Even More Fowl Spring

March 8, 2010

The wild birds aren’t the only ones looking for a mate. Our peacocks are also strutting their stuff, trying to catch the lady peahens attention.

Peacock showing off.

Proud as a Peacock

What a lot of people don’t realize is that this pretty boy doesn’t just show off his plumage.  Nope, he also shakes and rattles his feathers, so they sound a lot like maracas.

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The junior peacock also tries to strut around and impress the ladies, but I’m afraid he just hasn’t got enough plumage yet to really “wow” them.

Peacock strutting.

"Darn! I guess size DOES matter."

He’s only a couple of years old, so his feathers don’t match the old dudes.  I’d guess his feathers are only about half as long as the older peacocks.

He’s a cheeky little devil for all that, but the girls still aren’t paying much attention to him.

That’s all right.  His time will come!

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 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.

Newly Hatched Peachick

July 8, 2008

We had another peachick hatch over the weekend. Here it is fresh out of the shell…

Hatched peachick

Newly hatched peachicks stumble around in the incubators looking a lot like T-Rexes or some other dinosaur with a long neck.

I do wish another would hatch SOON though. The incessant peeping is driving me right round the bend. Yeah, yeah, I know I didn’t have far to go, but this little guy has LUNG POWER!

Makes it hard to get to sleep at night when he’s in full chorus all night long!

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