There's no doubt about it. Animals are a major source of entertainment around the farm.
Each morning, the runner ducks' front gate is opened and they happily scamper out into the world. Except for a couple of rest sessions, they spend their day canvasing the farm - from the edge of the woods and across all of the pastures - bills to the ground in search of tasty bugs. I am hoping they happen to wander down to the orchard where a veritable (cicada) feast awaits them!
Naturally, the chickens are happy to be out and about once again.
Yesterday was a very big day for the chicks. We decided to allow them access to their yards. Hubbs secured the perimeter with small chicken wire to keep them from escaping and also to keep out any predators.
It took a little time for them to gather their courage, but eventually most of the piled out into the yard... if only for a moment. With time, however, they will get more and more adventurous!
Tuesday evening while we were doing the "tuck-in" chores, I heard the unusual, yet familiar, call of a blue heron. (There is one that frequents our pond. Getting a photo of him is difficult, as he is quite shy.). I looked up in the direction of his call, and saw him flying up to the treetops across the street from our front pasture. There, he landed in the top of the tree and stayed.
I quickly ran home to get my good camera, and luckily, he stayed right where he was until I returned. The lighting was not the best as it was after sundown, but here he is a little closer...
And I started this little cardigan in a soft mint green Malabrigo yarn that has a little bit of a brown haze to it. I'll show you what it looks like when I get a little further along.
Lastly, here are a few colorful garden photos...