Pretty quickly I found out that the gravel roads- MIXED TERRAIN!- were sort of washed out and lumpy and should be handled with care.
|Fowl on the run!|
|Best-in-show, I suspect.|
I took a side route and found the western portions of the Meadow Trail that we modified yesterday. What follows is a series of terrible pics of flowers, barns and Nature. It really was scenic at the time. It really was.
From there I took the trail that starts with an 'H'. One of the workers on a 4-wheeler bade me caution as I tumbled down the gravel road. Little did he know that I'm a bit of a mixed-terrain professional. The downhill run along 'H' was quite pleasant, with views of rock walls, trees, fields, and washed-out gullys/gullies. Towards the bottom I entered into a slightly more treed area and found a sign announcing efforts for Quail Habitat renewal. It was working because so far I had heard numerous bob-WHITE calls. More terrible pics to follow.
|I like prairies and I like wildflower fields. Evidently Quail do too.|
|The yellow and black sign has something about Quail.|
|Central Kentucky's flood event. It continued to mist and rain off and on.|
|Barn Swallow field|
|Step-up fence. Don't know if my many readers have seen this before.|
|Friends and students both know I generally detest cats. These three barn cats amused me with their attentive ears. Obviously I wasn't wanted. F$%k cats!|
|Restored prairie and Quail habitat|
Once I had surveyed the scene I turned around and easily rolled down the hill, stopping and using the binoculars a bit until it...That's right...it starting raining again. There were barn swallows, mourning doves, a damn brown bird that I almost saw before it flew off Asshole, goldfinch eating on the Coneflower like they always do, lots and lots of rabbits and some interesting bird possibilities. First I caught a glimpse of what I think might have been an Oriole. It was bit far and the binocs were misting over. Too bad because I've never seen one. Secondly I saw a glimpse through some heavy tree coverage of three or four medium-sized yellow birds, perhaps warblers of some sort. High is a dead tree I saw not one but three brown thrashers. Those aren't too common in town. And they were run off by not one but three Northern Flickers. Before Day 2 of the Shaker Flood I had one seen a fleeting, flying glimpse of a Northern Flicker. Four in one 30-minute span would imply that I need to pay more attention. Oh, and I saw and listened to a damn blue bird that I don't know what it was now. Happy, blue bird people?!?
From there I meandered via the paved road home, enjoying the vistas, the bob-WHITE calls, the fresh air. I walked a bit and stopped a couple times too to take crappy cellphone pics I'm really not happy with.
The contrast between how much I enjoyed the jaunt and how unhappy I am with the world's worst pictures couldn't be greater. The Central Kentucky, with its fields, fences, woods, contours and generally peaceful terrain affects me greatly. I assume we all have a favorite kind of landscape. I know mountains and beaches get the press, but I would love nothing greater than 20 acres of wildflower prairie to stare at each morning with my coffee. If in the area, you should visit the Free Shakertown trails and nature preserve. They are among the best quality that KY has to offer. Just take a real camera, for @$#(* sake.
Indigo Bunting MANY Or Blue Grosbeak MANY or whatev effing blue birds they were
Brown Thrasher 3x
Flicker 3x +1 feeder
Hairy or Downy woodpecker-feeder
Brown headed cowbird
??Baltimore Oriole- high in tree misty for glass
?? Titmouse- high in tree with crest
?? Yellowish sized wrens high in tree
?? Pileated flying overhead