A few of my favorite shots from the snow melting off the barn roof.
Snow and rain are in the forecast for the next week…again, but the birds and I have been enjoying the sunshine when it makes its appearance!
I wish this picture was in better focus, but I love the look on the Robin’s face that is pursuing the robin with the worm.
In addition to the robins, we have these beauties this year. They are Varied Thrushes and they are EVERYWHERE!!! I noticed one or two a couple of weeks ago and now the pastures are full of them. Not only are they very pretty to look at, but they are also fun to listen to…an interesting whistle that varies in pitch.
I love watching them stare at the ground waiting to make their move!
My favorite little birds have been out in force.
Our pair of wild ducks have become very comfortable with life here on the farm and can be found on the pond most of the time.
Male House Sparrow looking for a free meal from the chickens.
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) waiting for his turn in the chicken pen.
The chickens don’t really seem to mind sharing their extra food.
There are some special birds hanging out inside too!
Here is one of my felted birds I have been making getting ready for the Spring Fling Fiber Sale next weekend in Oregon City.
Here are a few more birds that will be going with me.
This is the first time I will be attending this fiber show and I am very excited to check it out!
Well, when your name is Pizzazz, it means energy and style with an attractive and exciting vitality, especially when combined with style and glamor. A dazzling style, vigorous spirit with flamboyance and flair.
I think this girl embodies all of the above!
When your name is Pizzazz, it also means you have to do everything bigger and better than everyone else!
It also helps that she has a mother who thinks she can do no wrong and boosts her confidence by calling her the perfect princess 🙂
Just in case we were beginning to think Spring was here, Mother nature reminded us what season we are really in…
This is what we woke up to this morning. Lots of big snow flakes falling and it was sticking when I left to take my son to school, but it had all melted by the time I got home.
The robins were out looking for breakfast.
Unlike the robins who were out working for their food, these guys were looking for a free meal from the chickens, little stinkers.
The boys don’t have a cozy barn like the girls do and they weren’t too sure about the change in weather.
They were snuggled up around the tree and waiting for breakfast when I went out.
The ducks seem unphased by this wet…cold weather.
As for the rest of us, sitting inside by the fire sounds like a very good plan!
We have woken up to a couple glorious mornings and nothing makes me happier than to open the blinds and see the sun shining!
It makes the sheep happy too!
My goal was to get an updated picture of all the lambs, but they had other things on their mind. These lambs were munching on the blackberry leaves.
This group of lambs was enjoying the grass with Magoo.
This lamb was being a funny guy 🙂
Luckily, I can always count on Maelstrom to pose for me, thanks little buddy. Their horns are really starting to grow. After a bit of work, I did finally get new pictures of all the lambs. They can be seen on our website – www.kenleigh-acres.com
After accomplishing that goal, it was time to go for a little walk and enjoy the morning. Azera was enjoying the grass while her lambs soaked up the warmth from the sunshine.
The chickens were scratching for goodies…
and having their morning dust baths.
My favorite little birds on the farm, the quail, were out and about and in the mood to have their picture taken…doesn’t happen very often.
I said ‘good morning’ to the pair of ducks living on our pond.
The pair of geese that have been hanging out here thought I got a little too close for comfort and off they went.
The boys were doing what they do best this time of year…hanging out.
I’m glad we all enjoyed it while it was here because it is now pouring and supposed to continue for the next couple of days. Hopefully the rain with trigger the next ewe to have her lambs!
Taking pictures, from horseback, in the sunshine…it doesn’t get much better than that!
This morning I went with my brother and one of his friends to move the cows to a new pasture.
There wasn’t much ‘moving’ to be done because the cows were headed to the new pasture when we got there, they must have gotten the memo that was on today’s to do list.
That was ok, because it was still a great day for a ride.
In addition to managing the cows, my brother also manages the race horses for the company he works for. Here he is ponying one of the soon to be 2-year-olds.
He was such a good boy!
Going in water and over little creeks and he didn’t even flinch when the dogs were running around him.
Such a pretty horse.
This was Nelly’s first time ponying another horse and she did a great job, even though she wasn’t very happy about it. He was being sweet, but was in her space and touching her – two things she was NOT ok with!
You can’t move cows without a couple of dogs, this is Newt.
This momma cow came down the hill with two calves. From what we could tell, both are hers!
I can’t put into words how much I enjoy just going outside and taking pictures, it really is good for my soul.
and look…a picture of me! Since I am the one with the camera most of the time, this doesn’t happen very often. I made Wyatt work for me a little bit more today than the last time I rode him. He is a big, funny guy.
The smile says it all, we had a great time in the sunshine!
My border collie, Kate, is a huge help here on the farm…
she is wonderful with the moms and babies.
Even when the babies get a little too curious.
But she also has another job. It is our duty to keep a local college free of geese. Here is a little bit of information regarding hazing geese with border collies. The most effective way to humanely control the goose population is to introduce a ‘predator’ into the environment. Since it isn’t practical (or safe) to reintroduce wolves, coyotes, and foxes into commercial and residential areas, specially trained dogs are the natural answer. Geese that are harassed on a regular schedule by border collies will seek a safer place to live and raise their young. Geese are beautiful and I love watching them, but when each one of these guys…
is leaving 2-3 lbs. of waste a day, it gets nasty, pretty quick! They also eat 2-5 lbs. of grass in a day – leaving a muddy, poop covered landscape behind them.
Kate and I have been visiting the college for 3 years and the flock of geese that called this location home has decreased dramatically. Unfortunately, it is the perfect place for flocks that are flying through to stop and take a break. This gives Kate steady work and she loves it!
She is always looking, but we couldn’t find any geese on the ground today.
The sky was full of them.
and plenty in the pond, but nothing for my girl to focus her attention on.
That is, until these three flew in.
I love this goose and have been trying to get good pictures of it for quite a while.
It is some sort of cross – the colors and patterns are so fun.
As an extra bonus, we had geese to chase when we got home as well. I have been very careful to save our grass for my mammas and babies, there are plenty of empty fields in our area for these guys to get a free meal somewhere else!