Bright fall leaves decorate the forest
Spotted wild turkeys touring around the farm
I started seeing blooms in the middle of April.
It’s been raining for days and the wetlands are full of water. The area west of the main house is flooded. This morning two lonely mallards occupied the pond. They have been recruiting more – I counted 7 ducks swimming around while having lunch with Dad.
I’ve also spotted a sparrow hawk and a marsh hawk hunting over the field.
The sun breaks through intermittently and east of the property a rainbow arches over the giant mound in the neighbors field.
Our neighbor whose boundaries encircle the farm, The Nature Conservancy, is continuing their ecological restoration and monitoring efforts. This spring Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz headed a survey of Nelson’s checkermallow (Sidalcea nelsoniana), a plant listed on the Federal and State Threatened Species List.
Wild turkey couple up by the barn and then out on the homestead.
Snow in the early morning
A bald eagle flies over the house. The kestrel and the marsh hawk are out almost every day. Flocks of yellow finches around the house flying from the watercress pond to the birch tree. Resident blue jays play with the cats. Flocks of swifts or small swallows flying around the house into the oaks from one side to the other making beautiful patterns as they fly together and the lights catches on the tilt of their wings. Frogs loudly singing, singing loudly.
Heavy frost and high fog.
Crow and a kestrel side by side on the telephone wire. The crow and the kestrel then side by side in the oak tree top.
Cloudy spots of sun. 45 f mist in the mountains
Marsh hawk flying over wetlands. Two roughed skinned newts walking in mowed path. Three otters playing in muddy creek stopped under the bridge to have a long look up at us.