The hawks on our property successfully hatched one chick. They were very protective and anytime we moved out of our normal space the parents would literally growl at us. I know how much a small bird can scratch you if you encroach on their nest. I can’t even imagine how badly you’d get injured from a large talon predator with a wing span of 4 feet!
Just to give more perspective, our space is 200 yards away from their tree. It has crippled us from traveling about half our property. I wouldn’t want to take the chance. But since we don’t farm or have animals on 75% of it we are okay leaving them alone.
Today the baby hawk got it’s first experience with rain and it was hysterical! The chick was standing on it’s tip toes, hopping around trying to avoid the wet stuff falling from the sky. Shaking it’s head and flapping it’s wings and giving out a little peep here and there. It was fun to watch.
You can watch the video on the farm’s YouTube channel. Keep in mind it’s not great quality since we had to stay so far away.
Once again we thought we were safe. Nothing but sunshine and 80 degree weather in the weather report. The broccoli outgrew the protective covered tunnel so we removed it. Things looked great!
It’s June 21st and I took time off from my full time job to finish re-planting some transplants from the earlier hailstorms. The night before the meteorologists now predicted snow in the mountains and thunderstorms in our area. It wasn’t until the day off they sent out the Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Watch. Thunderstorms through the weekend. Hail possibly the size of golf balls!
I stopped what I was doing and pulled down the covers for the lettuce bed, tomatoes, peppers and beans. The squash is still small and low to the ground.and root vegetables are relatively safe as they have a lot of leaves now. Losing a few leaves won’t kill them. The onions and garlic don’t have open leaves so I never worry about them.
Watching helplessly from inside I kept an eye on the pumpkin patch that we had successfully reseeded and transplanted yet again this morning. And then it came! Hours of heavy pouring rain and small hail! It started at 12:30 pm and was on and off until almost 8 PM. In the end it was 4 hail storms that luckily only did a small amount of damage, and we have transplants inside to replace any that may die.
We are concerned again for what tomorrow will bring and wonder…..will this ever end! How far is too far to go to grow the crops you planned? We need to make money and every time we have to grow new transplants or buy new seeds, more money is coming out of our pocket and the extra work is tiring. What will the return on our manual labor investment be?
We are very lucky to not be in a single crop commercial operation. I wonder how many of those farms will have to shut down due to lack of production this year? The weather has been crazy!
Watch the video of me watching the first of 4 hailstorms out the window: