Sunrise Sightings At The Farm Ponds

Got out early and walked to the farm ponds at sunrise. At two ponds there were a pair of Blue Winged Teal. At another a Wood Duck family with four ducklings. An Eastern Phoebe, Kingbird, Yellow Breasted Chat, and Common Yellowthroat were hanging around. Did not see any Green Heron or Blue Grosbeaks that I thought I might. Did see a Great Blue Heron but it spooked and flew out before I could get a photo. It was a nice start to a beautiful but windy spring day. Hit a good lick building on the portable chicken coop. All materials are gathered now. One side of the coop and putting on fence wire and wheels remain to be done.  If all goes well we should wind up that job today. The rig will be heavier than I had hoped. It will be hard for the “Little Woman” to pull it by hand, so will have to use the lawnmower or four wheeler. It will be movable.

A chicken coop as was used in the old days remained in one place. After a number of years it would draw rats. Which the thought of takes me back to my childhood days. My grandmother had a coop in the same place forever. The rats moved in and under a small shop next to it. We would hook a hose to a car exhaust and stick it in a rat hole and have fun shooting the rats as they came out. The farm dogs loved it too. Ah, the good old days, nothing like an old fashioned rat killing…

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2 Responses to Sunrise Sightings At The Farm Ponds

  1. I remember chicken coops, and rats too. I always wanted a chicken but my father said no. After seeing rats as big as cats, they still make my skin crawl.
    Nice shots! I love the wood ducks!

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