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Miscellany

15 Jul

I actually took the time to just go for a walk the other day because I was hoping to photograph some of the many butterflies I’ve been seeing.  Unfortunately, they didn’t cooperate.  I caught one monarch in flight, but that was it for the butterflies.

The dragonflies were not much better.  But they are huge this year!  I could even catch them mid-flight.

I did finally get one to sit still while I photographed it–from below.

The goats were out in pasture.

Love me some goat eye.

Cutie

This is usually my view in pasture.  Myson constantly walks directly in front of me.  Silly boy.

Myson

I’m still seeing lots of meadowlarks.

I was really excited to see that I accidentally walked by a juvenile bobolink, and it didn’t fly.

Mr. Bobolink, however, was really concerned, so he flew closer.

He’s losing his breeding color now, so I probably won’t recognize him anymore.  Until next year…

Back in the barnyard, Ringo waits for his mom to come back so he can eat.

Ringo

Snow White is also still shut in the north paddock since I’m milking her maa.  She’s still not happy, but she has finally settled down.

Snow White (those ears!)

I adore my Pluto!  I wish he were in the barnyard with everyone else, but I’m sure he’s happier staying with his brother.

Pluto

Finally, Aurora.  She shouldn’t eat and spit.

Aurora

It’s not a good look.

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Hay is Late

1 Jul

I’m always fine with my hay being made after the first of July because that gives the boblinks and meadowlarks time to raise their babies before we go out there cutting the grass.

female and male bobolink

Since they are both on the top of the tree keeping an eye on the babies, it won’t be long before they’ve fledged.

In the meantime, the goats will keep getting lost in pasture.

An adult goat–I think it’s Harley

It’s so tall out there the March kids get lost.  The herd gets separated.  It’s horrible getting around this time of year.

Can you see the kids?

The llady llamas don’t even want to go out there right now.  They stay in the barnyard and beg for llama feed and eat the short clover.

Odie

Some of the goats even prefer to stay in the barnyard.  Harley decided to stay up in the barnyard the other day.  After giving her sweet feed and hay, she did decide to join the rest of the herd when I went out to check on everyone.

I told you we’d find them, Harley.

My buffer strip usually gets made into hay well before the Back Forty, but not this year.

It’s been rainy, making it hard to do much of anything.

The butterflies are certainly happy with it.

It makes for a nice afternoon taking pictures too.  But that has all changed.

My nephew mowed the buffer strip and around the north shed on Sunday morning.

If the weather cooperates, it won’t be long before the Back Forty gets made into hay too.

Birdwalk

3 Jun

After removing Hera’s head from the fence the other day, I walked right past the male bobolink sitting at eye level again.  Seriously?  I swear the next time, I’m going to make that girl wait until I get my camera (not really). Anyhow, I got my camera and went back out.  I saw a lot of birds, including the bobolink!

blue jay

common yellowthroat

bobolink

eastern kingbird

bobolink

Baltimore oriole

red headed woodpecker

eastern meadowlark

red headed woodpecker

Now I just need to convince them to come down closer to me and sit still.