10/14/13

Three and a Big Surprise

Lily loves our mail lady.
Probably because every time she comes up the hill, she has a package for Lily.

This time it was from one of my dearest friends in another state.....


There were two sweet cards inside~ one for Lily, and another one for... Lily's Birthday!!


Yes, you heard me~ its all yours.



The box was pre-inspected.


Each gift and the adorable wrapping paper were also pre-inspected. *Sigh*


Apparently this one met approval even before it was unwrapped. :)


Treats....


 Treats.....


Treats!!! *YUMMY*



I told her to smile for the camera, Angie~ this is what I got. 

And that smile says "Thank you."  





So, how did she spend her 3rd Birthday?





Uh, lets just say it was.... uneventful.  ;)







10/11/13

Friday Farm Fotos: Bad Girl

It was getting dark and someone was missing; one large red hen with a pair of big yellow feet and an attitude to match. I looked up and down and in every nook and cranny with my flashlight there was no sign of her. The only clue was a red tail feather I found in the grass near the barn, and that is never a good sign. Most of the time if there has been a predator attack there is more than one feather on the ground, so that made me think she could still be out there somewhere, but as darkness fell and my batteries started getting weak, hope of finding her alive faded with my flashlight. 

I was sad.... I never like to lose any of my birds.....


Morning came. It was unusually foggy.... I didn't think it would ever get daylight. I had just poured a cup of coffee and was staring out the kitchen window, when....



I saw her.


Meandering across the back yard, looking over her shoulder as if she was hoping nobody would see her sneaking back to the chicken coop before dawn. My heart was happy!
But then, I chuckled...
At the thought that her hiney was safe but her reputation was ruined.... :)

Happy Friday!


10/4/13

Friday Farm Fotos: Random Birds

Lily enjoys the autumn sunshine.



Well, the hummingbirds have finally moved on... *sniff*... the last time I saw one was on Tuesday, and I'm pretty sure the cool nights this week have alerted them to the fact that it is time to go south. I will leave the feeders up for a couple more weeks in case some more pass through and need a drink. I'll miss them and their chatty little squeaks, but I'll still have lots of company at the seed and suet feeders to make me smile. Here are some of the different birds that visit on regular basis and will continue to do so through the winter.




Next to the hummers, I have to say that the nuthatch is near the top of my list of favorite birds. 
Their acrobatic moves amaze me, and I love their quirky little raspy call.




And of course, bluebirds always make me smile.....




Blue Jays are noisy birds, but I like having them around. 
They are beneficial when you have chickens in that they will alert you when danger is around, such as a hawk or a cat.




We have an abundance of male and female red birds (cardinals) that feed every morning at the sunflower feeders.





Doves are also plentiful, and since they are too big to perch on the feeders I scatter a little bit of seed on the ground for them every morning.





Mockingbirds are bug-catchers so they don't eat at the feeders, but they make their presence known by constantly imitating all the other bird calls.




Occasionally I will see goldfinches, and the male and female always feed together, with one on the lookout while the other one eats. I was only able to capture the male in this picture because Mrs. Goldfinch was watching from the top of the satellite dish. :)



Every once in a while I'm fortunate to catch a glimpse of a rare bird, and I'm even more fortunate when I have my camera handy. Pileated woodpeckers are so shy they seldom land this close to the house, and he was still too far away for my camera to focus clearly..... but I managed to capture a shot or two before he flew away.




And here is another unusual bird sighting~ 
a Sunbathing Silkie. :)

Actually, this is nothing unusual for Sadie, 
who does this all the time now that she is getting close to the ripe old age of 5!


Happy Friday, everyone!