Rare as an udder on a bull

22 April, 2018            Rare as an udder on a bull

When I get a lucky shot like this one, I’ll take it

The above photo is not “rare as an udder on a bull” – I just like the image. I took that picture standing on my front porch Tuesday evening around 6:00 PM. Notice the full “crop” – the stomach – on that Red-tail. It may be full of baby crows, but I doubt it. Probably the remains of some squirrel the crows wanted. 

The picture below is “rare as an udder on a bull.” I can photograph a doe at Pony Pasture almost any time I want. Bucks, on the other hand, are “rare as an udder on a bull.” Not that rare, but I don’t think I see six in a year’s time combined. Yesterday morning I took pictures of a little herd lying down. When I zoomed in I saw the “buttons” where his antlers are starting out. I learned this means he is around six months old: 

“Button” buck at Pony Pasture Saturday. See those tiny little “buttons” where his antlers will be?

Hopefully I’ll get a few more images of him as he matures. Mammals weren’t the only animals allowing photographs at Pony Pasture this week. This is a Five-Lined Skink from Pony Pasture Thursday:  

Look at those little claws on its hind feet. Remarkable: 

I got this frog a few steps later, not quite as pleasing an image. I think it’s a bullfrog but can’t see enough of it to tell precisely. More knowledgeable people are encouraged to chime in and I’ll credit you here:

Frog nosing up through the pollen:

lot of flowers still at Pony Pasture – they’ll be here all summer though. No honeysuckle or multiflora rose yet. This one is a beauty: 


Speaking of gorgeous – look at this dogwood from our front yard the same day: 

Nothing I write can improve this:

Believe it or not – this cowbird was perched in that tree Friday afternoon when I came home: 

Brown-headed cowbird perched in that spectacular dogwood

About two hours before I took that picture I was hiking with a buddy at Deep Run Park. This Bluejay stopped long enough for an image: 

Bluejay at Deep Run Park Friday

As an aside – did (finally) get a Red-tail in one of their predictable spots. Perhaps this is the one being chased by the crow. This is near the Westbury Pharmacy Wednesday: 

Westbury Apothecary Redtail

My friend Sam and I were hiking at Brandermill Monday and Sam took this picture of what I think is a Great-black backed gull:

Great Black backed gull – photo by Sam


Mackey and Turner and I went out on the dock a few minutes later. Sam still had the camera and (unbeknownst to Mackey and Turner and me) snapped this picture: 

Windy day! Thanks for the candid shot Sam!

I took an imperfect picture of a bluebird at Pony Pasture Tuesday, but (In My Opinion) even an imperfect picture of a bluebird is better than no picture of a bluebird:

One bird that always make me smile

I have a triathlon in a couple of weeks and I did my last long training ride Saturday. My tradition on the last long ride is to stop out in Goochland to fuel up:

That is only fun

Fits easily in my bike bag so I can have it on oatmeal when I get home:

Yum! The original energy gel!

I’m up way too late – come back next week! All best,



About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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5 Responses to Rare as an udder on a bull

  1. Barbara says:

    The crows are keeping the hawk out of their territory…crows are infamous for pilfering bird nests for eggs or baby birds. Squirrels do the same, snakes too. I have a bone to pick with the Almighty for this bloody system of survival..As William Blake asked about the burning Tyger, “Did he who made the lamb make thee?” It thrills me not.

    • Hawks pilfer bird nests for eggs and baby birds too. Despite your “bone to pick with the Almighty,” wild animals don’t have the luxury of being vegans. As Joseph Campbell succinctly put it, “life lives on lives.”

  2. Jackie says:

    Awesome pictures, love the dock shot!❤️

    • Great bunch of pictures this week! And I like that dock shot too – Sam’s getting good with that camera! Watch out next week though – we spent 20 minutes taking photos and videos of a snake yesterday. I’ll give fair warning on the blog post.

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