We had some sun yesterday, before thunderstorms rolled in.
How I love taking pictures of the birds!
These were having a treat of leftovers.
They made the leftovers disappear, believe me.
Here I'll stop and tell you a funny story.
In the hen spa yard, there is a medium-sized doghouse that
I put in there for the ducks I used to have.
I have been putting straw in it, because several of the hens like to
lay in there, so I check it everyday.
First let me say that because the chickens came in the dead of winter,
I did not let them outside for weeks. Then, for at least two weeks, they
would walk out on the deck of the henhouse, and not go down to the yard.
Then... one day, I came out there to do chores in the evening, and seven or
eight of the twelve were outside. I was able to get them in.
That was the last time! I have had to leave the pophole open
now for 3 weeks, because I am not out there at dusk to lock up, as I was when we lived there.
There is a six foot high fence.
So, Keith had to go out there to do an errand for me last night, and I asked him if he
would go over to the henyard and count heads and make sure everyone was in.
You see, when I checked the doghouse yesterday, I noticed a lot of poop.
I knew storms were coming, so I went over to the haybarn, got a handful of hay and straw,
and took it over and spread it in the doghouse.
When Keith leaned over, at least six sets of eyes stared at him in the dark!
He was so stunned he started laughing. Since it takes two to get them in,
he left the pophole door open, and left them out.
We have been laughing about it since last night.
I suspected they were sleeping outside when I saw the poop, I just didn't know
So, I have broken down and put feed and water outside, which I swore I
would not do this time, because it draws wild birds and vermin. I put the
feed under the porch, though, where the chickens can get to it, and the wild birds won't see it.
I'm going to keep feeding for another month, then tail it off and stop
out in the country. I'll continue feeding here.
This little guy was on the side of the road yesterday, I have been trying
for days to get a squirrel picture.
Lil was on the trail of some moles in the good weather.
She finally gave up and came up and laid on the porch, where it was
We saw lots of nice things on the way home...
And one sad thing...
I honestly think this girl may have been dumped, there was no carcass there in the morning when I went by... and there was no blood around. More about her in a minute.
From a great distance, I saw this bird in the air over the Spehar's pasture yesterday.
I was thrilled, because the turkey vultures migrate, and they have been
gone all winter.
When I actually looked at the pictures today, I realized it was a big hawk.
I have seen VERY few of them in the last three weeks.
However, back to the deer...
It was laying just past the little barnyard where our goat friends
As I drove towards the bridge, I saw this...
For a minute, my heart jumped because I have seen turkeys on this road, and I have been looking for them all the time.
I realized, though, that these were not turkeys.
I began to stalk them slowly (laugh) IN the car. I drive forward inches at a time. The dogs are so patient, Jester was sleeping, and Lilly was watching.
I actually began to observe them... and wonder why they
were not eating the deer, and then I realized I did not
see her beyond the end of the bridge...
So when I pulled up to it...
They flew over into the pasture, and there was a third vulture there,
looking down into the deep ditch along the road.
My guess is, there was something in that ditch working on the deer, probably coyotes.
Either they pulled that deer off the road (doubtful) or someone came along and dragged it off and threw it in the ditch, OR... one of Leavenworth County's great road crews came along and
pushed it off into the ditch. I might try to take a look tonight on the way back over, if it isn't pouring rain by then.
God's Cleanup Crew is back from the south.
We had a thunderstorm last night and this morning, and more is expected later this afternoon.
We need the moisture here.