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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Goosey is just as curious about Dinky and wants to bite her.DSC_0859

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

MEET DOLLY ( AKA DOLLYWOOD )

Dolly is an orphaned calf that came to us from the neighboring farm.  She has to have milk twice a day which is mixed and fed to her in a bottle.  Dolly also gets a little grain every afternoon.
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Dolly loves her milk and she is always waiting for us to show up with the bottle.  You can see her watching for us always about the same time twice a day in the morning around 7 am or around 6 pm in the afternoon.  If you are late to feed her she will let you know.  You can hear her bawling wanting you to come and feed her.

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If you have noticed Dolly’s ears you can see that there is something strange about them.  Last winter she was born on a very cold day and her mother didn’t get her dried off when she was born. Mother cows lick their new born calves to dry them off right after they are born.

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Dolly’s ears were wet and they were frost bitten and the ends have died and shrunk up. This sometimes happens to baby calves when they are born in very cold weather.  It just makes her a little more special.

Leah

 

 

SPECIAL SIGHTS FROM THE FARM

Sharing with you some beautiful images of some of the special sites you will see at certain times of the year here on this beautiful farm in which I live.

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Calf enjoying a bit of grain.

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Humming Birds and Petunias on my back porch.

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Feshly picked tomatoes.

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A little yellow flower coming up in the old hand made well.

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Trumpeter Swans flying over the farm last winter.

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Buck the coon hound keeps watch late of an afternoon making sure no coyotes come around.

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Sunflowers in the late evening when the sun is going down.

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 A Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher flying above to rest in a tree.

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Maggie the coon hound swimming in the pond.

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The Diana Fritillary butterfly which was designated the official butterfly of Arkansas in 2007.

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RED TAILED HAWK resting in a tree in my back yard.    

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The Buckeye Butterfly with it’s eye spots on it’s wings to help protect them against inexperienced birds.

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Female Downy Woodpecker on a dead tree top in the backyard.

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Old horse drawn seed planting machine.

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Ducks flying off of a pond last winter.

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Bald face hereford calf looking through the briar bushes trying to hide.

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Old barn at the adjoining farm.

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Beautiful firey sunsets…

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along with a cold front.

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Wild hog rubs on the trunk of a tree.

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Beautiful thunderheads.

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Lovely hydrangeas.

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Yellow wild flowers.

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Buck and Maggie walking down the road that borders the farm.

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Dinky enjoying a watermelon.

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A yellow moon.

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Round bales of hay just freshly bailed.

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Dinky and the old barn.

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Trumeter Swans on the pond.

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A special Canadian Goose.

 

I hope you have enjoyed just a random variety of a few photos I have taken in the past year. Just part of my online journal.

 

Leah

 

 

SUNFLOWERS SAY SUMMER

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I realize that it wasn’t long ago that I posted about my sunflowers but I have to say that i just can’t get enough of these beauties.  If you missed my first post on sunflowers you may find it HERE .  Enjoy!



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Sunflowers make me HAPPY!

LEAH



 

LITTLE GOSLING – Growing Up

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If you missed my first post about the little gosling you may catch up HERE .  I have never seen anything grow as fast as this little bird.  I can understand if they didn’t grow fast something would catch them and they wouldn’t survive.

You can see little blue quills starting to show at its wing tips and it’s color is getting darker each day.

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It’s down looks really shabby and in patches all over it’s body.

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Small feathers are begining to sprout to form a tail and wings.

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An amazing little bird.

Nigh Night

Leah

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