Springtime on the Homestead

Reader Contribution by Faithful Homesteader

Things are busy on our humble homestead this spring. We have a lot of wildlife that hang out at our place. We certainly have no shortage of birds, and quite a variety at that. The garden is off to a good start. I sure hope we end up with corn this year. The last few years, the corn has not done well.

One of our resident Blue Jays

We have a rabbit that has sure made itself at home on the homestead. My husband named it Fred. We enjoy watching it. My husband is just concerned that Fred will become too greedy when it comes to the garden. We will see how it goes.

We think this is an Inca Dove

We have seen a couple of new birds coming around. We noticed a different looking dove, and we think that it is an Inca Dove. My husband was fortunate enough to see a Baltimore Oriole, but I missed it. I sure was frustrated at that. I did see a bright yellow Finch. I hope it comes around again so that I can get a picture of it.

I love watching all the birds. The hummingbirds seem comfortable around us. We have the feeder right outside our backdoor. I get a kick out of watching the Blue Jays with their evening baths. I really hope that this year the garden will attract the Painted Bunting once again. I definitely want to get a good picture of that.

I like that we are able to attract a variety of butterflies. I also enjoy all the other critters that hang out like the lizards, frogs, and toads. I was so sad when one of the lizards was crushed by our garage door.

Of course, we also have our chickens and fish for added enjoyment. Right now, we are dealing with three broody chickens, but I think one may be at the end of her broodiness. Our two non-broody chickens seem to have bonded, since they were left on their own. I will be glad when the broodiness is over and we have our fresh eggs once again. In the meantime, I will enjoy the springtime and all the good things that it brings.

  • Published on May 8, 2017
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