Mayhem and Special Visitors

As I was working around the dry lot yesterday mid-morning, I heard bleating from the front pasture.  Faith was near the dry lot fence voicing her sheeply disapproval.


There, a few feet away, Annie and Forrest were boxing each other, and Faith was not at all happy about it!


"It's all fun and games, until somebody loses an eye!" I could hear her saying.


Yes, Forrest is pretty much in the center of any activity around the farm.  He visits the horses in the pasture...


and "helps" guide them back to the barn (not that Moonie needs any encouragement!)


If the donkeys are upset, it's typically something that Forrest is doing that has them flustered...


like trying to drag the scary purple ball under the fence.  That ball was in the dry lot for years, untouched, until Forrest arrived.  It's now his favorite toy.  The way the donkeys act, it might as well be a monster.


No monster... just a little canine mayhem!

I stopped by our very busy pond yesterday.  It has become like an airport... ducks coming and going and a melting pot of different breeds.  The usuals were there...

 (from front to back:  common black duck, our rare leucistic mallard, two female mallards, two male mallards)

 A second black duck was sitting near the shore.

What most surprised me was the presence of this little gal.   She was much smaller than any of the other ducks - half the size of our two domestic pond ducks, and she had a light blue bill with a black tip. 

 After a little research, I found that she is a female American Widgeon and native to the western half of the US (spending summers in Canada and winters as far south as Mexico), but can be found migrating through the eastern half of the US.  What surprised me was the fact that she was all alone.  Typically, they migrate in groups.  I am wondering if this little gal got blown off course. 

Of course she is welcome to overwinter here on the pond where there's safety and plenty of food!

 I make a concerted effort to always carry a camera with me.  It never fails that when I don't have a camera, I see something amazing that I wish I could document.  Like...  last night, while taking the dogs for a pre-bed walk down our long driveway, I noticed the shadowy movement of a silent flier out of the corner of my eye.  Because I was wearing a head lamp, I was able to shine a light in that direction.  There, perched on a low branch of a tree several feet off the driveway, looking back at me, was a little screech owl, no bigger than 6 inches tall.   He was so adorable!  We just stood there looking at each other for a couple minutes - a truly magical moment.  Sadly - no photo.  I am now going to make it my goal to find an owl to photograph at night.  Wish me luck!

Comments

Rena said…
The Widgeon duck is adorable!
Diane said…
I love the Widgeon duck and all the ducks but owls are one of my favorite birds. I hope you are able to photograph one.
This N That said…
I remember years ago seeing a tiny owl in the rafters of our carport. So sweet and such a surprise. Hope you are able to find more to photograph.
Forrest keeps everyone on their toes.
Enjoy your day. A little drop in the temperatures!
Marcia LaRue said…
70° here in S. CO today ... snow ️ ❄️ tomorrow!
What a beautiful little duck that Widgeon is ... blue is certainly her color!
Faith is that neighbor who tries to tell you how to raise your kids! LOL
Csnook said…
That little Widgeon duck is adorable!! I love the little blue bill!
Anonymous said…
Oh, I love the photo of Faith voicing her disapproval of the rowdy dogs, ha! And the donkeys with their steely gaze at Forrest's antics! I bet someday when he is mature Forrest will be a wonderful helper with the animals . . . but not yet! The Widgeon duck is so elegant and beautiful, just love the pictures! We all look forward to seeing owl pics, owls carry wonderful mystery to me. Becky
Anonymous said…
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Gracie
THE BEARDED ONE said…
LOTS OF GREAT COMMENTS...ENJOYED THEM AS WELL AS YOUR PICS AND COMMENTAY...I WAS PREPAREING AN AREA TO POUR A SLAB OF CONCRETE...AND I GOT TO MIMICKING THE OWLS...THEY GOT VERY ANGRY AND 3 OR 4 FLEW WITHIN IN A FEW 100 OR LESS FEET OF ME...I SHUT UP QUICK...IT WAS ABOUT 3 AAM AND THE CONCRETE TRUCK WAS COMING AT 7 AM...I FINISHED PREPARING THE AREA ABOUT 4 AM...BUT I DID NOT MORE OWL CALLING...THESE PICS ARE AWESOME...YOU SURE KNOW YOUR STUFF AND YOU SURE AMAZE ME W/YOUR GREAT COMMENTS...HAVE A SUPER FINE REST OF THE DAY... KEEP SMILING !!!!!
This N That said…
PS...Love the Widgeon..adorable!!!
jaz@octoberfarm said…
i would love to see that owl! we have another big storm coming on sunday.
Aww.....I love your new duck.....hope she stays around your place!
Agent X, not said…
If a male widgeon joins the "lady"- you will enjoy their calls, and their appearance. They fly though our small lakes every winter and spring to join our mallards, and the occasional pair of geese. Baby owls and large barn owls, as well as coyotes, bobcats, and all manner of hawks visit us also-always a treat. Our fav times are dawn & twilight when we are more likely to have visitors. As usual love your posts.