It’s common to see Red Tail Hawks flying through our property. Last year a mother hawk was teaching her baby to fly and was hopping tree to tree across our acreage. They are enormous birds with wing spans almost 5 feet long. They are so large the only way to tell the one bird was a baby was the funny cackling noise it was making.
This year a male hawk started building a nest in the tallest tree in the middle of our property. We believe he is the baby we saw from last year. It didn’t take long for him to build a nest and attract a mate. While we love the wildlife this means we can no longer free range the chickens until they are gone.
Our new bird neighbors are still a little leery of us. When I’m working the garden the male floats above me, checking me out. If we get close to their tree they sound like they are growling at us. We are now trying to avoid their area because unlike your standard robin attack when you get close to their nest, we have the feeling a hawk attack could be a major problem.
In the mean time, we are enjoying watching these predators and look forward to seeing a baby being raised so close to home.
We are used to having rabbits all over the property. They are fairly tame because we do not chase them off, but one morning one of them was standing right in the middle of the back yard looking very nervous. I walked up to her and noticed she actually had babies underneath her suckling. I was surprised as it was right in the middle of yard!
Before I scared her off I ran to get the camera and caught a great video I wanted to share.
The 5 bunnies stayed hidden for a long time before they emerged. There were 4 left and they spent a lot of time stretched out on the ground under the trees trying to cool off.
Part of the joy of living on a farm is enjoying the wildlife, that is if you have protected your crops well enough!
Owning acreage in a world of limited resources should make everyone feel responsible. Being a good steward to the earth will allow your children to enjoy the essentials of life. Fresh air, clean water and natural food whether it comes from plants or animals. We put together a Conservation Plan to show our commitment to the ecology and wildlife on our property.
First, we will establish a more natural environment by removing lawns and invasive plants and replace with xeriscape natives. We are leaving about 30% of the land for wildlife only. We’ve seen animals ranging from birds, squirrels, rabbits and deer to raccoon,skunks, fox and coyotes. We have an abundance of garter snakes and a variety of tiny brown frogs that I’ve never seen before.
Water preservation is important. Every drop counts.Crops will be watered with drip irrigation and mulched with dried grasses and pine needles from the property to hold the moisture in. No chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers will be used. The animals will be raised naturally using all natural and organic feed.
We want the farm to be naturally sustainable to be able to deliver good tasting and nutritious food to customers.