Another Bird in the Pool

September 21, 2010

Well, I figured I’d better dump the buckets and pools this morning and fill them with some fresh, cold well water. It’s supposed to get up to 97 degrees (F.) today, boo, hiss! Where is FALL and the cooler weather???

And there again was a little bird in one of the pools.

photo of bird in pool

At least it sense enough to stand in the shallow end.  I try to put the wading pools on a slope so there is a deep end for the animals to drink from, but it is also easier for me to pick up the “shallow” end to dump the pool.

I guess the shallow end is now also the rescue center for birds to stand there until the lifeguard (me) comes and takes them out of the water.

photo of bird in pool

"I'm getting tired of sitting here."

As soon as I got this one out, it fluttered over to the nearby trumpet vine and found refuge.

photo of trumpet vine growing up wire

Trumpet Vine 'Madame Galen'

The little birds like to flit around inside that mass of vines.  I suppose because there are lots of good perches that are sheltered from the sun and the view of predators like hawks.

photo of inside of trumpet vine

A great hidey-hole for little birds.

Of course, they can also perch out in the sunshine on the guide wires when they want to.

photo of birds on wires

Soakin' up the sunshine.

Oh, and just so you know… I also refilled the birdbath with nice cold water… yeah, the one that is just a few feet away from the wading pool that silly little bird was sitting in.

Go figure.

Friday’s Farm Fotos

September 17, 2010

I can NOT believe September is half over already.  Time flies?  No, I think it’s traveling at warp speed, at least warp 10 or something!

Anyway, here we are at another Friday, and here we have some pictures from around the farm this week.

The hummingbirds are still hanging around.  Here’s one high up in a tree. . .

photo of hummingbird in tree

Keeping an eye on things.

This little hummer seems to be watching his bigger wild bird cousins having a wild party in the local watering hole. . .

photo of birds in bath

Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath!

But the little hummingbird isn’t the only fowl creature  keeping watch. . .

photo of chicken bird

I need to keep an eye on things.

She’s not so interested in what the wild birds are doing, but checking out what her guy is doing at the local bird pub. . .

photo of rooster & bird

"Do you come here often?"

But she needn’t worry he’s going to make friends with some wild chick.  Instead he just gets his drink, then leaves.

photo of rooster flying

"Must fly!"

While the birds are refreshing themselves, the farm collie is just taking it easy and napping in the shade.

photo of farm collie

Forget the bird fiesta, it's time for a dog siesta!

Of course, all I have to do is whisper “mailbox” and he’s up and ready to run out the driveway.  Unfortunately, that often means the neighbor’s dog, Gracie, has to rush over and get all hysterical.

photo of dogs

Gracie having hissy fits.

Generally speaking, Toby ignores her.  He acts like she doesn’t even exist, except when she starts bugging him, he always does this one thing. . .

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I’m sure he’s just marking his territory and not telling her to… uh, yeah.

And for another week whizzed by, that’s the way it is on the farm.

Birds in Buckets

September 13, 2010

I don’t know why the birds can’t use the birdbath.  It’s safe.

But it seems instead, a lot have to try to use a bucket or one of the kiddie pools we have for the big animals to drink from.  For the adults, it usually works out okay, but for the young ones, well, not so much.  Every so often I find a drowned bird in one of the water buckets or pools.

This morning I actually found a little bird that was still alive in one of the pools.  I scooped it out and sat it in the sunshine on top of the wellhouse, so it could dry out.

bird on wellhouse roof

Time to dry out!

It sat there a little while, then flew down into the grass.

baby bird

Spreading wings!

That’s probably better since the wind isn’t blowing so much on the bird.  Maybe with the wings spread out like that it will dry quicker.

I guess I prefer to find a live bird in the buckets and pools instead of a dead one, but if I had my druthers, there would be NO birds there.

Hummingbird vs. Praying Mantis, Take 2

September 3, 2010

This praying mantis is one persistent bug.  It just keeps hanging around.

praying mantis bug

"I'm hanging in there!"

Yesterday it got back on top of the feeder and creeping closer to the hummingbirds whenever it could.

Ruby throated hummingbird and praying mantis

Closer.... closer....

The hummingbirds are certainly aware of the praying mantis, and buzz bomb it from time to time.  It no longer sits passive, but tries to fight back. . .

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I don’t think this praying mantis is big enough to actually hold onto a hummingbird if it caught it. But I may have to think about relocating it if this continues.

. . . and if that isn’t enough predators on the farm, there was a hawk hiding behind a post a few feet away from the feeder.

hawk half hidden behind fence post

"You might not see me, but I'm waiting for a meal!"

Gee whiz, you’d think we were in the jungle with all this predator drama!

Conundrums on the Farm

August 25, 2010

Conundrum – defined as

  •  a : a question or problem having only a conjectural answer
  • b : an intricate and difficult problem

Besides the obvious conundrum we’ve had of wondering why the cria was born too early, there are other puzzles on the farm.

For instance, what happened to this rooster’s tail feathers?

red-gold rooster

Where's the tail feathers???

Or how about this?  Why does this guinea hen have a chicken chick?

guinea fowl with chicken chick

Mama guinea with her chicken chick

Or we might pause to wonder why there was a foil star balloon blowing across the main pasture . . .

balloon hovering over grass

Why do we have a balloon in the pasture?

And perhaps we could wonder where it came from in the first place.

Then there’s the question of why something so pretty as a butterfly should enjoy something so disgusting as manure tea. . .

2 yellow and black butterflies

Taking a break at the Manure Tea Cafe

We could also wonder what all these peafowl and guineas are looking at.

peacocks and peahens in aviary

Do you see THAT???

Except that’s not really a conundrum, because I know what they were looking at and squawking about. . .

hawk in sky

Soaring and Seeking

There’s a hawk that’s been hanging around the last couple of days, and I fear it might enjoy a chick or keet for a meal.  If it’d eat the mice, I’d be happy, but I don’t think it will be particular about eating other birds.

Maybe it’s a conundrum after all.  How do you enjoy having beautiful predators like hawks around without having to worry they’re going to snack on your baby birds?

An intricate and difficult problem indeed!