Tag Archives: pasture

Friday Afternoon Leftovers

15 Oct

Just a bit of stuff from around the farm:

Antigone looks really good after a year off from having babies.

Mrs. Goose

She’s molting right now.

Hilda and Purl. I think Purl is happy her little brother and sister are shut away.

Maybeline and Aurora

Mr. Peacock

He’s starting to grow his feathers back in.

Odie

My sweet girls–Haley and Pretzel

We are trying to get back to normal after all the repair work from the derecho. (Sky)

Another Day in Pasture

12 Oct

I am trying to walk more.  It’s been a rough year to try and get out and just walk and enjoy pasture, so I’m trying to do more of that.

Silly wethers–Myson and Casey

It makes me happy to climb the hill and see the herd out there.

The herd

This is the back hill that was just made into hay.

Aurora

Popcorn

With the tiny bit cooler weather and the little rain we’ve had, it’s still growing.  That’s good.

Daisy

If we don’t get early snow and ice, the goats will still be able to feed themselves off pasture until the end of the year.

Penelope, Cupid, and Zinnia catching up to the rest of the herd

That also makes my life much easier.

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.