The Canada Geese were up here in the yards yesterday (Aug. 9, 2012). The Canada Geese just seemed to be everywhere. They were under the bird feeder just at the front porch, they were in the back yard up against the house, they were in the back pasture and in the side pasture, and of course, in the pond. I counted thirty-nine geese here at the same time!
The geese usually stay in the cow pasture across the pond, but they must have wanted to explore the greenery over here today. They even called some of their friends to join the party! The geese love eating fresh tender grass. There is new grass around because we have been having a lot of rain in recent days. The land is greening up! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
There is a small flock of Mourning Doves that lives in the trees and shrubbery here at the little farm. Usually they walk around the grass or the gravel driveway looking around for seeds and nuts and fruits to eat. We do keep a rather wild area of native plants and weeds so that many birds can nest and obtain wild food. That area also provides cover for shy birds and small animals. The Doves make a nice soft cooing sound and are pleasant to have around here. The interesting thing is the noise that their feathers make when they take off in flight. It is a swooshing sound.
The doves like to perch on the electric lines and also on bare limbs of the trees. Of course, these doves do know about the bird feeder here. The thing is that they can’t seem to use the feeder due to their larger size. Sometimes, I’ll see a dove on the porch rail looking downward at the feeder. They do camp out underneath the feeder at times, hoping for a bit of grain to fall their way. Once in awhile, the medium-sized birds also perch on the car for a moment! I took these pictures in my yard several days ago. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These three Red-Headed Woodpeckers were flying around the yard here on May 24, 2012 in the late afternoon. I think one must have been a female and the other two males but it is quite hard to tell which gender these birds are since both males and females look pretty-much alike. The birds were either on the electric pole or up in the crown of one of the Oaks that is next to the pond. They seemed to be agitated to a degree. That same Oak was where the Great Blue Heron recently perched. The dead top of that tree is a popular place for the birds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
The family of Canada Geese is doing just fine here on the little farm pond and around the grassy pastures here. The seven goslings are two weeks old and are growing a lot. They are beginning to look a lot more like geese then they had earlier when they were little yellow fluff-balls. The Canada Geese eat grass and certain tender plants as well as some of the grains. They are content here eating the grass. The goslings have been out on the pond several times a day with the parents. At least one adult is always with the goslings. The Canada Geese are devoted parents. The goslings won’t fly until they are between three and four months of age. I have enjoyed seeing the babies here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are some more pictures of the resident Red-Headed Woodpecker that I took yesterday. The bird has learned to use the bird feeder and comes for seed at least once a day. I have decided that Red-Headed Woodpeckers like wooden electric poles. I have seen many woodpeckers on the tall poles. They must get a lot of sound out of pecking on the hard wood. As long as the bird does not damage the pole or the electric equipment, I am not unhappy to let the birds perch on the pole.
I believe that the=re are several Red-Headed Woodpeckers around here. There may be several of these birds in the fringe of hardwood forest that is South of my home at the street. I am quite pleased each time I see the woodpeckers. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Brown Thrasher was up on a dead tree located in the woodlands in what I refer to as the gulch area a few days ago. I was taking pictures of the Baltimore Oriole that was nearby and saw this Brown Thrasher. This was the first Brown Thrasher I have seen here at the little farm. These are medium-sized birds that are approximately the same size as a Mockingbird. Their color is a rusty brown on the back and head and a buff with brown streaks on the underside of the wings and on their chest. The Brown Thrasher has a stout pointed bill. They hunt for insects on the ground in ditches and in woodland areas. I have only seen a few of these birds ever. They are shy birds. I was glad to get the pictures. I took these pictures on May 5, 2012 late in the afternoon from my driveway at the street here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!