A More Favorable Look at the Geese

Geese sometimes get a bad rap.  They have a reputation for being mean.  They can be, but usually it’s during the mating season and they are protecting their turf, their nests, and their eggs.  Most of the time, they are pretty easy to get along with.

They really do enjoy the pools of water that I give them.

As soon as one gets out,

there’s another waiting to get in.

I personally think they are beautiful birds sitting so serenly in their wading pool.

Of course, some geese get a bit more carried away.

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You’ll get wet if you stand too close.  When I see them flailing around in that tiny pool, it really makes me wish I had something better for them to swim and play in.

In the back forty, there is a tiny little drainage ditch that carries water onto my property.

After a short distance, it widens out into a fairly deep channel.

It makes a small pool before it goes underground into the tile.

I can only imagine how much they would like to play here, especially if we made that little pool into a little pond.  Maybe someday.

Linking to Farm Photo Friday, Camera CrittersWeekend Reflections, and Leap Into Spring Photo Challenge where this weeks theme is water/rain.

Moderate to Severe Drought

The weatherman last night said we currently have moderate to severe drought conditions.  It really started last summer.  After the storm at the beginning of July, our precipitation has been very minimal.  I went back to the pasture today, and I can really tell how dry it is.

For the time of year all of our snow is supposed to be melting, the drainage ditch doesn’t have much water in it.  In fact one intake for the tile was bone dry.

There is water running, but not very much.

There is already algae in the water.  We don’t usually see algae until May.  A water bug!  We should not have insects out and about in March.

The whole pasture should be turning green with the warm temperatures we’ve had.  The hayfield, however, is completely brown and dormant yet.  We still need to do a couple more controlled burns.

It looks like the goats found and enjoyed this cedar tree last summer.  I don’t think it’s going to do too well this year whether it gets rain or not.

The areas we seeded last fall are starting to come up.  Hopefully, they will do well and fill in with grass this year  That will help prevent erosion.

MJ was enjoying our warm sunny dry day.  He hopes we get some rain to make the pastures turn green.

Maxine wouldn’t mind clean dry ground to give birth on.  Her last calf was born during a thundershower.  I think she’s starting to make an udder.

She also will want us to be able to make enough hay to feed her through next winter.  Hopefully the dry weather will break soon.

Linking to SOOC Sunday.

Linking to Your Sunday Best.

A Day Late

I did go for a walk in the pasture yesterday and take pictures for the First of the Month, hosted by Murrieta 365.  I just didn’t get them posted, so here they are today.

We had beautiful blue skies with lots of sunshine!  I must say the big cottonwood tree itself doesn’t look much different than it did a month ago.

I can still see the great  horned owl’s nest, but there is a big difference there.  I still haven’t seen the mother owl, but her two babies really make for a full nest!  They’ve already changed so much in the last week, it’s unbelievable.  Instead of big fuzzballs, they are starting to get their adult colors and markings.

I must say, trying to take a picture of something sitting in the top of a tree in wild winds is not the easiest.  Hopefully, we’ll get a calmer day to go with our blue skies.  Then it would be perfect!

My little pool of water in the drainage ditch is a bit more full than last month.  I’m sure that’s because of the recent rains we’ve had.  I must say the green grass is a nice change from brown and dead.

Along with the green grass, I’m seeing so many bright splashes of yellow!  Dandelions might be a weed to most people, but they are very cheerful.

Another change besides the grass and dandelions is the sounds of the pasture.  First, I’m not huffing and puffing up a storm since I’ve been walking so much more.  There are more birds singing, and I’m greeted with a chorus of frogs!  I’m guessing this little swampy pool is their home because it got very quiet when I came near it.  I couldn’t see a single one!

Along with many remains of last year’s Queen Anne’s Lace, I found some new ones coming up.  They look like little carrots because they are related.

Finally, the windmill.  I still love stopping and looking at it every time I go by.  It’s a reminder of days past when it was the only source of water for the farm.  I still want to fill in the well beneath and clean up the junk around it.  Eventually, I’d like to get rid of the electric line right beside it too.

Well, that’s my first of the month walk for May.  Below is the cottonwood tree photos for March, April and May.  Do you think it will ever get leaves?


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