HIDING IN THE GRASS

A white face and big black ears!   Looking for this little fellow was a challenge. He was hid in the tall grass and wasn’t going to move.

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A new black baldy laying very still so he wouldn’t be discovered.  Most cattle hide their new born calves for a couple of days or keep them away from the main herd until it is strong enough to interact.

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Mom must be off eating and socializing with the rest of the herd.

Spotted by another cow,  The newborn calf lays very still and motionless.

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It could be a while before mom comes back to check on the calf.  Until then, this is where he will stay waiting and not moving for hours.

 

Leah

NEW BABY

A New Black Baldy was born on the farm today. Isn’t he pretty?!  Black Baldy is a type of crossbreed beef cattle that is produced by crossing Hereford cattle with a solid black breed. A white face with a black body.

 

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Beautiful!!

Leah

 

 

BUTTERFLIES

A few butterflies that I had the opportunity to take a few pictures of one evening.  Hope you enjoy!

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SUMMER ON THE FARM

Sharing a few randon photos of farm life.  Enjoy!

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Antique steel wheel

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An old tractor

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Arkansas state butterfly Diana Fritillary

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Momma and her daughter

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Charolias cattle on the pond

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Beautiful Sunrises

 

 

 

 

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Mockingbird

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Great Blue Heron

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Buck the Coonhound

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Maggie the Coonhound

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Dragon Fly

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Coyote

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Black Eyed Susan wildflower

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Cattle on the farm

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Charolais cattle

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Wild hog trap

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Wild hog track in the mud

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Beautiful Calves

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Getting a little breakfast

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Cattle on the farm

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Calves enjoyng the fresh green grass

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Peppers

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Crepe Myrtle

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Old Hoosier seat from a horse drawn planter

PLAYING IN THE HAY

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Oh wow that was great!

 

 

GREAT BLUE HERON

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I have been trying for a long time to get a decent photo of one of the many Great Blue Heron here on the farm. These birds are so wild that you have to have a really good zoom lens to even get a good shot.  I was pretty happy with these.  I hope you enjoy.

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The Great Blue Heron is the most widespread Heron in the United States. Not a very pretty bird with shaggy feathers.

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They have long legs, wings, body and neck with a bill made for catching fish , frogs and other small animals from ponds, rivers and lakes.

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They normally stab their prey with their sharp bill and swallow their meal whole.

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The Great Blue Heron.  One of the many wild birds protected by state and federal laws.  However there are ways to protect your ponds and fish from these birds.  Read about the many suggestions here.  (IN.GOV.com)

Leah

DINKY & THE GOOSE

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These two just love each other.  Dinky is so curious about Goosey  and she wants to play with it so bad.

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Country living!

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Canadian Geese are special animals and I have so enjoyed watching this one grow.

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Goosey loves the sunflowers.

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Check back often to see how this little goose is doing.

Leah

 

 

 

FIRST TRIP TO THE POND

 

 

On it’s first trip to the pond,  Goosey was slow about wanting to just jump right in. With a little help it took to the water and swam.

Goslings can swim and dive one to two days after they hatch and really love the water.

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Big web feet not only help them swim but help to keep them warm during cold weather.  They curl their back legs up under their wings for warmth.

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Life is good!  Taking to the water and swimming is a natural instinct for a Canadian Goose.

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So proud of himself.  🙂

 

LEARNING TO FLY

At ten weeks old the former little gosling has grown up enough to try to fly.  Each day it gets better and better and the distance it can fly gets further and further.

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It’s white cheek strap or chin strap has become more prominent,  and it’s head has turned black.

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All of it’s beautiful feathers have came in and long black tail feathers are full and long.

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The wing span is now over four feet.

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I have so enjoyed watching this little goose grow and change everyday.

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When the seasons start to change and you hear the sound overhead of geese flying south,  the little goose may head south.  Until that day I will continue to enjoy one of God’s special little birds – The Canadian Goose.

Leah

THE GOSLING ….Continued

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Over a period of a month and a few weeks this little bird has really grown up. The down feathers that was covering it’s body is only in patches now.

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It’s wing feathers are developing from blue quills.  Canadian geese can fly around three months old. They love grass and can’t seem to get enough.

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There is really no way to tell if it is a male or female.  Canadian Geese all the look the same except the males are slightly bigger in size.

It’s neck is turning darker and growing much longer.  Also the white stripe that all Canadian Geese have on their checks has began to be more noticeable everyday.

If you missed reading the first posts about the little gosling you may catch up here at The Gosling and The Little Gosling – Growing Up.

Check back again soon to see how this little bird is transforming into an adult Canadian Goose.

Leah