Weekend Wildlife

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As spring continues to warm, breathing life into the foliage and blossoms, the birds and other wildlife are becoming more active around the house.

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We spotted two types of birds that we’ve never before seen on the property, the Eastern Kingbird and the Eastern Phoebe, and even saw a coyote trotting down the side of the road early yesterday morning before it ducked into the trees surrounding our “logging” road.

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The Eastern Phoebe has taken up residence in the sheep barn, building her nest atop one of the lights in the rafters.  When she first moved in, she would fly out of the barn every morning and evening when I would approach to take care of the sheep.

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Now she just sits in her nest, like a little queen on her throne, and glares down at me as I move about mucking out the barn and cleaning water troughs.

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Nora also spotted the first hummingbird on Saturday (above), flitting between the partially opened alliums.  She also spent a half hour stalking our pair of tree swallows and captured some good shots (see below).

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