Female Merganser Duck with babies! They all tried to jump on top of her and sunk her back side!
Getting the heck out there as they rounded the bend in the channel!
June 26, 2011 --The day started out sunny with a bit of a chill in the air. Now, the clouds have taken the Sun and hidden it from view. Mr. Wind is making that soulful sound of a weather change – as is sometimes heard in the fall and winter. At those times I cast my eye to the skies and smell the air for rain or snow.
The skies have turned to an overall light gray and it is spitting rain. Mr. Wind is rather cool and penetrating as he whips my hair around and tries to take the quonset door from my hands. I have just fed and watered my laying hens – and gathered fresh eggs. As I was cleaning the water tubs, the sounds of wind caught my immediate attention. I am thinking Summer is finally here, but the sound of Mr. Wind is not a summer sound at all. Maybe the sound is magnified by the quonset walls and the open areas that the wind can come in and sail right through or dash about inside the metal walls. But it is the "change in weather wind"!
As I come out, I hang on tight to the big metal door so it does not crash onto me!
I just spoke to my husband who is up on the north part of our ranch and he said it is “kind-a snowing” up there mixed with the rain. That part of the ranch/farm is another 500 feet up in elevation from the home place where I am.
Jessie, the young Brown Swiss milk cow, gave birth to a little red bull calf this morning –we were all hoping for a heifer (female) so it could grow up to be another milk cow. Jessie is very friendly and was a bum calf when Jason and Kara purchased her from a dairy heard of Brown Swiss cross dairy cattle (meaning a mixture of two breeds of cattle).
The other day when I was on our back lawn by the water channels I saw a type of duck that I had never seen before. It was a female Merganser with about nine or more little baby ducks swimming in the channel. I will post a picture or two of them. Pardon my rather out of focus pictures, I was trying to catch them as they sped away from me.
Have a great day and hope all is well where you are!