A Bit of Rain

24 Apr

I can hardly wait for the next drought monitor to come out on Thursday because I think there’s a good chance we’ll no longer even be “abnormally dry.”  We have had several rains lately, but Thursday night through mid-day Friday saw four inches of rain.

I came home from work and decided I should just do a quick check of everything.  I counted kids first.  Everyone was present.

Brigit and Ostara

Lady

They really could have washed away, but I’m pretty sure they are smart enough not to go in the water.

I haven’t seen the ditch this full in a long time.

This kind of really hard rain is hard on all the conservation work we’ve done.  I still need to do a better job of stabilizing this end of the ditch.

It would help if the neighbors hadn’t removed all of their waterways because that lets the old cornstalks wash into my pasture and knock down my fence.

The silt from their tilled fields fill my tile intake and completely plug it. I couldn’t even find it to clear it and help the water get below ground.

Somewhere in there is a tile intake.

So there is a lot of work to do.  But, I am going to focus on the good and celebrate another new bird sighting at Eden Hills–I saw my first ever belted kingfisher!  He was snacking on something he caught in the wet bottom.

I also saw a big bunny when I came back into the barnyard.

So, yeah.  I’m glad for rain, but it’s going to take some work to recover.

2 Responses to “A Bit of Rain”

  1. Jeanne April 24, 2022 at 5:19 pm #

    Four inches in such a short time?? That’s almost unreal! I’m sorry the neighbors have removed their waterways. That makes quite a mess when their cornstalks wash down and take out your fence!

    I know you have not had such a full ditch since I’ve been following your blog! That’s quite the deal! I understand why you immediately counted noses! You certainly wouldn’t want one of those little ones to be washed away!

    You were really lucky to see the belted kingfisher! They’re so beautiful. We don’t have them in our area.

  2. janicead April 25, 2022 at 9:16 pm #

    I was noticing recently as we took a short country drive that it appeared the terraced fields were being plowed away. So sad to see past lessons learned needing to be taught again.

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