The Lessor Prairie Chicken is about to become an endangered species according to the last count they took on the birds. It has suffered thru the drought just like our Farmers, but they will not the Government protection that the bird will. The picture abodes shows the tracking collar that is be used to study this bird.
It has always been in this area and it’s population has had large swings when our weather cycle sends a drought across the area. It has come to the attention of the different Wildlife services and organizations that look after its home range. They are proposing a plan that will give the bird a Habitat Enhancement Program that will be held this next week.
This program will be laid out in detail this next Wednesday night in Sundown Texas at seven o’clock. Any land owner in the Bailey, Cochran and Yokum counties of Texas will need to here how this new program will effect the area. Not everyone will be for it, but it looks like it is something we will have to face in this area.
I hope this will be looked at hard and long because we the people of the area could become the next endangered species of this area. John Tucker
Posted in Birds, Farm Life, Historical Events, Photography, Wildlife
Tagged Bailey Countiy, cochran county, Endangered Farmers, Endangered Species, Habitat Enhancement Program, John Tucker, Photography, Prairie Chicken Meeting, Sundown Texas, Tracking Collars, Yokum County
This old Hawk was setting on a cross member of a power line. He wasn’t impressed when I stopped to take his picture.
He jumped straight up and spread his wings to fly off. His feet were still in the extended position.
He had a hard time clearing the lines before I could get his picture. Such a elegant bird. I really like to watch the Hawks in action.
It wasn’t long before he was above the wires and on his way. What wing control these birds have.
Well this is all the pictures I’ve had time for lately. It back to planting CRP grass again and it keeps us busy. We were snowed out today so maybe we will have that cold wet winter that makes most grass planting a big success. Thank the Lord for the snow and the moisture. John Tucker
I went to the Grain Elevator at Goodland this morning to see what that pile of Grain would look like with the snow on it. It was starting to melt of the top, but it only added to the contrast in color.
I went on past it and was looking from the West side. That is always hard to get a picture when the Sun is on the wrong side. I kept trying to lighten it up so it would show something and I discovered a kind of cloud above the pile. I don’t know if it was a temperature difference or just what it might be, but I included it to stir some interest on what others might think caused it.
Looking at it from the East side made the best picture, but no hovering cloud. As you can tell I am really impressed with this pile of Grain. Must be the Farmer in me.
Well that is my story for today and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you readers. John Tucker
We are always grateful for any kind of moisture that falls in this area, but a snowstorm is the best. It seems to enrich the land and the slow melt keeps the moisture from running off. Seeds that have layed dormant for years will be ready to germinate and bless us with their Wildflower blooms. It also sets us up for a good crop the following year.
This large pile of Grain Sorghum that just continues to grow, is evidence of the large grain crops in the area. With the way the Spring started and the many dust storms no one thought we would have any crops this year. The Farmers stayed diligent in their work and replanted the lost acres. There was Cotton on dry land acres that turned out well, Corn was shown to be a viable crop and the Sorghum made despite its late planting. Blackeyed Peas also made in the area and brought back memories of being a staple crop while growing up.
The many Sunsets that always seem to promise a better tomorrow if we could just hold on another day. I think I took over a hundred pictures of Sunsets and each one seem to have a special color or feature about it. It is good for us to be reminded by God that he can make a beautiful sky pictures, when we need a lift after a trying day.
I can go on and on about the blessing of this past year, but everyone has their own if they will just take the time to dwell on them. My many thanks to those who have taken the time to read my wondering thoughts and enjoy West Texas thru my pictures. John Tucker
Posted in Farm Life, Historical Events, Photography, Sunsets, Wildflowers
Tagged Corn, Cotton, Farmers, John Tucker, Photography, Snow, Sorghum, Sunsets, West Texas Blessings, Wildflowers
I got up this morning to go feed the animals at the office and notice the snow was deeper than I had thought. No to be deterred I went right on to my pickup.
The snow was about six to eight inches deep on my windshield, but I was able to clear enough of to see out. It didn’t want to move, but when I switched it to limited slip with the rear tires I was able to back out and get turned toward the mail box. It took a few runs at it , but finally got to going forward again.
Yes that’s the Mailbox laying on the ground. when I started forward it kept sliding to the south. I kept running at it till it slipped sideways up against the mailbox. I got out and layed it down to try and get past it. Insult to injury it was stuck right there and would not move. Looks like I’m going to have to be pulled out and everyone will know about my lack of judgement.
It still is a wonderful blessing to have a November snow and any moisture is considered a blessing at this time of year. We had ice yesterday and many wrecks on the Plains from it. Thank the Lord for the snow and a nice warm house to live in. It will warm up soon and I needed to move that Mailbox back anyway. John Tucker
We had our first hard blow yesterday and the Tumbleweeds were on the move. You can see from the picture they really built up on the fences by the elevator. The ditches held some that had jumped the fence, but couldn’t keep moving when they got below the wind.
On dry years they will come up when nothing else will germinate. Here they were trying to water their Milo crop and the Tumbleweeds just out grew it. They sprayed this field, but you can see several were to big to kill.
This field had them really bad. The combine cut some of the tops out of them, but it is only a matter of time till they turn loose with the next big wind and start their rolling across the Plains.
We had a few build up in the yard. I set them free this morning not wanting to be selfish and not share them with those down wind. Even the Dogs thought they were being invaded yesterday when the really got to rolling.
If anyone has an idea on what to do with Tumbleweeds that would make them useful be sure and let us known. We will have a good supply before this year is out. John Tucker
“Blue Boy” has taken the Tucker house by storm. He’s not interested in anything except getting petted. When you take him out for a walk his first thought is to get Jeanette so she can pet him. He just lays over on you and shuts his eyes.
He thinks if he can brace against you that he gets more coverage on the petting from” Old Folks” that don’t bend over so well any more. I try not to encourage this as he might knock me down when it gets icy and cold this winter.
He wants everyone to know he can set still when need be and smiles for the camera. “He wouldn’t bite a biscuit” is what I tell people when they see him charging up to be petted. Just wanted to warn folks about this dog that has taken up with the Tucker’s.
Got a request to write more about the dogs and thought I’d pass this on for my story today. John Tucker