By the way, this might be a very long post. (or not)
My pal Dusty lives near Eugene and Corvallis. Her ranch blog is Morgan River Ranch. The area is just beautiful. (click to biggify)
|Looking southwest, that's the hay barn back there|
There are chickens on the ranch, but no rooster. Still, we didn't lack for a morning wake-up call. As the morning brightened, Roar, the ranking ranch bull, would begin announcing his presence to any other bulls within a few miles, as well as any interested cows. This was no "lowing" or mooing no, (that came earlier) this was a proud and boasting bugling, sounding more elephantine than bovine. What a great noise! I tried capturing the sound with video, but every time I readied my camera, Roar would go camera shy.
After coffee and Roar's serenade, we were off for our morning walk. Several days in a row the dogs flushed a large bird from the ground, which I judged to be an owl because of its size and rounded wing shape. Dale went along on one of our walks and called it correctly, a turkey hen, likely sitting on a nest. Since we'd already disturbed her, we had a look. And then made sure to leash the dogs around this area.