Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.


Posted on | July 5, 2011 | 2 Comments

The local planetarium held a special event to celebrate pollinators.  It was educational.  Outdoors.  And free. The trifecta of summer fun.

So we went and looked at pollinators.

(Can you believe how nasty Japanese beetles are?  As if they aren’t nasty enough they have to be doing the nasty in public.  JB’s are just so…N.A.S.T.Y.)

We made some of our own pollinators.

Then we admired all the beautiful flowers that pollinators help to pollinate.

We were even given some flowers to take home and plant.

But best of all, as we strolled through the arboretum, we spotted a pair of barred owls low in the tree branches.

Now normally when we see an owl, it is followed shortly thereafter by the sight of a headless duck or chicken on the ground.  Owls are famous (infamous?) for taking just the head and neck of poultry and waterfowl in a kill.  It’s gruesome.  And almost as creepy as the way they appear to turn their heads all the way around.  Plus, they stare.  I mean, really STARE at you.  Brrrrr.

But not today.  Today these owls were far far away from my hen house.  And they appeared to be hunting squirrels.

Who loves to see an owl living 30 miles away from the farm?  Who?  Who?


2 Responses to “Pollination”

  1. Liz (Vic Aust.)
    July 6th, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    A proper live stock guardian dog [LGD} would keep birds of prey and any other problem animal away from your birds and any livestock. They are also wonderful family / general farm dogs. Here in Australia they even look after a fairy Penguin colony.
    Have a look at the library of I currently have Maremma (Italian) and have had Pyrenean Mt. dogs in past. Just 2 types of LGDS there are many more. Thanks for a fun blog.

  2. Morehead Planetarium
    July 28th, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Great photography! We’ve posted a link to your blog on our FB page so others can enjoy it, too.

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