Here is a closer look.
One day Jack and I came upon a three-legged doe. We don't know how she lost her leg, and it made me very sad to watch her awkwardly navigate her way on one front leg. Though she looks rough, she is very beautiful. We see her from time to time.
Sadly I must tell you, he is no more. Owl is all I will say.
I finally got a photo of the ever-elusive and never-one-to-stay-in-one-spot-long kingfisher. He is not a handsome fellow up close.
Sometimes we don't go very far from the house to see beautiful and interesting things. The killdeer will make her nest and lay her eggs in the most perilous (for her young) of places. We have a nest just at the edge of our driveway. The picture below shows her sitting on it.
She hollows out a little area and lays her eggs, sitting on them for days until they hatch. Usually she shares this job with her mate but our current killdeer mama is going solo. More often than not raccoons or prowling cats come in the nighttime and devour her eggs.
The bird below is a Cedar Waxwing, one of my favorites. They love to flit around in the pine trees and they sound a bit like crickets chirping.