107 posts categorized "Wildlife"

sunflowers, bees and butterflies...oh my

We planted a row of sunflowers along side our corn and they are starting to open up.  I couldn't decide if I like the sunflower in color or B&W, so I posted both. 

Sunflower1

B&w2

The bees and butterflies are busy on my Joe Pye Weed.  It's fun to watch these guys so busy doing what bees and butterflies do.

Bee

Butterfly

Our cow barn or milking barn is starting to come along nicely, I will do a post on that as we make more progress. 

Our hot spell has broken and I have to say the weather has been very nice the past couple of days.


i'm ready for warm weather

I can't wait to get these babies outside and in the ground, but it's way too early and our temps have just been so cold.  It's the middle of April and I'm still wearing my winter coat...UGH!  I am so ready for warmer weather.

Melons

Squashplant

Plantstand

I spied an owl hanging out in the back pines today.  At first I thought how neat, so I snapped a quick photo and I mean quick cause the photo came out a bit blurry.  But there was nothing neat about it, this owl was sitting there high up in the tree with it's eye on our hens and rooster who were in our yard free ranging for food.  I didn't figure it out until I spied the hens and rooster hiding under our lilac bush, so quickly we hurried outside to get them back into their run and coop area where they were safe.

Owl

The local nursery opened up for the season today and we headed over there before it got too crazy, we were the only ones in the nursery which was very nice.  We got exactly what we were wanting to get for our garden this year, more herbs, tomato and pepper plants.  We do grow a lot of our vegetables from seeds as well as the starter plants.

Nursery

I have a feeling that growing our own food and raising our own meat is going to be the norm for a lot of people.


eagle watching

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Eagle1

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We can say that almost everyday on our property we'll see an eagle sitting high in a tree, flying overhead, or on the ground eating something. In fact the day after we buried our Sadie girl there was an eagle circling just over her grave about 4 times, seeing that gave me goosebumps. These photos were taken from inside the house, I was afraid if I opened the front door the eagle would fly away.


springtime

Momandpop

A close-up of the eagles.

Two eagles

Dinner

Calving time

Amish plow

It's still looking pretty drab around here and I'm enjoying the blogs that are showing photos of the pretty flowers that are blooming in their areas...sigh...soon.  At times it doesn't even seem like spring has arrived at all, we've had the wood stove going a couple of nights ago.  Speaking of things arriving, we are expecting to get our meat birds on the 14th or 15th depending on when they arrive at the feed store, and we are ready.


eagles and sewing

We took a drive the other day out to Prairie du Chien and on the way out we went by the eagles nest.  This is actually a new nest that the eagles built, which is nice because I can get better shots of the new nest without having to walk along the field to get closer.

Eagles nest

Someone was home sitting on the nest, you can barely see it's head.

Eagle in nest

I ran up to the Dells to shop today, I fought the high winds that we had, and on the way back home I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things.  It always brings a smile to my face when I see a buggy at the hitching post and seeing a hitching post outside of stores around here is something I had never experienced until moving here.

Buggy

I found a wallet and an overnight bag pattern I've been wanting to make, so when I got home I made a pot of chicken vegetable soup and then headed to my sewing room to make the "Handy Wallet".  I found both the patterns in a magazine.  It's still pretty drab around here so I thought I would go outside of my box and pick brighter colors for the wallet and overnight bag which is called "The Weekender".

Wallet

Now that winter seems to be almost over and spring is just around the corner it feels so good to be getting out and about.


wild turkeys

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Wildturkeys

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Looking out the window towards the back of the house I spied a turkey walking through the pine trees.  On closer look I could see more of them, I believe there were 13 turkey's in all. 

This is what I love about living in Wisconsin, wildlife this close.


some visitors

I haven't fed the birds this winter, since we were going to be gone I quit feeding them late fall.

Blue jay

Cardinal 2

Junco

This next one is a new one to the feeder.  After searching my bird book and the internet I think I found what it was.

I think it's a Tufted Titmouse.

Unknown bird1

 It feels good to see my visitors back again.


this and that

I've been wanting to redo my bathroom.  Other than the outside wall which are logs, this is the only place in the house that I can paint and give color to.  I have wanted to either get a new bathroom cabinet or paint it with Annie Sloan paint, so I decided to paint it.  I want to replace the counter top, but right now that will have to wait.

Bathroom cabinet redo

This morning as the sun was coming up it really shined beautifully on the side yard.

Side yard sun

I finally got some window clings that will hopefully help the birds from flying into the window.  I picked maple leafs to put on the window.  So far we haven't had any causalities only stunned birds that after some time eventually flew away, and I want to keep it that way.

Leaf

So I have a couple of questions for you all.

Did you wear green today?

and

Did you have corned beef and cabbage?

 


a neat sight to see

This is my view every morning, but when I looked out this morning I spied something that is not usually there. 

Can you see it?

The view

It was a deer bedded down.

Bedding deer

We figure that deer bed down amongst the pines all the time we just have never seen it until now.

What a sight to wake up to.