Puddle in the Pasture

A view of the Pacific Northwest from the back yard.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Little Snipe!

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This morning while I was doing my chores, I happened upon this little one, near the duck pond. 

Common Snipe is it’s name, it hangs out in freshwater marshes and ponds. It seemed to be fairly brave, staying near the pond while I was working. 

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

I Did it Again!

Another Farm tragedy, due to my forgetful/sidetracked brain. 

A few night ago I went out to feed and put away my turkeys as I do every night…..but I missed that last step, I fed them but I forgot to go around and shut all their doors.

As I stepped off the porch the next morning I knew there was something wrong with the picture I was seeing. It wasn’t the free ranging turkeys that I noticed first, no, it was the small clump of white feathers on the ground, immediately I realized, “ Oh I left the turkeys out!!!!!!” As I got closer I saw more and more feathers here, there and every where.

The coyotes must have been waiting for this very opportunity, they killed and carried away two big toms.  One I didn’t really care about, but the other was my favorite.  I do have a replacement……but the fellow I lost was in his prime.  He had all his big boy feathers and he was so pretty and…...Oh well, that’s enough whining! 

The fact of the matter is I have a definite problem on my hands ~forgetfulness~ I try and have a routine so I don’t forget anybody.  Sometimes my brain runs on auto pilot and that’s where the routine helps it makes me think about what I’m doing, what comes next, it also makes me more efficient.  It doesn’t always work though, sometimes I think too far ahead and skip a step, or blend two chores into one.  Like when I pick up the bunnies from their bunny-tractor and go to put them in their hutch in the barn for the night, I try to put the bunny in the the dove pen cuz’ I was thinking about doing game bird chores at the moment! I’ve done that twice now.

I think the answer might be a sidekick, someone to follow me around and question my every move!  

I’m taking applications.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mink!

Recently I lost all of four my Dutch hook bill ducks.  (the smaller breed)

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The Dutch hook bill are in front~And that’s a cat on my shoulder

The first night three were taken, then it came back for the last one the next night, carrying them up the wall of their shed and out through the gap between the wall and the roof….I have patched the gap!  I had been thinking it was a small raccoon that did the deed, but this morning I saw it! a little mink running along the edge of the pond, forgetting we had the little critter I never suspected it.  Its all so clear now!