Saturday, February 11, 2012

Back Roads equals Horned larks

I am linking up with Camera Critters

A good tip from a birding friend of mine, she told me after a snowy day I should take a ride on the back roads around my neighborhood to look for new birds. It seems the birds like to find food along the road where the snow melts. So, on this day I took a slow ride around watching the birds fly away from the edges of the road. You never know what you might find  Horned Larks, Sparrows, Juncos, Longspurs and sometimes even Snow Buntings.


On this day I found the Horned Larks and some Juncos. They flew away when I got close, so I stopped the car and they came right back. 






Above, you can just barely make them out but there are four Horned Larks along the edge of the road. One has its head way down in the snow.  Must be something really tasty there. Do you think they like road salt?



It seems like where ever I go I am always seeing vultures. These Turkey Vultures seem to be watching a group of donkeys. Not sure why?





The donkeys do not seem to mind being watched by the vultures and by me. I think they are so cute.

I hope you enjoyed my critters this week and  to see more wonderful and cute critters check out Camera Critters..   I have added the new Linky followers for those who will soon be loosing Google Friend Connect. Thanks to Misty Dawn for hosting and Thank You for stopping by to see my critters. I hope everyone is having a great weekend and Happy Birding.

49 comments:

Sue said...

Perhaps the vultures think those donkeys are as cute as we do!
It would make ME nervous to be watched by them---it would make me think they might know something I don't--LOL!

rainfield61 said...

Birding in a winter.

What an experience.

Linda said...

Nice shots of the birds on the side of the road...I enjoy watching them, but don't think I would head out in the snow to find them! I am a total wimp when it comes to snow! Have a warm day.

Dan Huber said...

Great photos Eileen, and thanks for sharing the tip on where to look for birds. Strange but true, no snow here.

Tammy said...

Creepy vultures...

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Those turkey vultures...they're everywhere, aren't they? Love those sweet, sweet burros! And loved the images of the lark and junco!!

Babooshka JH said...

We have so many garden birds, especially this time of year, but never a snow bunting. Envious of that image.

Nancy Reinke said...

The donkeys are very cute. Much smaller than the donkeys around here. These are burros, perhaps? Anyway, I enjoyed your photos. And I'll look for birds as the snow melts here. Thanks.

forgetmenot said...

You just never know what you will find when you are out driving around. I went out the other day to take some sunset photos, and as I was driving down the road, numerous wild turkeys started crossing. I got some great shots and will post them in not too long. I don't think I've ever seem a vulture "up close and personal". Have a great weekend. Mickie;)

Life Ramblings said...

the vulture certainly looks creepy. your photos are wonderful.

Antonette said...

I think they are either miniature donkeys or burrows. Whatever they are they are cute!

ladyfi said...

Oooo - such sweet fuzzy donkeys!

Rohrerbot said...

Hello there! They sure do love road salt. I think they have a reaction to it like alcohol does for humans. It slows them down if they eat too much....and if go overdose, they can also die. Weird. Love those donkeys as well. What are the vultures thinking?:) Probably waiting for the donkeys to fall over or have what they're eating. My mom always compared vultures to us boys. But I drew a line when it came to eating roadkill:)

Laura said...

I love donkeys, they have such tender eyes.

TexWisGirl said...

using your car as a blind is smart. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures! Love the donkeys.

EG Wow said...

Thanks for the tip, Eileen! I'll have to check some country roads s the snow melts.

All our turkey vultures have flown south, I think, as I haven't seen any all winter long.

Indrani said...

Great critter captures.

Ruta said...

Oh, those turkey vultures...they sure are ugly!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

these are so lovely, eileen.

this totally uplifted my morning.

thank you.
have a great weekend!

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

Love all these critters in the snow - a rare sight in Texas!

Bob Bushell said...

Great photos in the snow.

Marydon said...

Spectacular captures, Eileen. You have such a keen eye for beauty.
Happy Valentine's ~
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Love those little donkeys... I'm your newest follower on 'Linky Followers,' will you follow me back?

Al said...

Great critter shots. I wouldn't want to be watched by a vulture!

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Love those little birds in the snow. I wonder how they stay warm?

Mama Zen said...

I wouldn't want those vultures watching me!

Denise said...

Great Camera Critter post Eileen. I've never heard of the Horned Lark before, and I thank you for introducing it to me.

heyBJK said...

I've never seen Horned Larks. I have seen lots of vultures, though. :-) Maybe they knew something about the donkeys you didn't.

Ann said...

The birds must be thinking," Why is that Vroom Vroom animal chasing us away?"

Phil said...

Those Horned Larks are great Eileen, and what a great name - over here we just call them Shore Larks, not nearly as descriptive. i think like lots of birds, a bit of road grit helps digestion. Have good Sunday.

Carol said...

Enjoyed the critters! Such cute donkeys. I'd be nervous with a vulture watching but they seem to be enjoying their grazing!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

We have meadowlarks here -- I would love to see a horned lark -- beautiful birds Eileen. :)

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

The little burrows are so cute!

Lina Gustina said...

Perhaps the vultures love seeing donkeys :)
Donkeys are cute but some of us think that they are dumb animals :(

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wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Great pictures! I have never seen any of the birds you mentioned but then, maybe those particular birds don't visit Cumberland County, TN? I'll be on the lookout just in case. Have a fantastic day today and a most pleasant coming week!

Bill S. said...

I love horned larks. During the winter, we have thousands of them along the roads and they nest out in the desert during the summer.

Great photos and blog.

Reader Wil said...

Your tours in nature are always interesting. Your birds are sometimes so different from ours that it is wonderful to see that we live in really different places.
Thanks for showing your wildlife.
Have a great new week.

Small City Scenes said...

Always a treat to find some of the more uncommon birds. Good shots. MB

NixBlog said...

Great captures, Eileen. Always feel sorry for those animals in the cold, but I guess they have their fur and feathers to keep them warm.

Kathiesbirds said...

Cute donkeys and I haven't seen horned larks in awhile. Good for you!

chubskulit said...

That's a huge vulture!

Saun said...

That is a good shot of the vultures and donkeys.

eden said...

Beautiful photos. I hope I would be able to see vulture in the wild someday.

Gillian Olson said...

That is an interesting tip about seeing the birds along the edge of the road where the snow has melted. I am quite intrigued by the vultures, I have never seen one around here.

Ann said...

Met a sports instructor called Cunningham today. I always wonder, where do the birds go in winter.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like your assortment of critters. Years ago we went to a bird festival in Burns Oregon to see sage grouse (we did and it was wonderful). One one tour the guide looked out at the edge of the road and said 'oh those are just some horned larks' , but I remember I was very excited to learn this new bird too! (well, you know, maybe not as exciting as the sage grouse, but still they were a new bird to me!

Johnny Nutcase said...

Looks like a fun hike, and cold! Like your bird friends too :)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice shots.

Regards and best wishes

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