Our “Live-In” Predator Hunting

September 6, 2010

Well, actually this predator lives outside.  He’s the equivalent of a barn cat… except we don’t have any barn!  He has a couple of cushy “cool cat pads” to keep him out of the weather, and he’s also been known to hang out on the bales of hay kept under the quonset hut.

And he is a quite a hunter!  He seems to prefer rodents, which delights me.  Mice, moles, and then, there’s also (and if you’re squeamish about seeing dead things, now’s the time to quit reading/looking!):

cat with rabbit in mouth

The Mighty Hunter

I know, I know, looks kind of pitiful.  I said as much to the Cave Geek.  “Ahhh,” says I, “Spot killed a baby rabbit.  And it was so cute!”

“So is Spot,” says the Cave Geek. “and we’ve got LOTS of rabbits and only one Spot.  Let him enjoy his rabbit.”

Well, since he put it that way. . .

And then The Farmer dared me to put the picture on the blog here.  He figures this is real life, a true picture of life on the farm as it atually happens.  Some people can’t deal with that, and I will no doubt hear about it via comments or email.

Facts are, although I love animals, and I’m a nature lover too, this is just how it is in nature.  Predators have to eat, too.

If you don’t believe me, just watch a few shows on Animal Planet!

Chickens In The Bird Bath

July 28, 2010

Our birdbath seems to be the community spa.  Or perhaps it’s the equivalent of the local tavern.  At the very least, it’s the local watering hole. 

When I put it out in the yard, the idea was to give the wild birds a place to easily get a drink, especially in the winter.  And they do use it, but they sometimes have to wait their turn.  There might be a squirrel there, or the cat might be taking a sip.

cat in yard

"Ahhhh, the bouquet of bird-flavored wine... uh, water..."

Then of course, the wild birds larger and domesticated cousins frequent the bird bath too.

rooster and hen

Just another couple out for a drink at the local tavern.

Sometimes it’s couples day, and other times, it’s just a hen party.

chickens on birdbath

Just a couple of hens out for a drink.

I guess I disturbed their party, because the white hen left in a huff and a hurry.

chicken hens

"It's getting too crowded. I'm leaving!"

The other hen seemed unconcerned with my presence, but she didn’t want to be left alone either.

2 chicken hens

"Hey, where are you going???"

She finally decided she didn’t want to be left behind.

chicken jumping off bird bath

"Wait for me! I'm coming!"

Maybe now the wild birds can enjoy the birdbath in peace for a little while.

Even More Weather Changes

March 2, 2010

So we went from a sunny day on Sunday, gloomy on Monday (all sounds kind of appropriate, doesn’t it?)… and today… it’s snowing.

For a while it was coming down pretty hard.

Snow!

A little snow, or a lot, it doesn’t seem to bother the cardinals.

Cardinal in snow storm.

Snowy days always seem like a good excuse to go walking in the woods and alongside the creek.

Snow on banks along creek.

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Creek with snowy banks.

Some of the snow was getting slushy and falling off the trees into the creek with little “splats!”

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There’s not really a lot of snow on the ground, but Toby had fun running around in the woods.

Toby having fun in the woods.

There was a little snow along the slews.

Slue and snowy ground.

Spot decided to come out and see what we were doing when we got down around the pond.

Spot walking through snow.

The bottom pasture was also snowy of course.

Snowy field.

By then it was getting so slushy, and so much water kept dropping on my camera lens, I just gave it up and went inside.

Toby and I were tired out anyway.  (Okay, maybe it was just me.)

Favorites For 2009

December 31, 2009

Here we are, with 2009 about to be a thing of the past.  I thought I’d do a summary of the year here at Rural Ramblings with a picture from my favorite post for each month.

I know I have a weird sense of humor, but the “Brain Freeze” post in January appealed to me.  It showed my flower pot people – the girl with a head full of ice and the dreaded BRAIN FREEZE, and boy keeled over, because, after all, you must have enough brain mass to prevent total freeze out…

And while in February my post about “Rowdy Roosters” continues to see a lot of visitors, MY personal favorite is “The Cutest Little Cowgirl.”

Sweet little Cowgirl Ellie.

I know I’m biased, but I think Ellie is indeed the cutest cowgirl I’ve ever seen!

I had a hard time deciding on my favorite post in March.  I like the one I wrote after there was flooding, and I went for a walk in the woods when the waters went down.  There were all sorts of strange things, like a basketball, and yes, “There’s Something Fishy About The Woods” was appropriate, since I found a fish stranded in a very small puddle in the middle of the woods.

Still, I rather like the picture of our crazy cat, who instead of thinking he was a dog this day, decided he was a bird.

You got a problem with that?

Just this once, Spot was “In The Catbird Seat.”

April is tornado season, and we had hail and high winds that brought down a big tree limb.  It landed partially on the den roof, and bent the gutter.

But for catching the action in progress, the “Really Rowdy Roosters” post about a couple of the roosters fighting for dominance won out.

Roosters fighting by feed room.

l made several posts in May, but the minute I saw “The Odd Couple“, I knew it to be my favorite for the month.  It’s got a video of our silly little goat, Cinnamon, flirting with Samson.

Llama Samson with Cinnamon the goat.

Personally, I think the video is hysterical, but then, I DID mention I have a weird sense of humor.

June was a big month for chicks. Chicks here, there and everywhere!

Buff Orpington hen with 6 chicks.

Lots of the hens were hatching out chicks, plus I had a few chicken eggs in the incubator that hatched out.

Things were “Going Squirrely” in July. Lots of pictures in this post of – what else? – squirrels.

Squirrel on pallet fence.

But I especially liked the video of the squirrel digging furiously in the yard to bury a nut.

I’m afraid my warped sense of humor continues to dominate for August, because I thought the parrot eating The Farmer’s tomatoes was funny.  She may look innocent. . .

African Grey Parrot

. . . or maybe not.  One thing for certain, she sure manages to get into a lot of trouble!

I’ve been watching the turtles in our pond during the warm weather, and caught a big snapping turtle out and about in September.  This “Turtle Triathlon” had pictures of the turtle on land and in the water and on a log.

Turtle floating in pond (RuralRamblings.com)

Fortunately, this snapper was not aggressive.

In October, I think “Lumberjack on the Farm” has the funniest video as I happened to catch The Farmer falling on his… butt.  But!  The funniest pictures are of our crazy parrot again, this time found hidden under the kitchen sink.

African Grey Parrot under sink with chewed box tops.

Then there was my tongue-in-cheek post in November about “Dead Animals Need Love” from a time when we came back from the store to see all the animals stretched out in the pastures looking like they were dead.

Llamas stretched out soaking up sunshine.

Thankfully, they were only soaking up sunshine and came “back to life” the minute I walked close and they thought I might give them a pet or a treat.

I didn’t even have to look through December to choose a favorite post.  For me, it’s the “Twelve Days Of Christmas, Country Style“, hands down.  What WAS hard was choosing which picture to put here.  I like them all!

10 Roosters Leaping!

It was a LOT of work, but I had a lot of fun doing it!

I’ve had a lot of fun looking at other peoples blogs too, of course!  I love to see any pictures Robin at Seasons Eatings Farm posts, both on her blog and Facebook.  She has some beautiful photos.  I especially enjoy the ones of pines and snow!

So anyway, here at the end of the year, I want to thank each and everyone of you that has dropped by to read Rural Ramblings.  And I also want to thank all of you out there with your own interesting blogs I enjoy reading.  I can’t name them all, but if I read your blog, I’ll have left at least one comment at some time or another!

I hope 2009 has been a good year for you, and that 2010 will be even better.  And don’t forget us  here at Rural Ramblings!  The welcome mat is always out for visitors to the Rural Ramblings blog.  I love to read comments from visitors.

Happy last day of 2009!

It’s Christmas Day!

December 25, 2009

Everyone at the farm here wishes you a Merry Christmas!  All the people, all the pets, all the farm animals, and most especially, the cat . . .

Merry Christmas from the cat, Spot.

Merry Christmas Critters

Llama Samson says "Merry Christmas Dudes!"

Merry Christmas Peacock!

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.