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!

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.

..

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!

Going Squirrely

July 28, 2009

Yes, this place is NUTS!

We have lots of nut trees around here.  There are hickory nut trees in the woods and bottom pasture.  There are several walnut trees in our backyard.  There are lots of oak trees producing oodles of acorns.

In other words, this place is a haven for squirrels.

They have regular highways, and love to use some of the pallet fences as a regular access road.

Squirrel on pallet fence.

Sometimes the squirrels run along one edge, sometimes they go for a dual track.  Talk about agile!

Squirrel walking edges of pallet fence.

They often take flying leaps and move so fast I have a hard time aiming the camera and catching them as they go.

Squirrel leaping along pallet fence top.

From the pallet fence surrounding the trumpet vine in the back yard, the squirrel goes zipping across the wooden gate that leads into the main pasture.   The squirrel ignores the pasture and heads for the side yard.

Squirrel on wooden gate.

You see, this particular Squirrel Highway leads to a specific destination.  From this gate the squirrel either runs a short distance on the grass or uses a picket fence path to get to the tree by the birdbath.  There are bathers there before him, however.

The pair of cardinals were having a great pool party until the squirrel came along.

Cardinals playing in birdbath while squirrel climbs down tree behind them.

Once he made the scene, they left.  That suited the squirrel just fine, who decided to get up there and get a drink.

Squirrel drinking out of birdbath.

After the squirrel quenched its’ thirst, it was time to check out what was stored in the pantry.  This means searching around for buried treasure. 

Squirrel looking for buried nut.

Evidently this squirrel thought the area around the birdbath a good place to bury nuts.  It finally found one, dug it up, and checked it out to be sure it was still good.

Squirrel taste-testing nut.

Once the squirrel decided this nut was indeed still worthy of keeping, it picked a new place and buried it again.

Once the nut was buried and the coast was clear, the squirrel took off for the treetops again.

At least until the next time it wants to travel the Squirrel Highway.