I admit I have a problem watching our birds at the feeder. It does cut into my laundry, cleaning and chore time. I enjoy watching their antics, ways of communicating, colors and freedom they exhibit. Here is a collection of some of the birds at the feeder.
Rohan looking for the beaver
This is a creek that eventually meets up with the Niagara River. Last summer a beaver made this little area his home. Every few days the kids would go down and check his progress on building his dam. Yesterday we took our little nephew there as he wanted to check for the beaver and collect more of the chewed wood for his collection.
pile of sticks that were once the beaver dam
The town got sight of the dam in the fall and came and removed the dam with a backhoe. This is all that is left of the dam today. The kids were very sad but understand the importance of keeping this creek flowing.
It’s amazing to see how hard this little beaver worked even taking down quite large trees all along this area. These are things you can’t teach in a classroom and so valuable to share with the kids in my mind.
He is missed but the kids will keep looking for signs of him throughout the next few months to see if he returns.
Beautiful picture to the end of a perfect day.
This was taken at the end of our street at the Niagara River and Canada across it. Photo credit to my niece, Britt for taking the picture while Chase held up the sun!
Such a peaceful place to watch a sunset
Even with the brisk temperatures it’s still beautiful to be outside if only for a little while!
This was the beautiful morning sky and mist over the cabin and back pastures this morning when I headed out to feed the animals.
It was 63 degrees in Buffalo, NY today. Last year at this time, I was trying to blaze trails in the snow to get to the pastures. Not sure I like this warm weather but the skies make up for it!
The view of our ice pond
New York in the fall should be considered one of the “wonders of the world”. It is spectacular. The air is crisp and smells of leaves and frosty air, the streams, rivers and lakes are filling up offering clear and cold water, the wildlife is roaming around more freely in search of tasty treats under the fallen leaves, and the skies overhead are more blue and full of white puffy clouds than ever.
We enjoy this time of year for trail riding, hiking, 4 wheeling, and relaxing. Here are some wonderful pictures from just one weekend on our property. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did living them!
Our ice pond is stunning. It’s called the “ice pond” as it is a pond we built shallow enough so it will freeze quickly and be used for ice skating all winter long.
The leaves are such a beautiful backdrop. I can’t get enough of their colors!
Riding the horses with the sounds of the leaves under their feet and a happy dog chasing blowing leaves.
Pumpkin sales, carving and trick or treating (Bruizer and Two Bit of the book the Outsiders) end one of the most beautiful months.
And a sneak peek at the beautiful cabin we finally have for our campground by the ice pond. More on that in my next post……..
We have bird feeders we use throughout the winter and fill them with sunflower seeds for the birds. This year we planted a sunflower garden to grow our own seeds.
The first picture is the patch 2 weeks ago in full bloom. The other 2 pictures are when we planted the garden in June and 3 weeks after the first planting.
We shared this patch with our pumpkins.
As you can see this worked very well. The pumpkin picture is just one row and we have 8 rows with pumpkins.
The beautiful sunflowers are now turning to seed so tonight we took the time to cut all of the heads off to use to feed the birds throughout the winter. Some of the heads are loaded with seeds while others have already been worked on by the birds.
In the end we have 2 very large bags filled with flower heads and seeds.
We will hang these from trees throughout the winter for the birds to pick at. They will also be used as a treat for the chickens.
You can see how they enjoy picking at it once it’s hung in their run!