Going for a Dip…

Wood Ducks are one my favorites!  I was so excited when we spotted this guy…IMG_5808 IMG_5810 IMG_5811 IMG_5812 IMG_5816 IMG_5822 IMG_5823 IMG_5824

Cool Facts

  • Natural cavities for nesting are scarce, and the Wood Duck readily uses nest boxes provided for it. If nest boxes are placed too close together, many females lay eggs in the nests of other females.
  • The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times over a mile away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of over 50 feet without injury.
  • Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most birds arriving at the breeding grounds in the spring are already paired. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.
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Barrow’s Goldeneye…

On a hike by Fishercap Lake in Many Glaciers…IMG_0131IMG_0120

We spotted a few female (what we believe to be ) Barrow’s Goldeneye…IMG_0097

They ended up getting a bit too close together and duck decided she didn’t want the other around…IMG_0093-Edit IMG_0092-Edit IMG_0091-Edit IMG_0090-Edit IMG_0089-Edit

And chased the other one away!IMG_0088-Edit

Cool Facts

  • The Barrow’s Goldeneye is rather long-lived for a duck, with one individual reaching 18 years of age. Most females do not breed until they are three years old.
  • Like the Common Goldeneye, the Barrow’s Goldeneye is not too particular about holding on to its own offspring. A female may lay eggs in the nest of another goldeneye or other species of cavity-nesting duck. Once the ducklings come out of the nest, the broods of different females often come together and are taken care of by a single female. The young ducklings are highly independent, feeding on their own, and require little parental care.
  • For a species with such widely separated populations, it is perhaps surprising that the Barrow’s Goldeneye shows little variation from place to place. Those breeding in North America are essentially identical on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Female Barrow’s Goldeneyes breeding in Iceland do not get as extensively yellow bills as the North American birds, but have only a yellow or orangish band on the outer third of the otherwise dusky bill.

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Friday Farm Daze…

Another very busy week here…

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Eggs in a lambing jug…

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A very cute Fleur…

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Handsome Draumer…

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Keeping a watchful eye…

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Birch and Sam…

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Iris

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Very close, I hope, to lambing…

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Part Border Collie, part lamb…little Charlie loves to chase the chickens.

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Proud Mama, Drifa!

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Drifa with her ram lamb Finn, and ewe lamb Fern.

Finn, was the first to arrive and had a perfect delivery.  Little Fern was the last to make her appearance. Her front feet were coming out but no head. She had it way off to the side and twisted back. At 2 am I was convinced this was a headless lamb… I was about to give up fishing for it when it last I caught hold of it. It took several more minutes trying to align it correctly and finally pull her out. She span right to life and got busy looking for something to eat!

Drifa is such a good mamma. She was holding perfectly still while letting little Finn nurse and was licking little Fern off right after she was born. Fern, while trying to figure out her legs kept going backwards and Drifa would stretch her neck a little further and keep cleaning and holding perfectly still!

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The chicken stomper, Miss Freckles! Poor henny was just trying to find a spot to lay eggs, she decided that next Freckles baby was not the spot!

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Eking closer!

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Mr Flint…

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Adorable Miss Freya…

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A happy Thor dog…

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Snoozing

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Snuggling…

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The boys delivering eggs…

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Peaceful…

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The sun came out for a brief moment.

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Mother and last year’s daughter…

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The miracle of birth (Do you see the tiny hooves making their appearance?)

Friday Farm Daze…

Another busy week on the farm.  We are getting ready for the first of the Icelandic lambs to be delivered which always means that we are busy.

Here are some pictures that I got of Reykur, one of Icelandic rams this week…

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Garrett found a lucky horseshoe while helping me check fence…

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And we found a rusty bucket..

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The rooster crossed the….

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The sheds and hoop houses are set up and we will make 10 jugs in here…

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Which is a good thing because little Charlie decided to join us today…

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Little Charlie is Tori’s lamb…P4050451 P4050453

And we should have more soon…

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Spring is growing…

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Hens are hiding eggs…

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Ducks are hanging out…

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Cloudy days…

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Splish, Splash…

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Spring has sprung and it the worst of it is here!  The muddy, icky mess.  It wouldn’t be as bad if it weren’t for the 4 dogs that come and go as they please or the 8 kids that love to play in the soupy madness!!  😉  Ah-well, this too shall pass.  At least the ducks don’t seem to mind… P3028913

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Chore time…

A little this and that from the farm this week…

Vaka

Ole Red…

Vaka, doing her job protecting the cows.

A few of the ewes hanging out chewing their cud.

Mark moving a bunch of icky bottom bales so they will compost down.

Some of our meat lambs, wondering whats going on…

We had scary vampires too!

The rooster crowing…

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One of our Icelandic roosters.

Copper Maran hen…

Headed back to the coop…

Waiting patiently….

Racing round and round…

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Quakers…

Dande and Lion posing in the flowers…

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any current pictures of the baby ducks that we picked up in April.  Well, here they are all grown up and we’re even getting some eggs from them!

 

 

Maddie’s Cayuga duck, Cay showing off it’s brilliant green head.

 

The gang on the move!

 

Dande playing in the sprinkler.

 

Teigen’s duck, Flapper…

 

I love how the droplets of water run down Cay’s back.

 

Bleu and Lion

 

Swedie being ducky…

 

 

Kwacky, the Khaki Campbell…

 

 

 

Feels good…

 

Feels sooo good!

 

See ya later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank’s addiction…

Frank, our lovable Border Collie, whom is perhaps a bit OCD.  He spends everyday racing around the outsides of the pasture, just hoping to be put to work.  He could spend ALLLLL day long herding and circling and herding and circling sheep

and now his favorite thing to do is…

Frank keeping an eye on the ducks.

Crazy dog!

He has no interest in chasing them or eating them, just keeping them in a nice little bunch not too spread out.  He never gets too aggressive and seems to keep enough space between himself and his little herd to let them graze and do other duck things.

Checking out a lamb

Boy, oh boy is this fun!

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