Tag Archives: pheasant

They’re Here!

28 May

I shared with you some of the birds I’ve seen around the farm last week.  I forgot to add the goldfinch

and the pair of thrashers.

This handsome fellow was strolling down the road.

pheasant

The oriole was trying to pick up the left-over llama fluff for her nest.

She tried taking too big of a chunk, so she never did get it.

I was happy to see these out in pasture.

bluebird

I think this is an orchard oriole.

red-headed woodpecker

But I have to say, I was thrilled when last Sunday I heard him.     (Audio from The Audubon Society)

The bobolinks are back!

One of the reasons I am so happy that they come and nest in my pasture is because Audubon does list them as a priority bird because of their declining numbers.

It was really exciting to get to see the pair of birds.

The girls are not usually as visible as the male.  He does kind of stand out in his breeding finery.  After the breeding season, they’ll both loose their colors and look a lot like female red-winged blackbirds.

I got to see the whole dancing and flirting (which is why the pictures are so cropped.  I didn’t want to disturb them.)

That’s why I always wait until after the first of July to make hay off my pastures.  I want to make sure they have a chance to raise their babies before we mow.

Watching Out the Window

29 May

I love all the windows in my house, and they are great for taking pictures of birds.

But they do distort and get dirty and I’m usually not happy with the pictures I take through the windows.

Although, the windows I had repaced let me take some pretty good shots.

I’ve decided to replace the rest of my downstairs windows this summer.  Now it’s not just for the photography.  I love being able to open windows.  The breeze feels nice, and that’s not something I’ve been able to do for the first twenty years I’ve lived here.

I love that the windows can open in for cleaning.  I have actually washed the new windows already!  They are also double hung, so I can put the screens on top.  The animals don’t rip the screens up and I can open it for the cats to come in.

Bob Cat waiting at the old dirty window

Replacing my windows means I need to do some massive cleaning though.  I have to do something with all the plants and I also have to clean off the front porch since the windows between it and the house are also getting replaced.  The porch doesn’t stop as much wind as you might think.

Sky

I can hardly wait to have the entire downstairs open!

Backyard Visitors

20 Mar

One nice thing about lounging at home while I’m not feeling well, is the view of my backyard.  I finally got to see these two up close, and they weren’t scared off since I was photographing them through the window.

They’ve been hanging out in my old garden/cornfield all winter.  I think they actually live in the brush pile out there.

Somebody noticed something!  Can you see it?

It’s Snickers!  Run, pheasant, run!  That might be excessive.

Snickers was just looking for a place to go to the bathroom and then come back to the house.

It’s all better now.

They can go back to eating.