Sunday, January 05, 2014
The mockingbird, back again and favoring the electric pole between our house and the neighbors. When he's courting, he sings a routine of many bird songs and then flies a tight vertical loop above his pole perch. I've yet to get good shots of his dance. Mockingbirds can develop a repertoire of over 30 tunes including some surprising pieces, mimicking dogs, cats and in this fellow's case, even a frog. I have heard it. I swear. He ribbits at then end before doing his little loop above the pole. When the mockingbird is courting the tree swallows and bluebirds are already raising their families in our boxes and summer is well and truly here.
Posted by Julie & Andrew at 4:54 PM
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Hello and Happy New Year. Trust me, I have a whole stock pile of pictures from this summer and fall and winter to post. Time got away from me in 2013 but I hope to post more regularly this winter and then once it warms up, we'll see. So today is our warm, March-ish day until another round of cold weather hits. I spent a chunk of the afternoon goofing off outside the house, and all of these pictures are from today. I let the chickens out to range and boy did they have fun. They have all their feathers now and are back to laying. I get about 2 eggs a day from 4 chickens so they are laying every other day but as the days get longer, more eggs will appear in the nest box. Here they are enjoying the raised beds. I had to herd them out of the garage more than once as I was putting recycling in the car. They are fascinated by the garage and love it. We do not like them in the garage because there are too many bad things for them to get into, and you know, the spontaneous pooping.
Posted by Julie & Andrew at 1:34 PM