The Caliche Times Vol   1, No 3   10/15/98


Tracks of Humans found near Elm Creek Ranch

For those of you just now getting your first treasured copy of The Caliche Times it is a continued email about things out here on the Davis Farm and Ranch along Elm Creek. We are isolated out here with the blowing caliche dust and a few animals of our own species and some other animals that are wild also. Both kinds of animals are kinda interesting to observe. You can always tell which ones belong to our species because their tracks the next morning look like beer cans along the dirt ditches beside our road.

Double Take on an Albino

Today as I drove over to a little town near here(Carbon, TX), I observed a flock of about a dozen wild turkeys fly up next to me along the little country hwy. I did a double take and almost missed the curve in the road as I noticed one of the turkeys was an albino. I thought no that can't be, but as I observed its flight I realized that no domestic white turkey ever flew like that or looked that wild as it rose up over the woods and disappeared with the others.

Cats and Hogs

Neighbor ten miles to the north of here reports since my last email that the wild hogs are large and tore a very large hole in his field fence. Carl Lewis, that bales hay for me, said a few days ago he saw a light colored cat near his barn and could see it well enough to confirm it was a Mountain Lion. He went for his gun and when he returned it was too far away for him to kill. Carl's brother Clarence said he had recently seen a dark colored cat which he referred to as a Panther. I have always heard reports of these cats migrating through here this time of year but keep hoping to see one for myself. We see a few bobcats since we have the ecological environment here to raise a lot of them. We let them do what they do and so far they have left the baby calves alone as far as we know. Bobcats are crazy about quail and other birds of which we have enough for them to eat.

The other types of animals that have moved in here and now live on Elm Creek that were not here while I was growing up here are:

The Nutria Moved On

White Tailed deer, Green-Backed Heron, turkey, coyote, bank burrowing beaver, porcupine, nutria were here for a while and then moved on thank God for that one, Rattlesnakes are more common now, Barn Swallows are one of our attractive birds but drive us nuts dabbing their mud everywhere and it takes one of the most cruel methods know to man or beast to get rid of them. Don't Ask.   Starlings, Purple Martins, and many others which I might list later.

Two of Us Were Surprised

One animal that always surprises me is the "tropical looking" Green snake. Now what it's doing out here in the Central Texas Desert I just can't figure out.  I had my first real close encounter with a Green snake last week as I climbed over a metal gate that had just about rusted all the way through. As I straddled the gate to climb over one of the pipes gave way and left me in a rather painful and embarrassing position but fortunately no one was around to hear what I had to say about it. As I got myself off the gate I noticed the Green snake was also on one of the pipes along the gate. I'm glad they don't bite, one injury was enough for that day.

Armadillos dig at night, Sinbad digs by day

If you read this far you lost some time today. But sometimes real events are better than fiction.  I am still working on Sinbad the Cowdog's attitude about armadillos but so far I have to outwit them myself. Sinbad can sleep with them digging holes all around him in the yard.   During the day Sinbad digs holes to see what the armadillos found.

Y'all come to see us...

Jerry Davis

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