Today as I was washing dishes, I looked out the window to see a bluebird perched on the handle of the hand pump. So I grabbed my camera and started trying to get pics. Of course they see my movement inside the house so I got a comfortable spot and tried not to move and got a few decent shots. Not bad since they were taken through a window smudged with dog snot and slobber :).
There were quite a few of them actually, quite surprising to see so many at one time. We'd put out some new seed so that must have brought them in. I think the second & third picture is a female as its coloring wasn't quite as vivid as some of the others. They're actually most striking when they take off as that blue of their wings is really revealed. Such a pretty bird!
Then I started watching the birds on the feeders and oh my there are always a wonderful variety around here. The usual ones, blue jays (man they're big!), cardinals and some little birds we don't know what they are but they're pretty. We've even got several woodpeckers around so I got my coat on, went out and tried to get a few pictures of them too.
|Female cardinal and one of those little birds we don't know.|
|The woodpeckers love this bird feeder!|
|What'chu lookin at??|
|Eve in the kitchen with Sophie when she was just a few days old|
We're trying to schedule our first shearing (12 bred ewes) one of the last 2 weekends in Feb or first weekend in March. Second shearing (the remaining 32) will be a month or so later.
Lambing should begin around March 22nd and we're taking bets on who's first. Bridget and I sorta have the advantage since we were in our lawn chairs watching when we let Teddy in with the girls :). Hey we're not perverted, just curious!! Anyway, our bet goes with Aliza and second bet is if she'll have triplets again. Lets just say she's sure lookin' like trips right now!
If you're interested in helping out on shearing day or want to come out during lambing, just give me a hollar. It can be kinda icky out here that time of year, snow melting and spring rains = mud. Sometimes its not so bad but last year lambing was pretty messy. So if you do come, wear boots and old clothes because you will get dirty! Its always fun though so hope you can make it out!