We make it to the Ranch
After a quick Dairy Queen visit we finally arrived at Rocksprings to meet our 3 guides who would be taking everyone around for the next few days. The vehicles got filled up with gas and Patty headed over to the local grocery store for her hunting license. We then drove northwest . . . . drove some more. . . and drove a little longer than expected . . . . everyone showed great calmness as soon as we turned into the Canyon Ranch gate. We couldn’t believe our eyes and this ranch was more beautiful than we had ever imagined it being.
The deer was plentiful and I just wanted to stop to take pictures of them all. . . . but we needed to keep up with our guides or we would have been lost for sure. Gate here . . . gate there . . . long dirt road . . . wait as a large flock of Wild Turkey (Rio Grande – subspecies) crosses the road . . . big White-tailed Deer buck on our left . . . the adventure getting there was worth the trip but this is where the adventure really started!!
We pulled up to the ranch house and Meadowlarks were EVERYWHERE . . . . ugg trying to figure out is that a . . . . Western . . . no wait is that an Eastern . . . wait too many Meadowlarks . . . stop moving birds! Could that have been a Roadrunner . . . nope young Meadowlark!! I promise not to start every story with a Meadowlark . . . but honestly they were EVERYWHERE!
I had always wondered where my White-crowned Sparrows over-wintered and at dusk it was nice hearing them singing “O Welcome Welcome Come-see-me” . . . . but I was looking for lifers!! “Look over there” said Patty, “birdies by the barn”!! Nope, one was an Eastern Phoebe and the others were House Finch and English Sparrow’s . . . . GRRRR looking for lifers!!! It was nice seeing my tail-wagging Phoebe though!!
We started exploring the ranch and deer started to overwhelm us with new names like . . . . Axis, Scimitar Horned Oryx, Fallow Deer, and Blackbuck Antelope. It was absolutely amazing seeing so many deer in an area like this!! We all realize why a ranch like this supports the Southern Outdoor Experience television program and schedule great hunts like this.
Sure enough the sun had set quicker than expected but we still needed to settle in to our room and the next day will have clear skies and great 60°F temperatures. My next blog post will be with my first long day at the Ranch and the adventures around those 5 lifers I end up finding that day!
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