Three flickers, with their bright red heads, searched in the grass for food. One of them must have decided he was the boss, because he continued to fly quickly at one of the others, just, I suppose to point out that he was the big guy. Just as one flicker had started pecking, a flock of geese flew over towards the big pond across the road, to find their morning food. The big guy flicker made me laugh, as he stopped hunting, stood perfectly still, and watched those geese. Well, I really don’t know about his geese-watching, but it makes a good story!
Soon a light bluish-gray nut hatch joined the smaller birds, flitting down to the food, and then rising rapidly to the trees. I always enjoy watching those birds as they check out the trunks with their head facing downward.
A very exciting encounter with a big bird came came last week. Well, not an encounter really, but a good sighting. As I was looking out at the row of clematis on the fence, I saw a huge bird flying along out to the pond area, and back at the end of our property behind the barn. As it flew a little closer, I was delighted to see the white head of a bald eagle! First time in a long time. And wouldn’t you know? Later in the day Dale announced that the very large bird with the white or bald head that was just flying across the pasture in the other direction was an eagle. I hadn’t told him earlier that I had seen one because he might think I wasn’t very smart. However, when he saw one, I announced that I had also seen one just that morning.
We will never cease to appreciate so many different kinds of wildlife that we see from day to day on these 18 acres. Only the Creator of all things in nature could be responsible for giving us such beauty and wisdom. – CHRIS