Red Tailed Hawk Soaring
It was a windy day as this spy flew gracefully over our farm, rising up from the marsh pines on thermals, across the south field and down the valley. We see hawks time to time. They watch the chickens. The rooster and dogs watch the hawk. I’ve never seen the hawks come down. I enjoy seeing the big birds soaring, up in the sky. A few weeks ago we saw an adult bald eagle over by the Connecticut River along I-91.
There is a raven in the valley who has a big permanent bite out of the middle of its left wing. I suspect the injury is a memento from Kita’s raven baiting. The raven, apparently, hasn’t fallen for her tricks again. Interestingly, while Kita detests ravens I have read reports that wolves and ravens work cooperatively in the wild. Perhaps the difference is here they’re invading her farm and she’s protecting her livestock. Who was where first is a moot point so the war goes on.
We had snow falling gently this morning. The ground is still warm so it will melt away in short time. This is not unusually early for snow although this year, just a few days ago, was unusually late for the first frost. Amazingly, the tomatoes in their sheltered south east hillside location by the upper whey tank soldier on although the tomatillos and pumpkins in more exposed locations have given up the ghost for the year.
Outdoors: 48°F/26°F 3/4″ Rain + 1/8″ Snow at night
Farm House: 65°F/55°F Put out one Round Hay bale
Tiny Cottage: 58°F/55°F