Monday, February 17, 2014

Feeding Time Before Another Storm!

Off To Feed The Wild Rose Farm Ewes, But Let's Zoom On The Bird Feeder!
It's late afternoon feeding time for all of the animals on the farm ..... first the dogs, the cats, the donkey, the sheep, and then the birds.  Now zoom in & look at all of the activity before the next front moves in.  The forecast is for high winds & another 2-4 inches of snow overnight!
Five Different Types of Birds At The Feeder .......
The birds were all flocking around the feeders .........

Now Add A Woodpecker......

And Another Woodpecker .....
You can pull out your birding books and have fun identifying the birds.  There were also mourning doves on the ground picking up seeds.  We counted a dozen male cardinals and as many or more females.  The only common birds that weren't around this afternoon were the blue jays .... must have been annoying the birds at another feeder!   

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mid Winter Snow Continues!

Wild Rose Farm Barn Through Streambank River Birch
On our way over to the afternoon sheep feeding, I turned back & got this angle of the barn.  If you enlarge the picture, you can see Frank, one of the Redbone coonhounds, on the far left standing up and watching us!  I've said it before, but you can't sneak up on the farm with that watchful kennel of hounds.
WRF Ewes At Feeding Time
The sheep really aren't doing anything at this time of year, but they are frisky in the cold weather.  The crust on the snow keeps them on paths between their hay in the loafing shed, the feed bunks for corn, and the spring water tank. 
"U" Shows Us The PathTo The H2O Tank!
Once the snow softens, the sheep will wander around more in the paddock.  But for now .... we stay to the path!

Wild Rose Farm Ewes - Watching & Waiting - "Where's The Corn?"

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snuggled In For A Nap!

Who's That Taking Advantage of A Snug Nest?
Left to their own devices, the animals all find a way to be comfortable in the cold weather.  Of course, the sheep go in and out of the buildings at will.  The ewe above was on her way out the door when I snapped this picture.  I went into the barn to check the water buckets and something in the hollowed out middle of the round bale caught my eye! 
Morris Quite Comfortably Napping!
The sheep munched out a nice spot for Morris, our fluffy orange barn cat.  He was nice & toasty and showed no inclination to come out to be petted.  He appeared at Wild Rose Farm as a tom cat several years ago & you couldn't touch him ...... we called him Morris for obvious reasons.  Orange & grumpy.  We did finally get him "fixed" and he's now a fairly friendly fellow.