March 17th

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

A true drama unfolded in our backyard today.

My image today just puts me to giggles every time I look at it. The struggle, the damsel. The victory, the defeat.

These two went at it for about a half hour today, with and without female presence.

Enjoy some of my best catches:

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Another neat thing from today? I photographed a fox for the first time ever! My image is shaky at best, but I don’t care because I caught him! He was a ways out there, well beyond the capabilities of my lens, but still a neat thing for me.

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March 16th

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

I think spring is officially around the corner.

This gorgeous weather we’ve been having, and the weather that’s coming within the next week (60 degrees next weekend!!!) is a sure sign. Yes, we had a snowstorm in April last year, but I’m choosing to be an optimist this year because I’m ready for sunshine.

Anyway, moving on. We had quite a few eagles pass through our neck of the woods last spring around this time, and I’ve been noticing them around again. This morning, I looked out my kitchen window to this beautiful pair relaxing at my neighbor’s. They hung out for an hour after I noticed they were there, and it was such a treat to look out the window and see them sitting there as I went about my morning.

March 11th

Monday, March 11th, 2019

And just like that, it’s spring! Or at least it feels like it.

With the amount of critters out and about today, it’s safe to say that they all think so too.

We haven’t seen deer (or their tracks) in months. I think the snow got too deep, and to preserve energy they were only moving around as they needed to near where they’ve been bedded down.

So as Paul and I sat out in our lawn chairs (I got sun burned today, and it was lovely!), and we saw this little parade come up the paved part of our driveway, it was the cherry on top of this perfect spring day. They came up from Tucker, took a break in our cul-de-sac, and continued up my parent’s driveway all the way up to their house.

There’s no way to know for sure, but with the size difference between the three, I believe this is our resident doe and her set of twins from last summer.

She really is a rockstar. Year after year, season after season, she prevails.

February 19th

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Large shadowy blobs in trees always make me stop for  a better look.

More often than not, they’re large birds. To me, a bird worth photographing.

Sitting in my office this morning, I saw a blob in one of our trees out front. It’s a tree that doesn’t often have birds that sit in it, so my interest was more peaked than normal.

This blob shifted in the tree, and the light hit it – a rooster pheasant!

I should’ve known – the pheasants always come out before a big snowstorm. Time to buckle down!

February 6th

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

If you’re a consistent follower of my blog and/or have been to my house in the winter, you know about our pheasants.

Yes, our resident Ringneck Pheasants.

We have dozens of hens and roosters that live around our house, and thanks to the open farm fields, in the wintertime their presence is a daily occurrence (Which I absolutely love!).

Well, this morning’s story was this guy. He flew in to our front field and came right up to the edge of our front yard. It’s a bit of a drop off into the field, and for twenty minutes I watched him disappear when he put his head down to eat and then comically pop back up – so naturally, I had to share ☺️

After the cold we had last week, I’m happy to see them all out and about again!

December 17th

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Wait, wait, wait – is that bare grass in mid-December?!

YES! Forty degrees three days in a row will do that to a landscape.

The girls are LOVING it. The warm weather, no snow thing is right up their alley. Especially the no snow part, seeing as they evidently have a deep-seeded disdain for the white stuff.

They’re back to making laps around the house, so that means all of the chicken manure stays where I want it – in the yard. It gets them off my front porch which makes this chicken mama one happy camper.

While this image isn’t perfect by any means, the warm evening light made my soul happy today. And the girls’ bodies make little triangles out in the yard when you see them from a distance, so Penny’s pose here makes me smile thinking about that.

December 11th

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

There was romance in the air this morning.

Throughout the past couple weeks, we’ve had a couple of hen pheasants that have been consistently feeding in the field behind our house. This morning a rooster joined them.

Feeding, however, was not what was on his mind.

This isn’t the best angle to see him in his full strut, but it’s a great angle to show how he’s attempting to make himself look bigger to the hen. He has flattened himself out, spread out his tail feathers, and moved in close to her.

She, on the other hand, seemed more annoyed than anything. She kept trying to feed, and he kept invading her space.

Maybe next time, bud!