Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Spring Signs in the Sky
While I was out filling the water tanks this weekend I watched our resident bald eagle take wing from his perch down in the back pasture. My guess is this will be the last time I see him for a while as his flight seemed to have a purpose very different from all the others I have watched him take this Winter.
His head is now almost completely white so he is reaching adulthood and before too much time had passed he joined another baldy and they flew off to the Southwest together. Haven't seen him since.
Then yesterday I noticed another familiar silhouette gliding across the sky that hasn't been around in a few months. The return of the Turkey Vultures.
I never noticed these large ugly carrion birds migrated until a few Winters ago because I just never paid them any attention. Not that I especially pay much attention to them now either but I do make it a point to watch for them landing on the property these days. If they land that usually means there is something dead and I kinda like to know if they have found remains I need to be aware of. Last Summer they really started to take an interest in the old nags and although I really wanted to feed em that buffet the vultures are going to have to wait a bit longer yet.
The return of the vultures were not the only feathered signs we had this week though. Several pairs of Bluebirds have been seen picking out boxes and the night sky is filled with snow geese sounds as they fly over. The Redtailed hawks are now returning to their warm weather lookout spots as the eagles leave. My guess is that the Redtails move into the denser wooded areas when the eagles come in and claim the good spots during the Winter as I have not read that the Redtails migrate. They do almost disappear out in the open though.
As far as our domestic birds go the warmer sunny days have boosted egg production with the hens. We fell to an average of about 9 to 10 eggs a day when it was colder but jumped back up to 15 the last two days.
If the birds are any sure sign looks like we may be getting that early Spring the ground hog said we were.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!