05/17/13 ** Day 23 ** Exhausted todayâŠ.got up at 4am and got ready to head out to the ranch. Saw it was overcast tho, so I took my time. Wanted to hit the area at what I call âTurkey Crossingâ at the end of the roosting area on the river. But I took my time due to the overcast weather. I decided to hunt armadillo. On the way, I spotted a big white dog at the old Dinero store on 534 and Jones Road. I went, âNO, you canât have itâ, to myself and continued to the ranch.
I loaded up the âmuleâ and off I went. Drove thru the Cattle Pen field and got âcat-calledâ by Donald, the Donkey. No Armadillos!! Then drove around a bit and ended up at the âTurkey Crossingâ, set up by 7:30 and waited. Actually I scared off the Green Heron cause I had to clean up the âtrashâ that was up against the log and the water level to the river had dropped. wow!! I waited till about 9:15a and called it. I had anotherÂ turkey “fly” over me to land on the other side. That’s why I call it what I do!!! Â Then the clouds started to look like it would clear, but it was on and off.
I drove on up to âLions, Tigers & Bearsâ looked around and found ânadaâ. It was still a bit overcast and I said well, letâs head to the “Big Slue”. As I was driving up the wooded area away from âLTBâ, I heard and felt this, sputter/gurgle coming from the âmuleâ. I went, “uh oh, that donât sound good”. I turned off on the road headed to the “Big Slue” and the sputtering got worse, then the engine died. Hmmmmm, no gas!! Wish these things had a gas gauge. Anyways, I called one of the landowners and he was out of town. Then I called the 2nd landowner a couple of times, finally got a hold of himÂ and he came right over and filled up the tank. Good thing it was still overcast cause it was getting hot. I spotted a coyote while waiting tho, no photo, but it was neat to see. Had I not been able to find anyone, it was a good 2 mile walk to civilization!!! Folks, I’m in the boonies out there.
I finally made it to the âBig Slueâ and drove around looking for the Armadillo. I ended up at the 2nd river access area,Â got outÂ of the “mule”Â and took my smaller camera with me, but saw some egret across the river and wanted my âbig mamaâ for a better shot. Not for the contest but for me!! While I was getting the camera, a boat came thru and scared them off. Dratz!! I found some cool areas on the bank, but decided to hike along the upper bank and see what I could see! George had told me he’d spotted a Kingfisher last week, but I couldnât find the area. As I was under the tree canopy,Â I saw an owl land in the tree ahead of me.Â I tried to get a photo itÂ flew off. I said, Iâll get you laters!! I figured it was a “Barred Owl”.
I hiked almost to the property line and headed back into the âBig Slueâ I had hiked probably a little over ÂŒ mile, so I had to head back another ÂŒ mile. Folks, it was getting warm out there….I then calsearched forÂ the owl. I figured it was a Barred and I wasnât disappointed. Two came to visit. Got one âdecentâ shot, but the trees were in the way. Here is one where I missed, but he didnât. Arenât they awesome birdies.
It got hot in this area, so I finally left about noon having driven all the way to the opposite end of the âBig Slueâ, and wow, youâve gotta keep your eyes open, there are some big ruts out there. This area wasÂ the upper most part of Lake Corpus Christi and use to be underwater, itâs immense.
I headed out and drove thru the portions of the ranch Iâd never hit beforeÂ and just had a great time finding my way out!! Finally left at 1:30pm ending a great morningÂ session there, but noticing there were 2 pups, not just one, at the Dinero store that someone had âdumpedâ there. Iâm hoping someone decides to take them in. A friend that lives in the area checked on them since I was almost home. Iâd called her to see if there was a shelter thatâd take them in, but no such luck. She said someone had left them water and food, so no telling who left them there. They werenât there yesterday, so they had to have been dumped after I went by at 1pm 05/16/13âŠ.so sad!! God be with these young pups and I hope someone will take them in. â„ s