|And the sensor is in the shade.|
|The "where is my blanket" look.|
|Savory Zucchini & Cheddar Scones|
These photos were taken in the beginning of July, so multiply the green by 50. I will get out and take pictures this weekend, if it's not too brutal. There is so much to do outside, too. It ain't fair, I tell ya! I finally managed to find someone to rebuild my fence, but now am faced with material shortages and have posts being delivered, but no fencing panels - ETA unknown.
There has been an abundance of many things here - some good, some no so. There is a bumper crop of crows, sparrows, hummers and chipmunks. A huge grey owl has moved into the wooded area nearby. Apparently, there's a bumper crop of red-tailed hawks and wild turkeys, too. And, for the first time in years,we have raccoons. Joy. The chipmunk problem has seemed to have lessened - probably because of the hawk population. The crows help protect the hens from the hawks, as they hate them and raise a holy ruckus when any are within range. They are much more reliable than the rooster, who is as sharp as a marble. I am still going through over a cup and a half of hummer nectar every day, although it seems to be slowing down slightly. There are sparrows everywhere, much to Lovey's consternation and Slimmie's excitement. I have heard the owl for the past month - checking its call against my bird app (I do love some aspects of technology). If I had any doubts, they were dispelled when I trotted out to the sheep enclosure a few mornings ago to find a headless rabbit. It was a large rabbit and, apparently, owls take the best bits (contained in the head) and leave the rest, when their prey is too big to carry. If that doesn't put you off your breakfast, I don't know what would.
A week ago, I had put an empty waterer on top of the chicken's feed dish to keep out the critters overnight. When I came out the next morning, the waterer was six feet away. Social distancing or raccoon?
|Notice the telltale sign in the|
'bottom of the duck's pool