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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.

And We’re Off

30 Jun

If all went as planned, Mom and I left for Indianapolis to spend the night with my nephew.  This is the first of my pre-scheduled posts.

Trace is not looking like she’ll give me a July baby.

I decided I would split the top two responses to my survey.  Including my FB responses, it was pretty evenly split between posting farm content (with vacation stuff added in if I got time) and nothing because I’m on vacation.

Tiger

Bambi

I have several posts prescheduled with farm content.  I’ll try to at least give you an update on where I’m at on those days I don’t have something scheduled.  But, I might not get it done.

Bull

Salem

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the farm posts, and I know I can’t get enough of talking about genealogy and history and cemeteries.  Hopefully, you won’t find any of those posts too bad.

Caroline

If I know myself, I’ll already be missing my critters and worried about them.  But I have left everyone in capable hands.

The Rainbow After the Rain

27 Jun

I was a bit irritated with Sidney again because she left her kids in pasture again (you’ll read more about that when I’m on vacation).

I had already had to haul her kids up the day before.

And the rain was coming.

I looked in pasture as long as I could, but I admit I ran for the barn with the rest of the herd.  Maybe I can use having my camera as an excuse.

Anyhow, it was a brief shower, and after the rain stopped I caught Sidney and put a collar and leash on her and drug her out to pasture telling her to find her kids.  She screamed at the top of her lungs and eventually, we found them.  They were dripping wet, but I brought them back to the barnyard.

Crystal and Frosty

Then she turned right around and took them out on top of the hill again.

I might have threatened her if she left her kids in pasture again.

Frosty

While I was standing there with her, I noticed a little rainbow.

Hopefully, that’s a sign that she’s done with all of this foolishness.