We were pulling the trailer through the gate to head down to the barn to load some cattle. Wrangler had just run up to me and J started hollering something. Since I was distracted with a horse it took a minute for me to figure out what he was wanting.
He said he had just seen this eagle chase a squirrel up a tree. You can just see his tail below the first branch on the right. And the eagle definitely has his eye on him.
I watched for a second before I remembered I had my camera in my pocket.
At first we thought it was a bald eagle, but after looking at the pictures I think it is a juvenile golden eagle. A pretty rare sighting for around here. (I don't think the squirrel made it)
Spring calving has just started here and we already have 2 sets of twins.
J didn't find this one until then next day and the mom wouldn't take her so now she is in the barn being bottle fed. I'm calling her squirt because she probably isn't over 50 pounds. But she is doing fine so far.
Then on Easter morning there was another set of twins. But even though the mom is taking both, J doesn't thing she will be able to raise them so I guess this afternoon we have to go kidnap one. So then I'll be feeding two in the barn. But this early in the calving season something is bound to go amiss and we will have two spares. Then if a cow loses a calf these will be ready for adoption.
It's been a busy week for Wrangler. Two different news vans showed up at the farm this week.
J couldn't find the camera for the second day. It was from WFXR 27.
Wrangler was a superstar both days.
He did get a little curious and wondered off once and chewed on the camera bag, but mostly he stayed on track.
Both stations were doing similar feel good stories although according to the comments on channel 7's facebook site, there were several people to whom the story did not have the desired effect. I really don't understand the mindset of people sometimes. Anyway, if you are interested here are the links. Channel 7 Channel 27
Up for sale is Fabio my mini stud. Very sweet gentle boy with flare. Comes to the gate. Always doing something Silly. Leads ties and loads. Stands to be groomed vet and farrier. Up to date on vaccinations but not on coggins. His person is too big to ride him and other daughters are not interested in riding.
This was the only picture. Is it showing that he come to the gate or is doing something silly or both? He looks like he could be such a cutie. Hope he can find a new person.
With the weather getting better J had time to do a little more than just feed this week.
Tuesday, I helped him with some fence in the horse field. As part of our developed spring, the spring head needs to stay fenced off. This was put in about 18 years ago and some of the posts had rotted off and others were pushed over.
It's a good thing more help showed up or we would never have finished. (Are you seeing the disgust in J's body language? I was suppose to be running the horses off, not taking pictures ;)
J's is a wiz at fence repair. Now maybe with the new boards and posts it will last another 18 years.
No, not a take off on Barry Manilow. I'm just talking about the bee's. It's always a worry about them making it through the winter. I think there is a saying about if they make it until the dandelions start blooming they will be ok.
Well, the dandelions are blooming and the bees look pretty vigorous.
I'm hoping to do better about putting the supers on at the right times instead of just one and leaving it until fall. From what I've read, I need to put the first one on about 2 weeks after the fruit trees start blooming, so probably around the first of April. Then we can add one every 2 - 3 weeks as long as they are drawing out comb and filling the last one. I think I would be pretty tickled to have just one extra super this year. Now that J has the bee suit maybe we can make that happen.
When we first built our house 17 years ago, it was in the middle of open pasture. I had no landscape plan. I would just go to Lowe's and buy whatever was on sale and try to find a place for it. Some things worked but others did not.
I thought this worked for awhile but have recently decided that it was probably not a good idea to plant holly bushes right against the foundation and siding with no room for the roots. I've worried they might start damaging the sidewalk too. My idea was for an espalier but it has been taking too much effort.
So now they are gone. There is so much else going on in the yard I don't think I will miss them. Over the Spring I will most likely be removing other trees and shrubs that have outgrown their usefulness.
On a different note, I had a fabulous ride on Otoelene Tuesday and when I got back I talked J into getting on her. I just wanted to share my joy with him. In the future I will try to hold my tongue and not give instruction. I'm not sure my joy translated to J.
This horse was advertised on a Facebook site and just said dun 2 year old, pictures on my Facebook page. So then I had to hunt through all her family pictures and recipes until I found these great photos.
Seriously people, do you think this will sell your horse?
What a difference a few days makes. March may have come in like a lamb but it sure didn't last long.
This is my current view from my kitchen window. Back down in the 20's and 30's with snow.
The nannies are due to start kidding at the end of the month so this guy has done his job and is ready to move on. I posted him on a facebook site and got lots of interest. Really got tired of "What's your bottom dollar?" Just make an offer if you don't want to pay what I'm asking and I'll take it or leave it.
Finally negotiated a sale so if all goes well he will be leaving for a new home and more work this weekend. It will save us from having to take him to the market.
And Wrangler is up to his 4th sale on Ebay! These black and white ones seem to be popular. This one is on its way to Illinois.
So of course, we were right back out in the barn painting another one.