Blue Racers, Goat Videos and More
It's been a busy spring here in Windy Woods. Doing a lot outdoors. I learn something new every day around here, and every year for that matter. For example, this year I've learned the children don't believe their sandbox is deep enough.
Turkey's are apparently variable in their “territory”. We've recently had a flock decide that our front pasture (hah, still mostly weeds, but it's getting there) is a good place to forage. We've seen them (no pictures yet) several times in the driveway and apple orchard.
Asher captured some video on his Kindle of a porcupine climbing a tree, unfortunately, he also somehow managed to delete it by mistake before we got it transferred to one of the computers.
I've been cutting new trails with my new mower, and managed to startle a couple of blue racer's that were sunning themselves the other day. I was not aware that they were a tree climbing species of snake, but one immediately bolted up a nearby spruce.
The other one stayed on the ground, for a bit, but when I got close enough that he felt threatened, he (or she) also raced for the top of the spruce.
Various internet searches have confirmed to my satisfaction that these are indeed blue racers. I used this picture in particular because my shadow will give you some idea of the size these snakes. I would estimate 4 or 5 feet in length.
The entire family went for a walk the next day, and we found another smaller one, I would estimate only 3 feet.
The area we're finding them is where we saw a recently killed one last year, no clue what got it, and the carcass was gone when we went back to look only 5 minutes after finding. All of this leads me to believe that we have a healthy colony of them living in that area of our property. Pretty cool in my opinion.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is finally upgrading the highway that runs in front of our house. Frankly, I would have been happy if they had just repaved it, but apparently it was due for a major renovation.
Team Elmers has been working on it for over a month now. They started with drainage ditches along both sides.
The kids adore watching the tractors when they're working close, and I have to admit I kind of like it too.
I'm actually really happy about the ditches. Our driveway is really problematical in the spring, and a lot of that is runoff snow melt. The plows pile it up along the highway all winter long, and when it melts our driveway turns into a bog. The ditches will be a real blessing, especially since they even installed a pipe to keep the water flowing under the entrance to our drive.
The wild strawberries are in bloom, another good sign of spring.
Kids Kicking Up Their Heels
Sometimes I think that the expression “Kicking up your heels” came from watching goat kids, but then, I've seen a calf do it too. There's something just joyful about the way they do it.
Early Morning Browse on the Front Lawn
Kids Playing on the Log Pile
Goats Browsing and Playing in the Morning