Happenings

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2012

Congratulations to Maggie, the first Shetland ewe to lamb on the farm this year. She gave birth to twin ram lambs March 16th.  The next three lambs were born on Easter Sunday. As of May 1st, the farm has eight lambs.

March 7th: mourning cloak butterfly
March 7th and 9th: adult bald eagle was spotted flying above the river
March 11th: A peregrine falcon checked out the chickens from atop a tall locust tree
March 18th: northern harrier checking out the chickens, Mourning cloak butterfly
April 10th: bluebirds and barn swallows arrive back on the farm
April 30th: orioles return
May 1st: farm chicks hatch
May 7th: three little pigs arrive
May 11th: bats seen flying after dusk
May 12th: chicks are moved to outdoor brooder

Week of May 20th
Birds on the farm right now: great crested flycatcher, yellow billed cuckoo, cedar waxwing, rose breasted grosbeak, wood pewee, wood thrush, blue winged warbler, common yellow throat, yellow warbler, warbling vireo

Week of May 27th
The clear-winged sphinx moth feeds in the fields during the day and the marsh wrens are singing at night. The snapping turtles are nesting on the property. The chicks hatched a day early and another clutch was set in the incubator, due June 19th.

Week of June 3rd
Fireflies were spotted in the fields June 7th, the blue jays from the birch tree nest fledged, snapping turtles continued to migrate up the banks from the river to nest on the property, and a beautiful double rainbow was seen over the farm.

Week of July 8th
Cicadas have emerged, the short eared owl prowls the farm at night, the barn swallows flurry overhead while the fields are mowed, brown thrashers have come out of hiding, the calls of the eastern wood pewee and the wood thrush haunt the woodlands of the river valley, wildlife abounds on the farm.

Week of September 24th
Autumn is coming, so beware of the baseball-sized black walnut bombs! Birds found on the farm: nighthawks, cedar waxwings, phoebes, and lots of raptors on their migrations including bald eagles, kestrels, harriers, merlins, coopers hawks, and goshawks with some of them taking aim at the chickens! With hawk pressure and the start of the molt season (feather shedding), egg production is low.

Week of December 23rd
With the pullets (young hens) starting to lay, hens finishing their feather molts, and predator pressure lowered, egg production is picking back up again! Yes, even during the darkest days of the year. The bluebirds show up on any mild day to hunt for insects, but seem to be hanging around even on the coldest days –time to install nest boxes!!