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Wild Things

2 Jun

We have a lot of wild things living on the farm.  This time I’m not even talking about my dog or the goats.

goats in pasture

In my walks in pasture, I am treated to seeing a lot of wild things.  Sometimes it’s flowers.

Sometimes it’s critters.

I really enjoy seeing and hearing the birds.  Unfortunately, nobody wanted to pose for me today, most of the pictures are not very good.

Hard to tell from this angle, but it might be an Eastern Meadowlark

red-winged blackbird

Baltimore oriole

barn swallows

a hawk

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Kingbird

I was really happy to see that the bobolinks are back!

There were at least three males out there.

Hopefully, they’ll be able to raise babies this year (I think the nests were flooded last year).

As an aside, I could not think of the common yellowthroat (thanks, Ben).  I even tried looking it up on the Cornell website, and it didn’t help because apparently, you’re not supposed to see it in flight.  Anyhow, I ended up downloading their app, Merlin, to my phone.  Other than the one I was looking for, it was very quick and easy to find the birds I saw.

Now I can keep a life list of birds I’ve seen on my phone.  I might have to go back and check out all the different birds I’ve shared on my blog, so I can add them.  I’d hate to start over with my life list of birds I’ve seen on my farm (or flying over).  The list above was just a bit of what I saw the day I downloaded the app.  I didn’t have my camera when I saw the woody and kestrel, so I don’t get to share them with you today.