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Category Archives: Wildlife

April Snow Showers Bring…..Frogs?

It has been snowing off and on this week. And the frogs have all come out of hibernation to sing their songs of lust and procreation to the world….through chattering teeth (or gums anyway). Earlier this week, I decided to take mercy on my wet goats and fetch them in early. It was snowing and …

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Raccoons & Plastic Eggs

We got some plastic Easter eggs to try to fool the chickens into laying eggs were we want them. Well, it was more of a compromise. There are places in the main yard where I wouldn’t mind them laying eggs, if they have to insist on NOT laying in the hen house. So, I put …

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Flycatcher Family

Several years ago, a mud-building nester made a little home under the eaves of the porch. The nest fell, and M3 built a little box out of scrap wood, which he attached to the eave in about the same place, and put the nest in it. The birds snubbed their noses and left. For years …

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Bird Knocking

Folks were very generous with their feedback when this was originally posted. I have gone through and made corrections. Thank you everyone! This bird was knocking on my house, loudly. It was also having a very energetic conversation with this other bird (female woodpecker?). Now, until we got chickens, I didn’t really pay attention to …

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Predator Problems

We lost our goose Bob a few weeks ago. I’m posting a picture of his carcass here to show that very little of it was eaten, which indicates Bob was killed for fun, most likely by a neighbor’s dog. We are the only folks who fence our dog in a specific dogyard among our neighbors, …

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Swift, Silent Donkey

IAmASwiftSilentDonkey IAmASwiftSilentDonkey IAmASwiftSilentDonkey That was my mantra last week early one morning. My Main Man was out of town for a week doing some firefighting training and I had the farm to myself. This meant that I needed to get the animals out to pasture in the morning before I headed off to work. Here, …

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Planting Water Lilies

When we moved here in 2002, our pond had one lonely water lily, in pink. Over the years it grew. Last year, My Main Man braved the pond scum and placed in 4 more and a pond iris. The iris didn’t make it, nor did 2 of the lilies. So this year, M3 wanted to …

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Bat Box

Two weekends ago, I found a dead bat down by our garden. It was laying on it’s back, with several puncture wounds. My guess is that one of our predatory birds caught this guy out a little late, but then dropped him for some reason. One of my coworkers is something of a bat expert …

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Aquatic Life, Indoors and Outdoors

The other day I found Tanuki hopping around in the living room – back and forth, back and forth. He was staring intently at the carpet the entire time. At first I thought it was a piece of his disconnected fluff or some leaf that had blown in. This dog has been known to bark …

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Heron Distraction

This was originally published 01/13/2011 at Darkcargo.com. It is reposted here with the gracious permission of Lady Darkcargo. The sun was sinking behind my shoulder as I walked to the lower pasture last night to let the goats up. They were all there waiting for me, anticipating a dinner of alfalfa for the evening. I …

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