So the first thing I should probably post is our current stats as of this minute — 19 rams, 12 ewes = 31 lambs thus far. A few more girls look like they’ll be lambing but most of Raider’s are done (still waiting on Lily), Paisley just had a nice little four horned ram lamb today so his name is Patrick. Then Prescott’s girls should be finishing up, though they just started the other day with Edna having a ram and a ewe, both black and white; and Demure having twin ewes, one a lilac and one black and white.
And in this sea of black and white (which is really very pretty!) there is one lone lilac ewe lamb and of course, is the most difficult to photograph. Dot is the lilac (she has a spot on the back of her head) and her sister Doris is the black and white, who has actually posed for me already.
Dot seems to always be too busy to be bothered with the camera, and she’s very much a mama’s girl. Doris seems to have a bit of rebel in her so she’ll pause to actually look at me.
Too little time in the day, too many holes in the pasture.
Too many beds to be tried…
Too many relatives in the way. Notice the bright blue eyes — all three girls have them. I’m super excited about that.
And then off again… Can hardly catch them before they leave. See, not all photos at Mud Ranch are created equal, and in many many shots there may but just one good one. In Dot’s case, there really aren’t any… Oh, but we’ll keep her anyway.
Since spring has sprung, we’ve got a bunch of birds visiting the canopy of oak trees around our house. Annie has been having quite a teething episode and isn’t feeling too good so I thought it would be nice for us to go sit out in the clover and watch the life in the trees above. Granted, I’m the one who did the bird watching while she chewed on her toys that we pulled out of the fridge. The first visitor was Mr. Goldfinch, I can’t exactly tell him apart from his brothers but they are gorgeous and love the dandelions in our yard.
The next was Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird who are building a nest in a house we hung this past fall. Mrs. Bluebird was the only one who really stuck around and was available for a photo shoot. I think Mister was too busy gathering and eating.
And the below picture is about as close as I got to getting a picture of an Oriole. I did hang their feeder though, and am planning on “taming” them enough to get some pictures to share. They tend to be a bit snooty and stay high in the canopy chattering away.
And then I had to take a picture of spring springing, with our oaks just now starting to pop. But when I downloaded them on to my computer and was looking at them sharper, I noticed a little guy in the left hand of the photo whom I did not notice while I took the picture. Lucky, I guess.
Next on my list of birds: The Chat. He can be pretty hard as they tend to be a bit flighty, but they are gorgeous yellow birds with a beautiful song. If only I could take a picture of a song to share.