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Other Living Things On the Farm

1 Jul

I have been so busy with goats and trip and trying to reclaim my yard and such that I haven’t had much time to just enjoy everything out here.  One day, I decided to go take a walk and see what I could find.

red-winged blackbird

One of the biggest surprises was a butterfly I’d never seen before.  It certainly is pretty.  It’s a hackberry butterfly (thanks to Jenny for the id).

butterfly

The stilly dragonflies would not sit still for me, so I decided to try to photograph one flying.  It almost turned out not half bad. LOL

dragonfly

I did get a damselfy though.

There’s not a lot of birdsfoot trefoil out in pasture, and, even though the goats like it, it’s probably good there isn’t a lot because it can make their milk taste bitter.

I was thrilled to see a bobolink.  I saw one even closer later (when I was tracking kids), but I didn’t have my camera then.

I even decided to walk around the buffer strip before my nephew mowed it for hay. There weren’t a lot of butterflies in there, but I did find a few.  Maybe there will be more before the next cutting.

Alfalfa blossoms

Common Buckeye

wild aster

butterfly on the alfalfa

And as I came back to the barnyard, I decided I had to photograph the sparrow.

At this point, I’m a fan of anything that eats bugs.

Monday Leftovers

16 May

I’ve been playing with the camera, and I have a lot of pictures I haven’t shared because it’s also been really busy.  So today is all leftovers!

Alice

swallowtail

My crab apple is blooming.

turkey vulture

bluebird

The bobolinks are back!

bluebird

lady red-winged blackbird

Baltimore Oriole

sparrow

This bobolink must be new because he’s awfully shy.

eastern meadowlark

Baltimore Oriole

bluebird

sparrow

Haley

Tiger turned 1-year-old on May 5th.

Bambi

A beautiful sunset from last week.

Have a great new week.

Starting to Look Like Fall

5 Oct

We’re starting to see a hint of fall in the trees.

It’s enough to have me hoping for real fall and allergies ending.

Maybeline

Of course, it’s still going to be a while, but I can hope.

Margarita

About the only thing left in the buffer strip is a bit of alfalfa and wild asters.  The monarchs seem to have moved on, and all I saw out there were a couple of sulfur butterflies.

We’ve had just a bit of rain, so the pasture is looking a bit more green again.

Odie

That’s good.  Soon, the days will be short enough that I have to shut the goats off the back half of the pasture to keep them safe from coyotes.

heading back through the gate

You know, I’m almost looking forward to winter.