Friday’s Farm Fotos

Here we are, another week come and gone.  And since, as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said,  “Art is long, and time is fleeting,” I guess it’s time to display some pictures (as close as I can come to art) from this past week of time down on the farm! 

Actually, it’s rather fowl around here these days.  There are two groups of guineas running around with keets.  The older group that started out with a couple dozen are now down to 9 half-grown keets.

The second group fared even worse.  They started out with 18 keets and now have 4.  Of course, the first group has 7 adults watching over their 9 keets, whereas the second group only has 2 adults looking after their 4 little ones.

Our Mama Peahen seems to be doing okay with her little peachicks.  Although I believe they think their mission in life is to give their mother a nervous breakdown.  (Hmmmm, sounds a lot like human kids, huh?)  They’re small enough to get through the fencing at the bottom of the aviary, and run around outside in the grass while the mother paces back and forth inside calling to them.  They ignore her until they’re good and ready to hop back over the bottom board and follow Mom around.  Like I said. reminds me of human kids!

Notice the cardinal in there with them?  I throw sunflower seeds on the ground for the peafowl, and the cardinals often come and help themselves.  We do seem to have a tendency to feed the wildlife around here, intentional or not!

We have the 4 surviving peachicks from the 10 that hatched in the incubators outside in their own pen for now.  I think one of them is going to be a peacock, which is good.  I only have one male peafowl right now, and he’s getting old.

This youngster fans those feathers and displays every time I give them fresh food and water.  He also has a propensity for pecking at me.  I hope that goes away!

Not all the hummingbirds have departed for points further south yet.  There’s at least 3 of them out there still fussing at each other.  They’re so territorial!

I like this picture because you can see her little tongue sticking out!  Ummm, that was good stuff!

The butterflies are enjoying the last days of summer also.  We still have several flitting around the butterfly bushes, enjoying the nectar.

It’s hard to get pictures of them sometimes, because like the hummingbirds, they don’t stay still very long!

Before you know it, they’re in flight again, and it’s hard to focus in and get a good shot!

Close by one of the butterfly bushes there’s another garden spider on the hunt.  This one has had HUGE success, having caught a cicada in her web.

Wow!  If you take into account her long legs, her prey is actually bigger than she is!  That ought to keep her pantry full for some time!

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  1. My how I enjoy your farm photos! You’ve got a lot of little Guineas now, what will you do with them all? We inadvertently feed a lot of the birds around here as I feed sunflower seeds as a supplement for the chickens. I don’t mind though, they don’t eat much. Your little peacock (hopefully) is looking pretty sure of himself isn’t he? I think they’re gorgeous but I’ll have to just enjoy yours. The last thing I need is a peacock on the roof calling at 3 a.m.! And WOW! what an awesome orb weaver!!! She got a WHOLE CICADA all to herself! I haven’t seen any big orb weavers like yours. I do have a good number of jumping spiders and wolf spiders though. I’m sure the chickens catch a lot of them, just like they catch everything else! Nice hummer photo. I think mine have all headed for Mexico. I haven’t seen them in about a week.

  2. Rural Writer says:

    Amy, thanks for your kind words about the pictures!

    As for the guineas, I think we’re going to sell some of them. We really don’t need to keep so many! And yes, dare I say it, but that little peacock sure is a cocky little guy. We don’t let our peafowl run loose just for the reason you mentioned… it’d be one thing on our roof at 3a.m., but the neighbors probably wouldn’t appreciate one on *their* roof screaming at who knows what hour. They do travel long distances.

    I’m not sure how much longer the hummers will stay around. Maybe they’re your hummers just stopping by on the way to Mexico! 😉

  3. I meant to ask, what do pea fowl like to eat? I know nothing about them!

  4. Rural Writer says:

    They’re related to pheasants, so more of a game bird feed kind of deal when feeding them. They’ll also eat corn, oats, dog food, and sunflower seeds. And they like to get to grass, and bugs. Failing that, throwing in some greens for them is good.

  5. Great pictures! Glad it looks like you’ll get a peacock out of the new bunch.
    I’m in central Texas and it seems that most of my hummers have moved on already. I only see one or two now. It’s early this far south.

  6. Rural Writer says:

    I’m surprised we still have some, since yours are gone. Maybe ours are just on their way to points further south.

  7. As always, love the pictures. That spider got a doozy there, huh? Hopefully that will last her awhile.

    Im still waiting to see a hummingbird at this house…..Im thinking not till next season now.

  8. Rural Writer says:

    Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

    Yes, I do believe Mizz Spidey’s larder ought to be well-stocked for a while.

    & you’re probably right about your hummers – if you haven’t seen them by now, probably next year. I keep thinking it’s about time ours will be leaving, but it has been pretty hot here, so guess they’re not in too big a hurry.

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