Saturday, June 6, 2015
B Day - Bees, Buckwheat and Bobcats
The Buckwheat is now really blooming. It has been showing white heads for the last week or so but until this morning I had not really seen any honey bees working the blooms. I guess it finally popped out enough for the girls to take notice and they were all over it this morning.
Now that I have the tiller issue resolved and since the useless old nag numbers are now low enough they no longer make full use of the pasture for grazing I am going to open up a new Buckwheat plot here in the next week or so.
This is a small open area on the edge of the woodlot I been letting grow. It is right next to the hives in the back of the property and should make an excellent spot for another Buckwheat plot. I will put a temporary fence around it to let the Buckwheat grow and then take it down before first frost to allow it to be grazed.
The last few weeks I have been noticing some new scat showing up on the path leading down to the back apiary. It really caught my attention because it was always right in the middle of the path I mow which is unusual. I first thought it was coyote droppings and paid little heed to it but every week or so a new pile would show up and always right in the middle of the mowed path.
Well yesterday morning just after dawn my son was out on one of his Mulberry forage expeditions and he came running back into the house to inform me he had just seen a Bobcat crouching down in the edible hedge. He described a Bobcat perfectly but honestly I have never seen one this far North in Missouri nor have I noticed any tracks for one around the Small-Hold. Of course tracks this time of year with everything covered in grass or weeds are pretty hard to find but it got me thinking about a few things.
Lately the outside dog has been going ballistic during the night but I can never figure out why. It isn't his standard deer or coyote bark but seems more urgent but when I check I can never find anything. I did a bit more research and discovered that Bobcats typically leave droppings in the middle of paths and roads to mark their territory and now I am wondering if we don't have a new resident around the place.
If so I am going to keep a close eye on this because a Bobcat would take down a lamb if it got the opportunity. As long as it sticks to controlling the local booming rabbit population I have no issue with it but lamb better never make it onto his or her menu. I am also thinking about putting up a couple of game cameras just to start keeping better track of what I have prowling around.
Ya just never know.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!