Monday, April 27, 2015

A Bird Post

I intended to do a post about the Flora and Fauna of Leavenworth 
County today, but I had so many good bird pictures I decided to change it. 

Keith and I came across this guy after doing chores Sunday morning... he was 
perched on the fence pole where I have seen him several times before, outside the 
big horse pasture I pass twice daily.  There are woods nearby, for cover, and 
he has a lot of room to see the little creatures he's hunting. 

He's a modest owl.  

This group of two toms, two jakes and a hen also had about four more hens out of camera range on the right.  

Yes, the hunters are out... and yes, that bird in the picture got away. 

As we were leaving the old house this afternoon after getting the eggs and doing chores... 
I saw something in the sky and grabbed the camera. 

Crows do not like hawks.  
Three crows were out to get this guy. 

They meant business. 

The hawk was diving and jeuking around. 

All of the sudden, the crows fled! 

And a pair of vultures flew over, in lazy circles. 

The thing was, they were very, very low... and I had already had a scare at the henspa. 

You may have to biggify this to see it.  Around the lower part of the six foot high henspa fence, there 
is a "layer" of poultry wire, zip-tied to the chainlink.  I bent about six inches out as it hit the 
ground, so that the dogs could not dig through.  I obviously did not pay attention this morning... 
something tried to dig in, and the poultry wire was loose in this area, which is right by the gate into the yard.  The zip ties were two years old, and popped off... so... I pulled the poultry wire to 
the chainlink, zip tied everything anew... and put something over the hole that had 
been dug that canine paws cannot move. 

You probably don't remember, but these crazy chickens I am watching are not like my flocks, they do not go inside at night, except for one hen that IS roosting inside (I can tell from the poop) and 
one hen who is brooding eggs.  They sleep in the dog house that I kept in this yard for the ducks. 

I'm hoping I don't go out there some morning soon and see a yard full of feathers. 

I have been leaving the front gate open, I may have to close it now.  

Could have been a fox, too. 

The wild birds are still coming, too. 

And this male cardinal looked like he was telling me to GET LOST! 


  1. Ha! Too funny...just this morning I saw a crow attacking a hawk in my back yard. I had no idea they were so crazy! We have had an abundance of crows in our yard this year. We also have an infestation of cankerworms. I believe those two may go hand in hand! And by the way...every night when the owls get started hooting, I think of you! =o)

  2. Beautiful photos Mary Ann
    Will it be possible for you to take the chickens to your new house some day? Or does zoning allow it?

  3. Mary Ann,

    I'm surprised to see this owl perched out in the open during the day. Usually there out of sight.
    Gorgeous pictures my friend.
    Oh dear, I truly hope these chickens stay within their pen and nothing gets inside.

  4. Great pictures as always. I love the colorful cardinal and the turkeys the best. Here at my house we see a hawk fly over now and then doing some some swoops to see if anything is available, but thankfully it never hangs around very long.

  5. Such good pictures Mary Ann. We saw one of the eagles on Sunday again, but could not get a picture with my camera.

  6. Mom nevers see's or hears any owls in our town, we think they all live wif you!!!!!
    stella rose

  7. We do love those birdies
    Lily & Edward


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