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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rural Thursday ~ Calves, Woodpeckers & Owls

What a combination...calves and birds huh?

The mother cows and the yearling needed to be wormed and vaccinated, so we ran them through the squeeze chute. As usual, they were none too happy. But, they're done for the year!

The old squeeze's old, but still works good enough for us!

The process didn't bother Paddy or week old calves, it's all about the milk!

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp
Tumbleweed has plenty of milk to keep her satisfied.
Her momma, Annabelle, is 1/2 Jersey.

Paddy and Tumbleweed are too young, but in about 3 weeks we'll get them vaccinated and branded.

The weather was fairly nice for a couple of days. After the busy day with the cows and other chores, I took some time to sit on the deck...first time this year to sit on the deck. My Man and I have two favorite spots to sit and chat...winter time it's the wood stove...summer time it's the deck. I've had plenty of "stove time"...I'm ready for "deck time"!!

As I sat, I spied these two Northern Flickers in an Elm tree. They're pretty, but I do hope they migrate on through...destructive lil' buggers!

Pair of Northern Flickers
Northern Flickers...yes, there's is quite camouflaged.

On the Great Horned Owl front, momma is sitting on the nest...I'm thinking that by now the eggs should have hatched. But, it will be a little while before the lil' ones start peeking out over the edge.

Momma owl sitting on the nest.

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Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love Mama Owl up there watching over the world :-) The Flicker bird looks neat too!

camp and cottage living said...

Wow, I loved seeing the wildlife you have on your ranch.
I live on Lake Superior, so your life is so vastly different than mine. Isn't that the great thing about blogland-you can learn all about someones lifestyle that you never would have otherwise!

Candy C. said...

Love your old squeeze chute, much nicer than pipe. Little Tumbleweed looks very content! :)
The Flickers are very pretty, I've never seen them before! The owl nest in the rocks is just too cool!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! I love the combination of critters. I really miss my great horned owl. It was fun watching the babies grow last year.

Linda said...

What a wonderful assortment today! I love the flicker...didn't know much about them, so didn't know they were destructive...just pretty!

Shirley said...

You could put some of your bird pictures up this Sunday for the Sunday Stills challenge- it's all about birds. Neat shot of the Flickers, we get them here too.

Nancy Claeys said...

Spectacular bird shots -- especially the flickers, although they are bad birds. :)

Susan said...

I like flickers, but their other name, sap suckers says it all.

heyBJK said...

Love the Flicker and owl shots! That chute photo is wonderful, too! Great perspective!

Sarah said...

I know those woodpeckers can be destructive, but they sure are pretty! We drove through Burns last Saturday and I enjoyed seeing all the geese and ducks and even a small group of swans. Didn't have time to stop, so I didn't disturb you and Jon, but every time we're in the vicinity I think of y'all. You sure do live in a peaceful and beautiful setting! I'd be spending a lot of time on the porch too if I lived there!

Anonymous said...

Love your Flickers. We have the yellow-shafted ones hers.
How exciting to have the owls' nest nearby to observe.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Love love love your owls. What do the flickers do?

Ed said...

Fantastic Flicker shot, hope you saved some for Sunday Stills..:-)

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