No, not a rerun of a Kojak show... but our own entertainment here at the gate guard job.
This ranch is large so there's plenty of area to explore, but the down side of this job is that one of us has to be at the gate at all times... no taking walks together. Actually this has worked out pretty good as when we each return from our walks we have lots of things to share with the other.
Today was no exception... Bill went for a long walk after breakfast. We've pretty much determined that this ranch is now used for hunting... deer, quail, doves... maybe all of the above.
There are lots of deer stands around, but none look as though they've been used recently. Bill came across this one today...
Being the observant person he is, he looked it over... and on one side, he noticed that the boards were warped and had come away from the side.
Hmmmm... looks like feathers...
He didn't have his binoculars nor his camera, so he didn't pursue this any further. Instead, he walked back home and told me where the blind is located, knowing that I'd head right back there to investigate.
I sneaked up behind the blind... baby-stepping through the cactus, hoping I wouldn't scare away whatever was there.....
Oh My! I've been spotted!
I don't know if this was the Great-horned owl's nest or just a place to hang out for the day. Mama owl flew off when she saw me, but the two owlets stayed put and checked me out.
These two baby owls have a great view of the area... rodents, snakes or any other critter on the desert floor would be easy pickin's from up here.
The owls are quite large, but still have some of their "downy" feathers.
I took a bunch of pictures and headed home...
I added "Great-horned Owl" to our list of birds we've seen while here at this job, bringing the total to 54.
Maybe I'll walk back there again tomorrow and see if they're still around.
That's All For Today!