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New Yard Visitors and a Traveling Turkey

Posted by mrssmythe on April 13, 2020 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Insects, On the Home Front, Pollinators, Seasons, Week in Review |

Things continue to wake up in the yard and in the neighborhood.

These days, the corn we put out for the chickens draws a wide range of visitors – from chipmunks and birds to squirrels and, most recently, a rabbit.

Meanwhile, the azalea in the front yard – one of the few things blooming – has proven a popular spot for emerging insects. Last week, I saw this wasp…

…and also this bumblebee.

I’m always especially excited to see the bumblebees.

We’re also starting to see violets in the lawn – a sure sign of spring.

Another sign of spring – the turkey’s wanderlust.

Last year, around Easter, she disappeared for several days. Animal control finally found her in a neighborhood north of us, where she was spotted at a backyard bird feeder.

Last week, she hopped the fence again and was gone overnight, returning the following afternoon. The animal control officer we spoke with said he thinks that since this is the time of year wild turkeys nest and hatch their broods, our turkey might be heading to the woods to try to do the same. We’re hoping that as she becomes more and more attached to our flock, she’ll be less likely to venture forth.

Other excitement last week – the Super Moon! Did you see it?

Here’s what it looked like from our yard shortly after moonrise on the 8th.

Can you even find it? I know. It’s hard. Not very “super.”

By the time I put the chickens to bed, it looked like this:

Better, but not anything like some of the photos you see online.

And, this is what our flock looked like that evening, settling in for bed.

You’ll note the turkey is safely inside the barn. (We’re making extra sure of that these days!)

Around the house, it’s been pretty much business as usual. Ginger pulled out the sewing machine this past week to work on some blocks for her quilt.

And I’ve been doing a bit of sketching. The cats are never far when I do.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter. Ours was pleasant, with some nice sunshine, but today we’re getting the remnant of the storms that battered the South. It’s beyond blustery. I definitely won’t be walking the dogs today!

From the dining room table, getting ready to finish a crossword puzzle,

Mrs. Smythe

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6 Comments

  • Sarah Bro says:

    Happy Easter Season! We’re having a lovely spring in the mid-Atlantic. Enjoying it all the more, now that we’re mostly at home. 🙂 Glad to see your turkey is finding its spot.

    • mrssmythe says:

      The turkey has been an excellent watchdog for the chickens. She’s much more aware of hawk activity than any of the others. She’s also got a lot of personality. We would be sad to lost her.

  • Kristi Wright says:

    Howdy from Louisiana! I have been looking for some recent posts/pics of Manny. How is he doing? I have not been on your site for a while. I have forgotten what beautiful pictures you take! I hope everyone is safe and healthy! Take care!

    • mrssmythe says:

      Hi Kristi! Great to hear from you! And, thank you for the compliment about my pictures – so kind of you to say. Manny is doing really, really well. He’s loving having everyone home right now, and he’s also enjoying the improving weather. He loves taking walks and running in the back yard. I’ll try and include some photos of him in the coming posts. We are all doing well, too – and hope that you and your family are also staying safe. 🙂

  • Tea lady says:

    The violets you have blooming in your yard are beautiful! Mine, although greatly enjoyed, or simply purple.

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