Tag Archives: bird

Meadowlarks

11 Oct

Every year since I bought my farm, I’ve watched the eastern meadowlark population increase.  I have made some changes to make it better for the grassland songbirds to be able to raise families and increase their populations because we’ve seen a drastic decline in recent years.  This spring, I never saw a single eastern meadowlark.  I finally saw one, but no families out in pasture.

eastern meadowlark from 2020

I did some research and found out that unlike my bobolinks which winter in Central America, the meadowlarks hunker down and overwinter in the grasses here.  We had a horrible, horrible, arctic February that I think decimated the population.  It breaks my heart.  But Sunday when I was in pasture, I saw meadowlarks.  The pictures are horrible, but I am thrilled with them.

At least one clutch hatched and managed to survive.  Hopefully, we have a better winter and the population can rebuild.

Getting Yelled At

14 Jun

Every time I go up north to work in the garden I get yelled at.

Kestrel

Kestrel (the tiniest falcon) and a red-winged blackbird

The kestrels apparently nested and are raising a family in the walnut trees.  I saw several of them flying around the afternoon I took these pictrures.

They sit on the wire and yell at me.

They swoop and yell at me.

I think she’s giving me the stink eye.

Seriously.

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.