Part of the beauty of having so many animals around me is having the opportunity to observe them as they go about their daily routines. I am always amazed by them.
What really fascinates me, however, are the animals and birds that live in the woods around our farm!
Yesterday, after my work was finished... (oh, and I may have made one (maybe 2) more trips to the greenhouse... but more on that later!). Yes, after all of that was finished, I took a little time to immerse myself in nature and see what I could find.
We've had a myriad of birds at the feeders this spring - and I love watching them. But, there are so many more birds that never come to the feeders. It's these birds that I searched for yesterday. As I sat in different spots around the farm, I saw bluebirds...
barn swallows flying close to the ground in search of insects...
an elusive scarlet tanager in the trees at the edge of the woods...
a pileated woodpecker pecking his way through a rotted tree stump...
and a turkey vulture cleaning up a leftover carcass on the road...
It seemed a virtual smorgasbord (maybe we should call it a smorgasbird?) of bird sights was being served to me on this particular day - and my eyes consumed the feast through the lens of my camera (the good camera with the long lens).
Everywhere one looks, right now, there is bird activity of some sort. It's that busy nesting time of year.
I went over to the Hundred Acre Wood and sat silently in the Field of Dreams hoping to see some of the elusive forest birds, or maybe one of this year's fawns. I sat there waiting, but no one revealed themselves. I did, however, hear a warning snort from a deer in the woods - most likely a mama who was warning me to stay away... her fawn, surely, hidden nearby in the underbrush. I respected her warning and left the area.
Hubbs and I share a love of birdwatching - with nothing being more exciting than seeing a new species. Hubbs uses a wonderful free App from the Cornell Dept. of Ornithology to identify bird calls.
The other day, while sitting on the front porch, this App picked up the following birds singing in the trees of our front yard:
As for those trips to the greenhouse... I noticed while watering the cottage garden at Maven Haven a rather large weed. Upon pulling it, there happened to be a large space with no flowers present. Well, we couldn't just leave it bare, now could we? So, off I went to the greenhouse for a few more specimens to fill in the holes (a couple more foxgloves, coreopsis, purple sage, red yarrow, and a candy tuft). Now the garden looks like this (no holes!):
Finished! (I swear!).
Don't you love this sky? Yesterday was chilly and cloudy... a perfect spring-like day!
We've made a decision this summer. Ordinarily we have a lot of ground that gets mowed. This summer we decided to return a few good sized parcels back to nature and to the bees and butterflies.
A couple of areas like this will no longer be mowed in the hopes that wildflowers take over in the coming years.