The Bear that Ate my Bird Feeders

The Bear that Ate my Bird Feeders

I was just beginning to test the idea of setting up a remote-controlled camera to photograph the variety of birds that come to our bird feeders.  I found that in my first test, it worked quite well.  The very next day, a big black bear knocked down every bird feeder we had.  I will put my idea on hold until this coming winter.

Bluejay Test Photo

Bluejay Test Photo

On any farm, there is an explosion of life in the Spring, ours is no exception.  Birds, animals, trees, flowers, and vegetables are multiplying and budding all over the place.  I have kept tabs on a bird nest in our barn and watched the chicks from when they were eggs until they thought they could fly.  One morning when my wife and I were feeding the animals, we noticed one of the chicks hopping along the floor of the barn near the sheep feed.  He could not fly so I caught him and returned him to the nest while my wife put the cat in a crate.  A close call but all they needed was another day to grow before they flew away.

Speckled Eggs

Speckled Eggs

Hungry Chicks

Hungry Chicks

Chick on Way Back to Nest

Chick on Way Back to the Nest

We have 8 new lambs, some born on the farm and others bought from other herds.  Our 4 older ewes were shorn for the summer and look pretty naked.

All the Lambs

Curious Sheep

Curious Sheep

New Lamb

Lambs Love Hay

Lambs Love Hay

More Lambs

More Lambs

There are other transitions going on like Poppy the indoor cat is becoming Poppy the barn cat.  We are hoping that Chloe and Poppy play well together in the barn. They are still welcome in the house in small doses.

Poppy, Barn Cat in Training

Poppy, Barn Cat in Training

My garden is taking off.  After a mole gobbled up half of my snow pea crop, Chloe visited me in the garden and within 5 minutes, dispatched the mole who was burrowing beneath my pea plants.  She’s my hero.

Snow Peas

Snow Peas

Gathering Lettuce for Dinner

Gathering Lettuce for Dinner

Chloe, My Hero

Chloe, My Hero

Photography by Alicia Crisp and J Crisp