February 20, 2013 Farm News

This has been a very cold and windy week or at least it has seemed so but we are now moving into the final week of February so we can expect that within two to three weeks the weather will begin to change for the better and that we will have many more days up to plus 10 degres and a whole lot fewer days or nights down to minus 5. It should soon be maple syrup time which of course means warm sunny days and frozen nights. It will be interesting to see if we follow the pattern of the past few years and go from winter to spring within a matter of a couple of weeks  (with some set backs to be sure). That sort of change makes for a shortened maple syrup season.

Aerron has seen the Eagles several times over the past two weeks, after more than a month with no sightings at all. About three weeks ago Aerron saw a Great Blue Heron standing in the pasture on the spot in the snow where the cow’s hay had been. Maybe he thought it a pond, anyway he caught no fish there that we know about. I have heard that the Blue Heron has overwintered in very small numbers in Ontario in recent years but this was the first one that we have seen. What a change, in the spring and summer we see far more of the Blue Heron than even 10 years ago. Then it was seen but only singly and occasionally whereas now we see them nearly daily often two or three at a time and sometimes as many as 5 at a time. There is I am told, a heronry just upriver from us about two miles, maybe that’s new and maybe accounts for the increased sightings. There have been sightings across the road from us of at least three Gray Partridge. These birds were quite common in this area for a long while (they are a species introduced from Europe probably 125 to 150 years ago). We would see them quite often, up to a dozen maybe more at a time, and more often would hear the cocks calling even though we would not actually see any birds. It has been nearly three years since I have last seen a Gray Partridge and two years in March since I have heard one. Habitat loss is probably the main culprit in their decline though Coyote predation could be a factor. I am just guessing here though.

Here are a few photos that were all taken early in this morning. I think that I am getting to understand how to get the photos up the way I want them. Keep watching for new changes to the pages on our website here, such as our 2013 brochure.

Kitties sleping in a box. Sometimes five of them will cram themselves in there.

Kitties sleping in a box. Sometimes five of them will cram themselves in there.

Marie horse and the maple tree early in the morning.

Marie horse and the maple tree early in the morning.

Wimpy horse at about the same time, out of the wind, just waiting.

Wimpy horse at about the same time, out of the wind, just waiting.

The whole team , cold and windy this morning, breakfast is coming soon.

The whole team , cold and windy this morning, breakfast is coming soon.

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