Information Vegetable, Animal and Mineral

May 7, 2014 § 1 Comment

Yay, spring is finally here!

Flowering Pear

Not all our flowering pears blossom fully yet, but we definitely have flowers! They have felt very late coming, and no wonder: Four years ago, we had flowers on the blossoming pears in mid-April, and compared to three years ago, we’re about a week late. Wild flowers are out, too. Ahh! Even with the pollen, spring is my favorite time of the year. 🙂

During late March and early April, the huge wild turkey flock that has been visiting on and off finally split into smaller groups. For a while, we saw two toms with ten hens hanging out regularly. The last we saw them, only one of the toms was displaying. (The other one was all fluffed up, but he’s not spreading his tail out like the first one.) It’s incredible how iridescent their plumage is:

Turkey Displaying

The last we saw them, the ladies didn’t seem to be very interested:

Turkey Displaying to Hens

We know it’s the same birds, because a big chunk is missing from one of the tom’s tails. This two-tom flock was also very stable, which I thought surprising. At least I’ve never before seen turkey groups with more than one grown-up male. Because they were so accommodating of each other, we started calling the two toms brothers. (“The turkey brothers came by today with their hens.”)

Turkey Brothers

Now they seem to have gone elsewhere again. For a time we also saw three hens together, then two hens together and one alone, coming and going at different times.

Just recently, for two days in a row, we’ve seen a rabbit out in full daylight. This fella let me get pretty close before bolting:

Bunny in Grass

It’s been such a pleasure to watch the wildlife from our windows. This year will be different, though: two houses are going to be built along our road, so there will be a fair bit of noise. We’ll see who actually stays.

(I don’t really have anything to comment on minerals. I just couldn’t pass the opportunity to refer to Gilbert & Sullivan’s Modern Major-General’s song.)

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