Squirl's Nest

Monday, August 08, 2005

Sunday Drive

I went out yesterday with a friend for a nice drive in the country. Sometimes you see really good animals/birds/plants and sometimes you don't. This time I did.

Within a mile of the drive down the back dirt roads there was a blue heron standing in the street just across the intersection. He walked back and forth a bit before he flew off. I had to take pictures through the windshield as I was sure he'd fly off if I opened the door.
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Then I saw some golden glow flowers along the side of the road where it's swampy. These are usually garden flowers. I'm guessing that someone who lives across the street planted them.
Golden Glows

A bit further into the trip was a place where they keep horses. I couldn't resist this picture.
Horses

Then, Bucky's got nothing on me. We have buffalo here too. Of course this guy wasn't relieving himself like hers was.
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The really cool part, though, was when I went out back of the local landfill. Yeah, I know, real treat out here in the country, ha ha. Anyway, turkey vultures eat at the landfill. There had to be at least 100 of them. Here are the shots that I got.
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And my favorite...
Vulture1

All in all it was a very enjoyable ride.

20 comments

Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Awww, sweeeeeet! I love the turkey vulture pix. I dig them big ol' birds.

Mon Aug 08, 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

They are so graceful and beautiful in the air. Just ugly and lumbering on the ground. We need 'em too. Not enough people around here who like roadkill.

Mon Aug 08, 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

You must have some Blue Heron mojo going on. I probably only seen like 2-3 of those buggers in my life before meeting you. Now we see them all the time!!!

Glad you got out and about yesterday in climate controlled VW heaven! It was a pistol yesterday!

Mon Aug 08, 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Cool pics, Squirl. A Sunday drive sounds very relaxing.

Mon Aug 08, 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

Great photos, your heron looks like he is dancing. I agree, the land fill is a great place to get pictures. Thanks for taking us along.

Mon Aug 08, 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kitty, I loves those blue herons. Glad you've been enjoying them now, too. Yes, it has been very hot lately.

Ladybug, thanks. Yes, I really enjoy it. Of course, I don't have three children to keep happy and in their seats. :-)

August95, thank you. Yes, I love that little dance he's doing. That was right before he flew away. Wish I could take everyone along. Of course, I can't take more than three at a time in my car. :-)

Mon Aug 08, 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

The ol' Sunday drive!
Good pictures- I liked the heron standing his ground at the intersection.

Mon Aug 08, 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

Sounds like a lovely drive. How cool that you got to see so many birds and such. Lucky day.

Mon Aug 08, 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Oh sure...Sunday drive and animal pictures and peace and tranquility... and then I scroll down a bit further and find you breaking up Gumby and Pokey's happy home by setting Gumby up with Bullwinkle, and well,... I just think they'll get back together and the moose will head back to Canada, and then how will you feel, young lady?!

Mon Aug 08, 01:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Birds, always the birds.

Mon Aug 08, 01:44:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Sierrabella, what I forgot to mention in the post is that he took a dump before he flew away. Probably didn't want to dirty the water.

Kranki, I was just loving all the wildlife that I was seeing. Totally different from the wild life around your place last weekend. I hope you've gotten some sleep.

Eclectic, well, you know what they say, "I report, you decide." Or something like that. When did the Squirl's Nest turn into the National Enquirer? Hmmm

Mr B, those birds are not going to hurt you. In fact they didn't even poop on me. They flew right over me, even over my car with the sunroof open and they held it. Totally unlike the blue heron as I said in my reply to Sierrabella.

Mon Aug 08, 03:17:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Just beautiful . . . even the vulture's. I love watching birds soar . . .

Mon Aug 08, 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Nanina. No, they're not hawks, but they soar in a similar manner.

Mon Aug 08, 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger Ern said...

That's a big kettle of vultures!

Out here we get ravens and crows at the dumps.

Tue Aug 09, 02:40:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Ern. Yeah, depending on the season, the main birds are vultures and seagulls.

Tue Aug 09, 07:03:00 AM  
Blogger GW said...

inspirin' post there Squirly Girlie...inspires ole GW here to maybe put The Allmitey Oil spirit in me aside and get them prices down so y'll can enjoy those kinda rides.

purdy Turkey Vultures, if we ever git back ta using coal, maybe roadkill'll make a come back too. If it's gud nuf for them vultures, gotta be gud nuf fer everyone.

Tue Aug 09, 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

GW, if you would get those oil prices down, that would be great. More rides.

Tue Aug 09, 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

You're right; turkey vultures are MUCH prettier in the air!

Tue Aug 09, 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, you're so right. If you go up to Kitty's comment and click on her name you'll see a very good up-close shot of a vulture.

Wed Aug 10, 09:55:00 AM  
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