November 10, 2018

Fall 2018 is Here


Fall 2018

Fall at The Fat Rancher’s place brings many changes to the hobby ranch.

Many of the songbirds and hummingbirds migrate and we await the return of the American Robin which usually grace our ranch during the winter.

Hummingbird on perch

A respite on a twig










The tarantulas start moving around looking for love.


Looking for love in all the wrong places!

“For a short time in the spring (and to some extent in the fall), usually after a rain, male Texas brown tarantulas (Aphonopelma hentzi complex) leave their burrows and hidey-holes in search of–what else?–romance. In some parts of the state dozens of spiders may be seen at once, especially at night along lonely west Texas highways.” (Mike Merchant TAMU)

The Deer get randy, and the predators get restless.

Young buck deer

Deer and turkey

Deer and turkey at the feeder








On the prowl…

“While other native wild cat species are struggling to survive in Texas, the bobcat’s secretive nature, highly developed physical capabilities, and ability to adapt to changing conditions have allowed it to thrive. It can be found throughout the state and is especially abundant in the South Texas brush country. However, its shy nature and the fact that it is most active at night keep it from being seen by most people. One way to tell if a bobcat is in the area is by the scratches on tree trunks where the cat sharpens its claws and the climbing scratches on frequently used lookout trees.”  (From Texas Parks and Wildlife)


Coyote ranging in pasture.

And the cows are feeding on the hay newly regrown by fall rains.

Last new hay

Beef: It’s what’s for dinner!

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