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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.

White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer

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!!

Wild Turkey - Rio Grande Subspecies
Wild Turkey – Rio Grande Subspecies

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!

Meadowlark Species

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!!

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

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.

white-crowned sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

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!

Sunset at the Ranch with Deer in Background

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8 responses

  1. Marg

    It looks like a wonderful place!

    11 January 2010 at 7:32 pm

  2. Harry

    Looking forward to hearing your take on the rest of the trip. Nice pics.

    11 January 2010 at 8:13 pm

  3. Have an absolutely wonderful time!! It looks like so much fun.

    11 January 2010 at 8:52 pm

  4. lob

    I’m so happy for you guys! You both certainly deserve this adventure. And we’re all loving these blogs!

    11 January 2010 at 10:09 pm

  5. Grace

    Nothing like a vacation to find some new material for your blog. Love the old fashioned windmill. I think they pump water.

    12 January 2010 at 12:55 am

  6. Looks like a great trip–glad to see the wild turkeys doing well. We have a decorative windmill–keep thinking I should be able to hook it up to something for energy.

    12 January 2010 at 3:09 pm

  7. Nice! Can’t wait to hear about your successful “hunt.”

    12 January 2010 at 7:15 pm

  8. Looks like a warm trip to me Tom..I have a friend who goes birding at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (somewhere down there) and says it is beautiful country with lots of birds in the winter !!

    13 January 2010 at 4:20 pm

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