Missing Photo of Wrong Tern
There is a lost bird on our farm. It looks just like one of the terns I see on Cape Cod. Perhaps it is a wrong turn. In any case it is now lost in the forest, screaming. This bird screams a lot. And loudly. On the beach they’re kind of cute, darting along the waves, swooping, strutting. They’re loud there too but there are many of them and you kind of tune them out. Up on the mountain this bird is very out of place. I’ve never seen or heard one of them here before. Maybe its on vacation. Heck, I enjoy visiting the ocean. I just wish it would go back to its job, soon. It is a very noisy neighbor. No silent spring this year. But then, it can’t really compete with the peepers in their seasons.
The missing photo is because this bird is too fast. And uncooperative. I’ve been trying to get its photo for weeks. I have lots of pictures of a grey blur on a white or blue sky background.
Hope Dances on Pond Stones
This evening we had a bonfire at the upper pond with our own hot dogs and smores. The trout were jumping, high! I hadn’t seen any rings for a few days and was worried. At one point there was a feeding frenzy as a whole lot of them hit the surface in one area. Very impressive.
Sow Over the Moon Reflected in Pond
As we were finishing up the bonfire we heard piglets being born in the top of the south field north paddock. Five sows look like they’re about to pop. Almost literally.
Woolf at the Door – Kavi waits outside the fire light
If you farm you have to deal with predators. Some of them sneak around slipping regulations and laws in the back door under the auspices of good intentions. If you haven’t picked this up on your radar yet, go read this article about NAIS listening sessions being held by the USDA around the country. More have been scheduled. Opposition is running about 92% against the USDA’s proposed mandatory National Animal Identification System (NAIS). They are also taking written comments. Here are mine. Now is your chance to speak up. We don’t need the government to require us to get permission to garden, raise livestock, farm or go about our lives. If less is more then a little government is way too much.
Outdoors: 68°F/33°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 71°F/69°F Bonfire, hot dogs, smores