Category Archives: Saturday’s Critters

Waterfowl at Oxley Nature Center

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On my recent hike at Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa. I came upon lots of deer but they were skittish and took off and I couldn’t get a clear shot through the underbrush. I also saw a possum but had the same problem. I did come across these birds on a lake paddling around. I didn’t have a very long lens because I was trying for more foliage views than long range photography. I am not sure what kind of birds these are.

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Cats in the House

Here is Lizzie doing what she does best, napping. She was impatient with us as we put a Christmas quilt on the bed. We were delaying her nap. You can tell she is kind of grumpy about it.

I vacuumed the house yesterday. When I found cat toys underneath furniture I’d vacuum off the dust bunny’s and put them in this tray. She always like to see her toys again. But then she loses them. She’s napping here using a coaster for a pillow. Our vet told us she needed to go on a diet. Only two scoops of kibble per day. She thinks I need to use a bigger scoop.

Here’s LJ chilling. He’s happy, the vet said he could have all the food he wants. He’s kind of old and has kidney problems and he’s loving his new food. He has a lot more energy now.

Here’s LJ with a Hipstamatic Filter. I filters of all types. I unashamedly and unembarrassingly use a lot of them.

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Caturday in Tulsa

Meet Lizzie, our chunky cat

And LJ, Lizzies elderly brother. We are temporarily without dogs but we are getting one mid December. Son Logan said that we need to “restore the natural order of things.” He thinks the cats are getting way to comfortable without a dog to keep them in line.

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Woolaroc’s Bison

Not much in the way of wildlife lately so I am posting some photos from years ago from a trip to Woolaroc about an hour north of Tulsa. Woolaroc is Frank Phillips’ ranch near Bartlesvville. Phillips is the guy that started Phillips 66 Oil Company and he donated his ranch and art museum years ago to a private foundation that now runs it and is open to the public.

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There is a nature preserve there that visitors can drive through. Bison, various breeds of deer and other animals can be seen.

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Woolaroc comes from “Woods, Lakes, and Rocks” and that pretty much describes the property.

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I’ve always enjoyed visiting Woolaroc. They have a great art museum and several trails to explore, a petting zoo and lots more.

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Weekly Critter Summary

I took a short hike on Turkey Mountain recently and surprised a couple of deer. They just moved off a short distance, keeping an eye on me. This one particular didn’t seem any in hurry to leave.

On the same hike, I came across an armadillo snuffling around the woods raising dust. It didn’t see me but when it did it ran off a few feet. I’ve seen more armadillos out in the woods this summer than I have seen in a long time.

Lots of livestock at the State Fair this year. I always enjoy looking at them.

Closer to home I came across this cottontail living in our front flower bed. It just sat there looking at me and then hopped back into its cover.

And in the home, LJ the cat catching some warm sun.

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Butterflies at the Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Saturday, we all three loaded up in the car and ventured to the Tulsa Botanic Garden to check out the butterflies.

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It is butterfly mania up there. I wondered where all the monarch butterflies were in Tulsa. They are at the Botanic Garden.

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Butterflies make me happy!

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They looked pretty happy as well.

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There were several humming birds as well. I didn’t bring the right lens to capture them so I have these two highly cropped photos.

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Saturday’s Critters – Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Maybe?

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Saturday afternoon my wife and I were sitting on our back patio when we noticed this bird in one of our trees. It was quite a ways away and I was only able to get this photo of the back of his head. INaturalist gives a tentative ID as a Red-bellied Woodpecker. I had never heard of such a thing. Any help would be much appreciated.

Saturday was Monarchs on the Mountain on Turkey Mountain. A festival honoring butterflies and nature in general. I didn’t see any Monarchs but this giant caterpillar made an appearance. I was working a booth for the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition so I talked to a few people and I also planted a few new plants in our Monarch Waystation on the Mountain.

I’ve been watering the way station once or twice a week for months and have seen maybe two or three monarchs but a bunch of swallowtails. Those little buggers are shifty and hard to photograph. Lately the fritillaries have been all over the place. They like to hang out on a nearby tree.

Our veterinarian has an office cat. It is used to all the hub bub in the office. It just snoozes away and ignores everybody.

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This is from our backyard trailcam earlier this month. A cardinal eating from a feeder.

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Hiking at Oxley Nature Center

Friday morning I talked son Logan into going on a hike with me to Tulsa’s Oxley Nature Center.

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In the parking lot we spotted a swallowtail butterfly. Swallowtails move around a lot so I just kept taking photos hoping one would be okay.

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Later on in our hike we found a doe and her fawn in the woods. They were kind of skittish and the woods were thick so it was hard to get a good photo.

And later came upon this armadillo rooting around for something to eat. It pretty ignored us. I don’t think they see or hear very well. Years ago when I lived in south Texas they got hit a lot on the roads.

And as we were leaving we saw this doe and her two offspring. I think one might be a yearling and the other a pretty new fawn. They ignored as well.

Logan at Oxley Nature Center

Here’s my hiking companion, son Logan who has started a couple classes in the local community college’s Paralegal Program.

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Saturday’s Critters – Hummingbirds Finally

We have tried for two years to attract hummingbirds to our backyard. We get occasional visits but no repeats. After several months this summer, my wife finally took the feeder down, cleaned it out, and left it sitting on a table on our patio. Then I was looking out the window and saw a hummingbird to trying to use the feeder. It was persistent so we prepared some more nectar and hung it up.

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And now they are coming back. In two days my trailcam picked up twenty-nine photos and videos of the tiny little birds. Don’t worry I’m not posting all twenty -today.

Just one photo and one video. But hey I’m happy!

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