Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Springing Out

Everyone visiting the farm can't help but notice all the new life bursting out.  The photo above is my first-ever successful effort to capture tadpoles at the four-legs-but-not-quite-frogs-yet stage!  The warm March weather gave the vernal pool activity a boost, meaning the tadpoles were already swimming around the crawdad holes back when I went looking for egg sacs.  And by last weekend, incredibly tiny toads were hopping out of the water.  So I quickly herded the horses out of that field, to give the little amphibians a chance to make it to their next homes without dodging giant hooves.

The bluebird house has already been occupied by a handsome couple, and a couple of weeks ago a little rider and I spotted Mrs. Reynard (the fox) carrying a dead squirrel back to her den.  Sorry for the squirrel, but that must mean a number of hungry mouths waiting at home.

On the domestic side, the five chicks are now 10 weeks old and beginning to explore the barnyard.  I am sorry to say that Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton Chicken seem to enjoy chasing them around.  In a couple of months, though, the younger chicks will be full-size and ready to compete for their places in the literal pecking order.