I went out to take pictures of the sproutage. Sorry for the blurry picture but I wanted ya'll to see her yellow-orange eye.

Then she flew up on top of the chimney. She likes to sit up there and sing, she makes lovely sounds and I like listening to her but her song kind of echoes down the chimney into the fireplace and it drives the cats nuts! LOL!!

Also in the garden yesterday were the sparrows. I believe they are sage sparrows but I'm not 100% sure. These guys are only here during the winter, hmmm...does that make them snowbirds?!? LOL!!

And no post about birds in the high desert would be complete without a picture of a roadrunner doing what roadrunners do best...running across the road! This one is a young bird, they can get quite a bit bigger than this. In the summer when the lizards are hanging out up here around the house, we see a LOT of roadrunner activity as lizard is one of their favorite meals.

That's it for this week's Tuesday's Tails, I hope ya'll enjoyed hangin' out with the birds! :)


TexWisGirl said...

LOVE your bird bath! and the echoing down the chimney is too funny!

LindaG said...

Loved all the pictures, thank you!
I can totally see your cats trying to find that bird, too. :)

Alica said...

I'll bet your cats go nuts! Jim's grandma was quite the avid bird watcher, and knew all the different kinds. I've got lots to learn. The roadrunners would be fun to watch!

Candy C. said...

I could hear her this morning as I was posting this!

Some days poor Bob is just beside himself! LOL!!

The roadrunners are fun and really, really good lizard hunters!

Susan said...

I have a small family of crows that like to swoop in and clean up the corn the chickens leave. They are fun to watch. But, a roadrunner! I would LOVE to see one up close and personal!

Candy C. said...

They are fun to watch! When they run, the tail is down but when they stop, it goes up!

Tombstone Livestock said...

oh please, please, send me a road runner or two, I am over run with lizards and snakes. Beep, Beep

Candy C. said...

I would if I could and they would certainly thin out the lizard population at least! :)

Jen said...

Ooo that roadrunner looks really cool! Nice post.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I saw a roadrunner, in fact a mom with babies, in Vegas out at Red Rock Canyon! It was amazing. I thought they would be bigger, just judging by the cartoon (LOL)!

Ngo Family Farm said...

I remember looking out the window not long after we bought our farm and seeing two HUGE ravens polishing off an elk bone one of the dogs left around. I'd never seen them up close, and they really are big birds!

Sharon said...

Thank you for sharing the birds from your farm. I like bird watching, and have not seen some of your birds before.

Candy C. said...


Wow, I've never seen a mom with babies! How cool!

Candy C. said...

I love the ravens, they sit down at the barn and just "talk" to each other!

It's always fun to see birds from different parts of the country! :)