Tag Archives: fence

Wings

30 Jun

I am really enjoying the birds this summer.  You know there’s going to be bobolink pictures.

bobolink

Yep.  There were two males engaged in a little territory spat.

The juvenile eastern meadowlark was out there.

eastern meadowlark

The fritillary was enjoying the flowers in pasture.

fritillary

I noticed this nest of barn swallows.

Two days later when I went out, this little one was sitting on the floor beneath the nest.  After a couple of pictures, s/he flew off.

barn swallow

It looks like the rest of them are about ready to fly away too.

The recent rains have made it easy for the butterflies, including the admiral below, to find a drink.

admiral butterfly

I also saw a red-tailed hawk being mobbed by the blackbirds.

red-tailed hawk and red-winged blackbird

I captured my first black swallowtail of the season.

Lots of things flying around out there!

That Girl!

5 Jun

I have to say, since I posted about Penelope and her fence issues, she has continued to improve.  I think she’s only been stuck once in the last week.  I do hope she continues to remember she can’t get back out anymore.  I am encouraged.

Edit: Of course, writing about how well she’s doing jinxed it.  She got stuck again yesterday right after I scheduled this post.  Poor baby was all hot and I thought I was going to have heat stroke after traversing the entire perimeter of the pasture.  Sigh…

Penelope

Just for the fun of it, Pluto decided he needed a reminder in that lesson.  He got stuck one evening and then the next morning.  Luckily, he inherited his maa’s big mouth.  I could hear him stuck in the south fence when I was on the north edge of the property.

Pluto

I chided him.  But seriously, how could I ever be mad at this sweet face?

I suggested to his mother, Dolly, that she have a conversation with him as well.  So far, it seems to be helping.

Dolly

Then there’s that girl, Addie!  Oh boy.  She is one that has been on the wrong side of the fence several times.  It was so bad that I had to haul panels and fix the places where the coyotes have dug under the fence.  I know they’ll do it again, but I really needed to put a stop to the silliness for now.

Then when I was checking everyone, I noticed I’m going to have to do some major repair work where the ditch exits the Back Forty.  Luckily, Daisy was just nibbling the grass at the top, and she left when I called her name.

Daisy (Ruby and Onyx on the near side and Caroline going the proper direction)

But a couple of kids found a spot where they could sneak through. This spot was created when Zinnia got her horns tangled in there last week.  It really has been a bit naughty around here.

Luckily, it is still my property, but there isn’t a fence there.  As long as they come back and stay off the road they are fine, but I’ll fix this little section too.

Jester enjoying multiflora rose leaves

Of course, Addie is one of the two who was out.

Addie

Then she’s also had her head stuck in the fence several times in the last couple of weeks.  But she does it horribly.  I checked everyone and they were all in the barnyard or the lane, so I went in.  When I let the dog out before bed, I heard a goat.  In my jammies, I went out with a flashlight and found Addie.  She had her back feet on the ground.  Her front feet were stretched up a little ledge, and then her head was reached up even more before she got it stuck through where there wasn’t even any food!  It was a challenge, but I got her out.

Stop it!

She got stuck the next night.  Then the other morning I heard a goat again.  In the heat, I hiked clear to the back fence and got her head out.  Before I could direct her to the rest of the herd, she took off.  She would not listen to me.  Finally, she ended up back up in the barnyard by herself.

Addie with brother Milo

That girl is driving me nuts.

Still Checking Goats

25 May

You’d think that now that I’m done kidding until at least June 10th, I’d be done checking goats for a while.  But no.

heading out to pasture

I am still trekking out to the Back Forty at least two or three times per day.

Caroline trying to pick a fight with Bambi

Why?  Well, the other day when I went out I saw Moira trying to reach that delicious whatever.

I knew before she did that it was not going to end well.

I got her freed, and then she just gave me the stink eye, like it was my fault.

The herd was moving off, and Moira quickly joined them.

Myson (waiting for me)

But I was really concerned when I looked back at the fence and saw these three.  I caught two and tossed them back over the fence.  The third scurried back to where they  had gone under the fence (coyotes hollow out areas to come under) and they re-joined the herd.

Chrys, Addie, and Bronc

Then there’s this one. She’s about one more time of being stuck in the fence before I have to take drastic measures.  The other night, she was clear on the far side of the pasture when I went to find her.

Penelope

By the time I had her free, the rest of the herd was all the way up in the barnyard.

Of course, my faithful friend Popcorn was there to accompany me and try to help me free Penelope.

Popcorn

So, yes, I am still checking goats.  Hopefully those two figure out quickly that their horns have grown too much to be sticking their heads through the fence anymore and the little ones quit slipping under the fence.