I was curious about those hawks I saw out on my land in Kansas and managed to identify them...not so much from this photo I took this past summer but from the sound they made when they launched into the air. Kee-eeeee-arr! I guess red-tail hawks make a very distinctive sound that is so "hawk-like," Hollywood uses their sound for all hawks and eagles in movies.
That white tail on that red-tail hawk still bothered me though...
...until I saw this at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site.
Yep, those are my hawks. And from that site, I was able to identify the owl that hoo hoo hoos without me even having to see it. It's the Great Horned Owl, also one of the most common birds of its type. Doesn't matter. At least I know their names.
Sarah told me that when I move out to my land in Kansas to be aware that every small animal out there will be scrutinized by a larger predator of some sort. Since my house will be built in the area of the nests I've seen ( if they are the actual hawk nests), I assume I'm going to be scrutinized by the hawks by air, raccoons by tree, snakes and foxes by ground, snappers by water and...underground? No idea but I know there's probably something in the process of thawing out right now.
A couple summers ago there was a red-tail hawk circling the area above my current house and Violet immediately flattened to the ground and got herself under the car. I'm glad she has such good instinct and is so smart. Such is not the case with Eddie. Eddie might be in her twenties in years but it might as well be minutes when it comes to how her brain operates. Every day is a fresh new day for Eddie but I love her for it just the same. One day Eddie was outside in her cage and saw something passing through the neighborhood that completely stopped everything for her. What was the thing flying over our yard?
A Goodyear blimp.
Oh poor Eddie. The expression on her face was priceless. But in her defense, the concept of a flying blimp is pretty weird.
Anyway, in this house designing phase of my land ownership thing, I need to figure out some good protective things to do to keep my current birds and cat safe...and the future pets too (for some reason I don't worry so much about the turts). It would be heartbreaking to have anything happen to my current pets or the chickens that will eventually be living with me some day. Yes, I will be needing chickens. They're funny to watch and fun to hold. And then of course there are the eggs. These pretty eggs were laid by the good little hens at Redbud Ranch.
Years ago I saw some transferware plates at an antique show and always regretted not buying them. Michael remembered my description when he recently found this little dish of the sour-faced little girl surrounded by all her pets. She was my Christmas present this year and I love, love, love her. I didn't buy the plates when I originally saw them because the little girl I saw on those plates had a mean little face...and I don't think her pets looked that good either. The transfer on this plate is softer than the one I originally saw and I much prefer it. She's still an odd looking thing though.
Maybe my house design plan should aim for what is going on on this little dish... just keep that front door open and stay right near it so everyone can bolt inside if anything scary shows up.