Flock Friday for July 3

Let’s check on the chickens, Bert, and Jack. (Who is that? Read on.)

Chicken treats:

Chicken treats

Chicken treats

Chicken treats

Hey there, Bert:

Duck

Duck

Duck

Duck

Jack is, of course, the frog living in our pond deck box:

Frog

Another day, more chicken pictures:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens GIF

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens GIF

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

A couple more of Jack, sitting on top of the fish food container, and on the side of the box:

Frog

Frog

Ducklings day 26

Today I’ve included a few GIFs of the ducklings, along with the usual assortment of cuteness.

Reviewing the cam recordings, I noticed three ducklings tapping the pop door yesterday morning:

Ducklings tapping door

I’m not sure why; there wasn’t anything out there at the time that I could see on the pond cam; perhaps they’re getting a bit stir-crazy, wanting to get into the pond (though have never seen that door open), or thought it made an interesting noise.

Here’s a GIF of that:

GIF of ducklings tapping door

Betty the Buff duckling flapping her wings; they’ve certainly grown a bit:

Duckling flapping wings

A GIF edition:

GIF of duckling flapping wings

On to the usual treats and such:

Duckling treats

Duckling treats

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

This morning I posted a slow-motion video on YouTube of a duckling dunking their head under the water; it’s a little long, and includes some further and closer clips, so you might want to skip around in the video. Here’s a GIF edition of one dunk and head shake:

GIF of duckling dunking

Bert drinking water draining from the duck house as the ducklings splash around in the pool:

Ducklings

Bert peeking at the ducklings:

Bert and ducklings

Watching me:

Ducklings

Garden lights after dark

Last night I closed up the duck house after dark, and took some pictures of some of the lights around the garden. It’s unusual for us to wander the garden after dark, but it’s quite pleasant.

A spinning garden ornament in the flowerbeds, with a color-changing light. This picture was taken with the flash; you can see the motion blur of the back blade spinning quickly (there was a bit of a breeze):

Garden ornament

The same ornament with my headlamp:

Garden ornament

One more without illumination:

Garden ornament

An animated GIF, showing the spinning and color changing:

GIF of garden ornament

A light next to a bridge over the stream:

Light and bridge

Light and bridge

A flame-like path light:

Flame light

A GIF of that:

GIF of flame light

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll.

Ducklings day 19

Today I removed the baby duckling feeder, so they now have the full-sized feeder tube and full-sized water dispenser.

Now that the ducklings are big enough to be able to eat from the feeder tube, I was planning on removing the feeder for young ducklings (actually designed for chicks). Early this morning one of the ducklings briefly got their head stuck in the feeder hole, so that was a sign it was time:

Ducklings

The morning pic:

Ducklings

I removed and rinsed out the baby feeder:

Chick feeder

Duckling swim time:

Ducklings

The water is cloudy as I dumped the remaining food from that feeder in the water; they might as well eat it from there rather than wasting it:

Ducklings

Afternoon swim time:

Ducklings

Ducklings

You can see a couple of them eating from the feeder tube:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

More eating from the tube:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings day 17

Today was a rainy day, but the ducklings made their own rain inside the duck house by splashing around in the pool.

Hey there:

Ducklings

An animated GIF of the rain on the pond and Bert by the duck house:

GIF

A better quality static shot of that (the lettuce on the roof was waiting to be given to the ducklings):

Rainy

Bert and the ducklings:

Duck and ducklings

Duck and ducklings

Ducklings

Duck and ducklings

Another GIF of Bert and the ducklings chattering at each other, with more rain:

GIF of duck and ducklings

Duck and ducklings

Later, some ducklings under and on top of the EcoGlow:

Ducklings

Afternoon swim during a break in the rain:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Lots of preening:

Ducklings

GIF of spreading tiny wings and preening:

Ducklings

Tiny wings again:

Ducklings

Cat update for week ending June 20

For this week’s Caturday, all five feral cats spotted, some in-person shots of Poppy and Porcini, and finishing with a GIF summary of the week outside the cat house.

Three cats in the cat house:

Three cats

Three cats

Three cats at the cabins:

Three cats

Three cats

Three cats

Two cats

Did you see the YouTube video summarizing that time?

Screenshot of the cams app, showing five cats — one on the house deck, one in a cabin, two in the house, and one in the feeder:

Screenshot of five cats

Long cat is long:

Two cats

House snuggles:

Two cats

Three cats:

Three cats

Porcini in the cabin, Poppy out front:

Cats

The same arrangement, but an in-person photo while I refilled the bird feeders:

Porcini and Poppy

Paladout:

Paladout

Poppa and Porcini:

Poppa and Porcini

Another in-person shot of Poppy and Porcini, by the small pond, when I went out there to reset a couple of cameras that weren’t responding:

Poppy and Porcini

GIF summary of the week outside the cat house:

GIF summary

(I’ll follow up this post with a YouTube edition of that summary.)

Edit to add:

Happy birthday Pansy! The feral cat who lives in the back of our shop, keeping it free of rodents, is 6 years old today (her observed birthday, anyway; having been found on the streets, her actual birthday is unknown):

Pansy

Ducklings day 16

Today, the ducklings discovered the joy of swimming.

But first, I liked the color variations of these three cam captures, of the night-vision, early morning, and lighter morning:

Nighttime ducklings

Morning ducklings

Morning ducklings

Amazing what a difference it makes to the light level just having a vent open.

The traditional morning greeting:

Ducklings

I put the paint tray pool back in the house. Bert took a peek:

Bert and ducklings

They took the bait of treats:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Oooh, it’s wet:

Ducklings

Hey, I like that:

Ducklings

Everybody (almost) in the pool!

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Dunking duckling:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

An animated GIF of that picture; you can see dunking underwater, and the one at the top of the ramp preening, which helps spread the waterproofing oils:

Ducklings GIF

Afternoon swims:

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

Ducklings

I’ll continue morning and afternoon supervised swims for the next couple of weeks, until their 5th week, removing the tray before I depart each time. After that, I’ll be able to leave the tray in there full-time. About three weeks after that, at about their 8th week, they’ll be able to go into the pond.

Flock Friday for June 19

It’s Friday, so let’s check on the adult birds, in a weekly series I call Flock Friday.

Let’s start with the chickens enjoying some kale treats, while Bert watches and waits for me outside the run:

Chickens enjoying treats while Bert watches

Chickens enjoying treats while Bert watches

Chickens enjoying treats while Bert watches

Bert then followed me across the lawn:

Bert on the lawn

And down the path:

Bert on the path

That was cute; let’s have an animated GIF of that:

GIF of Bert on the path

Bert watching the ducklings:

Bert watching ducklings

Another day, Bert meeting me by the compost bins again:

Duck and chickens

At the chicken coop:

Bert at coop

Bert watching the ducklings again:

Bert at duck house

Bert watching ducklings

Bert watching ducklings

And watching me:

Bert

A GIF of a couple birds flying over the pond:

GIF of birds over pond

And a still pic:

Birds over pond

Let’s finish as we started, with more chickens enjoying treats (kale and lettuce grown in our veggie garden):

Chickens enjoying treats

Chickens enjoying treats

Chickens enjoying treats

Cat update for week ending June 13

For Caturday this week, 5.25 cabin pictures, 3.25 cat house pictures, 2 shop pictures, 1.25 outside and feeder pictures, 1 breezeway picture, 1 GIF and 1 still from that, and 1 picture out a window. Just some totally irrelevant numbers.

Three cats at the cabins:

Cabin cats

Poppa and Pommie in the breezeway:

Breezeway cats

Cat snuggles:

Cat snuggles

Three cats in the feeder; the SD card in the feeder has stopped working (like the cat house one did recently); I don’t know if I’ll bother trying to fix it, so this might be the last picture from the feeder (though it is recorded by the Camect server, so probably not):

Feeder cats

Porcini closeup with the cabin cats:

Cabin cats

More cat snuggles:

Cat snuggles

Cat stalking a bird on the driveway, as it got away:

Cat chasing bird

A GIF of that:

GIF of cat chasing bird

One of the twins in the lavender plants by our front steps, as seen from a window:

Cat by front steps

Pepper watching me closely in the shop; she wanted to get past, but that would have meant getting within six feet of me; she’s an expert at social distancing:

Cat in shop

So she retreated and waited for me to depart:

Cat in shop

Super-relaxed cabin cat:

Cabin cat

Two cats snuggling, one looking out the door:

Cat snuggles

Four cats:

Four cats

Screenshot of four cats (two in cabins, two in the house):

Four cats

A startled greeting at the cabins:

Cabin cats

Some symmetry, both in this picture, and with the first picture in today’s post:

Cabin cats

Flock Friday for June 12

This past week has been exciting with the baby ducklings, but I also got a bunch of pictures of the adult duck, Bert, and the chickens.

This post is about the adults, but let’s start with a check in on the ducklings; here’s them a week ago:

Ducklings

And yesterday; look how much they’ve grown already:

Ducklings

A picture of the ducklings and Bert:

Ducklings and duck

I feed him his breakfast in this spot, as the food sinks to the bottom, and there’s a shallow ledge there, as more visible in the previous picture, when the water level was lower; it’s easer for him to eat from the water than on land:

Duck

Some pictures of the chickens while I was installing the compost bins:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens and duck:

Chickens and duck

While I was refilling the feeder, Bert joined me:

Duck

Duck and chickens

Duck and chickens

Following me down the path to the duck house:

Duck

Duck

Breakfast next to the duck house:

Duck

An animated GIF of a heron taking off, when I went out there to chase it:

GIF of heron

Bert drinking water accumulated in the paint tray that will be used by the ducklings next week:

Duck

He went up the ramp and tapped on the pop door. Sorry, that’ll stay closed for several more weeks, until the ducklings are old enough to go into the pond (at about 8 weeks old):

Duck

Ducklings and duck

Duck

Eating again:

Duck

A bunch of pictures of the chickens:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

I moved the log, and they enjoyed some tasty worms underneath:

Chickens

A favorite dust bath spot under the pop door ramp:

Chickens

Another day, I offered fun apple peel treats:

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Chickens

Bert was watching with interest outside the chicken run (I did offer some apple peel to him, but he didn’t want it):

Duck