Spring Arrival of Mountain Bluebirds…

The Mountain Bluebirds have arrived and with it so has spring!  On Sunday after church the kids along with their father built some bluebird boxes to put up around the farm.  Hopefully they will help entice more bluebirds to nest and hang around for the summer… _Z3A7907

 

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Their finished boxes!

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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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Hunting Christmas Trees…

Our family had such a great time a couple weekends ago, hunting Christmas trees and hanging out with some friends of ours while enjoying the snow…IMG_4427

Tug-of-war…

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Sled rides…

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Playing in the snow…

IMG_4541Looking and searching for that special tree…IMG_4438 IMG_4482

My husband with our bush of a tree, bigger around than it was tall…IMG_4499 IMG_4517 IMG_4527

Pulling our trees back to the vehicles…IMG_4537

Some of the kids put up trees in their rooms…IMG_4525-2

A little fire was built to help warm in the kids and cook supper…IMG_4545  IMG_4547

Jetboil apple cider to warm up with too…IMG_4548

Cutting hot dog roasting sticks…IMG_4549

Little Emma’s feet were wet and cold…IMG_4551

Roasting those hot dogs…IMG_4560 IMG_4567 IMG_4573-Edit IMG_4575

Emma’s new slippers!  A pair of gloves to keep her feet warm…IMG_4586 IMG_4590 IMG_4611 IMG_4616

Loading the tree up…IMG_4622

The beautiful misty, foggy sunset in the forest that evening…

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Awesome day spent with great friends…

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