Changing Weather

March 1, 2010

Yesterday was nice and sunny. The critters enjoyed the bright sunshine and warmth. The llamas, goat, and dogs stretched out on piles of hay while the chickens scratched around in other piles looking for seeds.

Maremma sheepdog and goat enjoying sunshine.

Ahhhh, this is the good life.

The llamas are getting absolutely decadent about having breakfast (or whatever meal) in bed.

Male llama, reddish brown color.

Oh yeah, this is the life all right!

Cinnamon, our little doe goat, stretched out in her pile of hay to enjoy a nap after she was full.

Goat enjoying sunshine.

"Yeah, these post-prandial naps are just the thing!"

Keira evidently agreed with Cinnamon, because she decided to stretch out in the hay and enjoy the sunshine, too.

Female llama stretched out and enjoying the sunshine.

"Hay in your tummy and under your tummy... life is good!"

The wild birds, on the other hand, were a little more active and flying back and forth to the feeders.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) and Tufted Titmouse (Parus bicolor)

Seed seekers in the sunshine.

Meanwhile, a Red-bellied Woodpecker peeked through some tree limbs to see if the way was clear to the suet feeder.

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) head.

"Can I get to the suet feeder without being seen?"

 But today is a different story, weather-wise.  It’s gray and gloomy again.  And if the weather predictions are correct, another winter storm is moving in.

I took advantage of the warmer weather this morning to refill all the heated water buckets, and pools of water.  If I’m lucky, it will get warm enough to use the hoses again before everything needs topped off once more.

Well golly, here it is March 1st, and I’m still looking for spring!

Snowy In The South

February 8, 2010

So now instead of rain, we have snow.

It was coming down pretty heavy for a little while. Big fat flakes blowing in the the wind.

The cardinals don’t seem to mind. I can’t resist taking pictures of them because their bright red color looks so pretty against the falling snow.

Northern Cardinal bird (Cardinalis cardinalis)

As usual, Miss Nosy had to get her face up in the camera and see what it was.

Llama with snow on face.

Llama up close and snowy.

She was looking for a treat.  I’m afraid she and her buddy, Samson, are rather spoiled, are hoping I’ll give them a handful of sunflower seeds.

Llama and Shetland sheep ewes.

As you can see by looking in the background, the sheep and dogs don’t mind a little snow either.

Samson was out looking for a treat too, but he doesn’t get too close to Keira.

Male llama in snow storm

She’s kind of cranky and doesn’t want to share treats, so I have stretch one arm waaaaaaaaay out towards Samson with a handful of sunflower seeds, so he can get some while she eats out of my other hand.  If she finishes first, she threatens to spit at him. 

Keira threatening to spit at Samson.

"I spit in thy general direction!"

Being a smart boy… he moves.

Samson in a snow storm.

"What did I do to deserve such treatment?"

I hadn’t planned on going for a walk today since I was sick all week-end and still feeling kind of puny.  But the snow was rather enticing, and Toby walked to the gate no less than 3 times, and looked back at me with those puppy dog “plllllleeeeaaassseeee” eyes.  So we went.

The creek is always a big attraction.

Creek and tree in a snow storm.

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Creek

There is leftover rain water mixed with snow.

Snow, water and tree roots.

On the way back to the house, the peacock showed me his snowy feathers.

Peacock feathers with snow on them.

Snowy peacock feathers.

Some of the chickens and roosters were congregating under the window sill in hopes of getting a few sunflower seeds any wild birds might knock down.

Chickens in snow.

Looking for a hand-out (fall-down?)

Of course, I think the wild birds aren’t really looking to share.

Wild birds eating sunflower seeds.

"Yum, seeds just for us!"

Just as we were ready to go on the back porch, there was a Buff Orpinton hen in the rose bed.

Buff Orpington chicken

There is usually a bunch of the old lady Buff Orpingtons there.  I think they like to snuggle up against the house on winter days for a little extra warmth.

Our little snowstorm didn’t amount to much, but it was pretty while it lasted!

It’s snowing!

January 29, 2010

It started snowing here a while ago, and it’s coming down pretty FAST for our part of the world!

This poor cardinal is braving the snow to wait his turn at the feeders.

Cardinal bird in snow storm.

And there’s snow on the ground around the pond…

But the snow doesn’t keep the sheep from getting out!

And the chickens are standing around under the bird feeders hoping for a treat…

Chickens, hens and rooster, in the snow.

Even Toby likes to play out in the snow!

Toby the farm collie out in the snow.

That’s it for now!  If it keeps snowing like this, I might have to go out in the woods later and get some pictures!

Enjoy your weekend!

Another Rainy Day On The Farm . . .

January 20, 2010

Seems like we’ve been having a lot of rain lately. . .

Tufted Titmouse bird (Parus bicolor) in the rain.

Tufted Titmouse in the rain, waiting a turn at the feeders.

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Cardinal on a branch.

Cardinal on a branch.

. . .

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) eating sunflower seeds.

House (or English) Sparrow eating sunflower seeds in the rain.

. . .

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), also called English Sparrow, on fence post.

House Sparrow sitting on fence post waiting for a turn at the feeder.

. . .

Female cardinal at bird feeder.

Female cardinal at bird feeder.

. . .

Guinea fowl sitting on a gate in the rain.

Guineas sitting on a gate in the rain.

. . .

White rooster and guinea fowl in the rain.

Rooster shaking rain off.

. . .  I think it’s time for some sunshine!

Male Cardinal On Cherry Laurel

December 7, 2009

We had some snow over the weekend.  Considering that doesn’t happen much these days, I went out and spent some time taking pictures.  Toby thought that was great, because it mean he got to go along and run around like a crazy dog.  Of course, my other “dog”, Spot (the cat), comes along too. 

It’s really kind of amusing.  My cat-dog stops at every tree to rub against it – you know how cats like to arch their back and rub against things?!

My other dog, Toby, likes to stop at every twig and tree, too.  But his modus operandi is to hike his leg and pee on it.  Sigh… gotta love ’em.

Anyway, I’ll sort through the pictures and put some up tomorrow.  I do have one I’ll put here though:

Male Cardinal Bird on Cherry Laurel tree.

This pretty male cardinal is perched on one of the cherry laurel trees along the edge of the front yard.

Now I must rush off!  I’ve got to get to town and see the eye doctor. I just called this morning to get the appointment.

EMERGENCY! MY GLASSES BROKE!

Yeah, I have an old pair, but one of the ear pieces is broken off and just a sharp piece of metal jutting out.  I taped that, so not too bad.

But the other problem is the lens on one side is cracked down through the middle. 

I really don’t need any help to have a cracked pot view of the world!