Spotted a Spotted Sandpiper

I’m no ornithologist.  But I believe that the sandpipers that spend their summers in our neighborhood are Spotted Sandpipers. I found this nest while doing the morning cattle move.  The mother flopped and fluttered away when I approached, acting injured in order to draw me away from her eggs.  I’ve seen mallards do the same.  They put on a good show. Cattle don’t intentionally harm birds, but they sometimes step on nests or eat all the cover camouflaging the sites.  Despite their diminutive size, I’ve watched redwing blackbird pairs harass cattle enough to keep their… Read More

More Piglets

I’m far too busy to write a thoughtful or provocative blog post, so I’ll just show pictures of something everyone likes seeing:  piglets.

Feckless Fecundity

The month of May is bringing a surge to our farm.  The change was late in coming, but everywhere life is exploding.  Chicks and piglets are running all over.  Gravid cows and cats are swelling into their fulness.  All the indicator species that help us measure the health of a farm ecosystem are present in abundance, such as snakes in the brush, frogs in the streams, earthworms in the pastures, and dung beetles in (where else?) the dung.  Even animals we don’t favor so much, like rats, are experiencing population booms (much to the pleasure of… Read More