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  1. Don't tell me about tongue! “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will RogersIf Lola were an athlete in the NFL she would be a tight end rather than a wide receiver. She can block, guard, tackle, and catch but with 81 lbs of lean muscle she does not change direction with the facility of a Jack Russel or a Border Collie. She powers through obstacles. She is fearless. In barn hunt competition she is known to move hay bales to get to the prize. In agility competition she will leap over any barrier with ease and negotiate the the seesaw with aplomb. Lola is an exemplar of the Bouvier des Flandres breed. She has no concept of personal space. Social distancing is beyond her powers of comprehension. I was snoozing in my recliner when she started licking my ear. I love my three bouviers. They are a comfort in these times of stress and isolation. However, I take exception to certain intrusions of the Canis overfamiliaris species. So I took up a tennis ball and led her out to the backyard with the following result.
  2. Thank you, Tony. The Northern Mockingbird was one of my "usual suspects" but at extreme range and with few identifiable markings I was reluctant to guess.
  3. Thank you, Kevin. This is the first time I succeeded in photographing one. It is a new addition to my list. The Inca Dove is a native species of Texas. Hunting is not permitted due to its limited numbers within the state. <a href="https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/hunter-education/know-your-doves" rel="noreferrer nofollow">tpwd.texas.gov/education/hunter-education/know-your-doves</a> Thank you for the confirmation, Jefferson Shank.
  4. You may be correct. I don't think I have enough information to make a positive identification. The bird was only visible for three of four seconds as it glided over my backyard and the neighbor's yard. My eye level was about eighteen feet above ground level. The bird's flight was about seven feet above ground level. It barely cleared my six foot privacy fence. I had no view of the bird's feet or breast. It was a big majestic bird. I was excited to see it.
  5. Thanks for the reply, AlexHenry. I have seen Cooper's Hawk in my backyard but they are smaller birds. I have viewed many images of Red-tailed Hawks but those images do not correspond to the bird I observed. I do not often have the opportunity to observe hawks in my backyard at a distance that would permit identification. I would describe myself as a wildlife photographer rather than a dedicated birder.
  6. I was standing on the second floor deck of my house looking down. The largest hawk I have seen in this area swept across the backyard from north to south in a glide with a following wind. The wings were fully extended. I only had a view of the bird's upper side. The head and back and tail were a dark mottled rufous brown color. This was not a Red-tailed Hawk. The tail was the same color as the back. The body and head had a chunky, solid appearance. The wings showed some white. My observation post was about forty feet from the flight of the bird. W hat do you think?
  7. The bird on the right is obviously a male Lesser Goldfinch. Is his companion a Female Lesser Goldfinch? I believe the second photo shows an American Goldfinch. Am I correct?
  8. COME AND TAKE IT! Texan bravado infects even the smallest of critters. At the minor skirmish known as the Battle of Gonzales—the first land battle of the Texas Revolution against Mexico—a small group of Texans successfully resisted the Mexican forces who had orders from Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea to seize their cannon. As a symbol of defiance, the Texans had fashioned a flag containing the phrase "come and take it" along with a black star and an image of the cannon that they had received four years earlier from Mexican officials. This was the same message that was sent to the Mexican government when they told the Texans to return the cannon; lack of compliance with the initial demands led to the failed attempt by the Mexican military to forcefully take back the cannon.
  9. I have a hummingbird who visits my nectar feeder daily and has done so since November of last y.ear. I saw him again today. I know it is the same individual bird because he has a red or orange spot on the left side of his neck that I would estimate to be the size of the fingernail on my pinkie His back is a bronze color rather than green or brown. He most often visits the feeder in the morning when the feeder which faces to the west of the house is in the shadow of the roof. I regret that I do not have a particularly good photo of him. He is quite elusive. My guess is that he is an immature Rufous Hummingbird. I have had several identifiable mature male Rufous who frequented my feeder in the winter months of previous years. This is the only hummingbird visitor I have observed this winter. I welcome your suggestions for obtaining a positive identificaton.
  10. Thanks y'all for the kind assistance. A newbie needs all the help he can get.
  11. Excellent! The Chipping Sparrow is a new species to add to my very short list.
  12. One viewer of my Flickr account tells me she thinks I misidentified these birds as House Sparrows. I suspect she is correct. In my defense, I will note that I have a colony of House Sparrows living in the Purple Martin condo on my property. I tried to keep them out by using duct tape to cover the entrances until the Purple Martins arrived. No luck with that. The House Sparrows ripped up the duct tape and moved in. I know the House Sparrows have a gray crown. The crown on these birds appears to be more of a russet color. Can you help with the identification?
  13. "Well, Tex, I'm genrally an easy goin' critter but they ain't no way I answer to the name of Fluffbutt!"
  14. Eat hearty mis amigos. Eli Wallach and his band of squirrel banditos are planning their raid upon our village. Steve McQueen and the Magnificent Seven only arrive late in the second reel and well after the conclusion of the Elmer Bernstein opening theme. https://www.thetabernaclechoir.org/articles/theme-from-magnificent-seven-1-million-views.html
  15. Tough nut? Woodhouse's Scrub Jay.
  16. Great shot! I don't know what equipment you used, but a Texas rancher would have used a .30-30 Winchester.
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