Northern visitors

I was fortunate enough to walk through the dining room at just the right moment to view the front yard and the feeders in the large honeysuckle bush. There on a patch of ground uncovered by the snow plow, at first glance I thought they were Lapland Longspurs, but then quickly realized these birds had […]

Traffic around the feeders

Monday as I looked out the window where the feeders hang in the large honeysuckle bush, there clustered among the top branches were six Red-winged blackbirds. Perhaps they were youngsters from this year and finally realized they were past due to leave for warmer climes and just searching for a place to rest before moving […]

Canadas still flying south

It has been an interesting week on the farm. Late Sunday afternoon on my way out to close up the chickens for the night, I heard the faint call of a Canada goose. After looking all around me, I saw a small skeine of them flying low and thought they were headed for the pond. […]

Signs of an upcoming winter

This morning while sitting at my dining room table siping a warm cup of coffee, I was thrilled to see the arrival of several Pine Siskins checking out the feeders in our old honeysuckle bush. They are a delicate-looking, but hardy little finch with a thin bill and flashes of yellow color in their wing […]

Turkey Trot

Well, Saturday blew in nasty; snow, sleet and driving rain with a strong wind that drove most of the remaining maple leaves out of the yard. The temperature did not help either as it was hovering around 32 to 36 degrees. However Saturday was the day the turkey hens decided to return at about 30 […]

Seeing red

Well, this is a first for me. Today, outside my dining room window in the honeysuckle bush (more like a small tree), I saw the male cardinal who resides in our neighborhood. As he moved around the bush deciding on how and when to alight on the bird feeder, there appeared another male cardinal. Never […]

Spring has arrived.

It was quite a struggle, but spring is surely here to stay. The snow has melted back to just a few patches in the woods. There are faint areas of green erupting from the soil and the daffodils are showing more of their sunny heads. Four does appeared in the fields yesterday around dusk; three […]

Where have all the April showers gone?

Once more, Saturday was beautiful. People were finally able to get outside and do a little bit of yard work, raking, cleaning the salt and gravel off their lawns left by the snow plows, thinking about spring planting time, and just enjoying the day. Then came Sunday, Monday and now Tuesday. The snow has returned […]

The eagle has landed

As I was sitting in the sunroom today under a cloudy sky enjoying a luncheon salad, a dark, brown shape obscured my view of the sky. As I stood up to see what it was, a large adult bald eagle flew overhead and as he crossed the pasture, he pirouetted and made a steep dive […]

Robins abound

Today is bright and sunny, full of promise. The robins finally have spots of bare ground to search for morsels to eat. These newcomers are males, arriving earlier than the ladies, either to move further north or set up shop here on my farm. Welcome home!