I had to post another picture of the barn swallows, click on the pic to see the larger version and you will see that there are clearly 5. The one on the left is the least mature so I hope it will make it. I can't believe how quickly these little birds have changed in a matter of days. The parents are trying to entice them to take the first plunge. They fly up to the nest but just far away from them so that they have to reach out to see if there is food or not, then the parent bird will swoop away in the hope that one will follow. They sing and chirp at them the whole time, they really are pretty to listen to, like a canary. I have a feeling that within the next 24 hours they will be leaving the nest. The babies in the other barn are a bit further away from being ready but the nest is full so I wouldnt be surprised if there were 5 there too.
Here is brat baby saying hello to his big sister. They have the same mother.
I missed a wonderful opportunity this morning, I am so bumbed out about it. I went to town to deposit a check and stopped at the mail boxes at the end of our drive. Behind the boxes is a wooded area and we often have deer which come in and out of it. A few weeks ago there was a deer standing stock still beind a felled tree about 20 feet from me when I got out to open the box. It didnt move while I watched it and I went back to the truck without disturbing it. I didnt have my camera. Well today the same thing happened again, the only difference and what makes it even more heart breaking is that after seeing her I noticed a movement 20 feet to my right and there on the edge of the trees in the sunshine was a fawn, still with the spots on it (a little Bambi!!!!). It was totally unaware of me and was rustling around in the grass, eating bits of it. Guess what, I didnt have my camera with me AGAIN!!!!! I watched it for a while and left quietly kicking myself for missing the opportunity which I probably wont get again. It has joined the collection of images etched in my mind that I missed capturing with my camera.
It was pretty warm again today, still no more rain, hopefully we will get more soon. The guy who supplies us with hay has increased his prices from $3 a bale to $4 a bale and the next cutting may be even more, although that bit of rain we had saved the crops to a degree and the hay, it is going to be awesome alfalfa so hopefully it will be worth what it costs. The ground is still covered in deep cracks, we have clay predominantly around here which is dreadful, slippery and mushy when it is wet and hard as a rock when it is dry.
Well guys that is about it for today. Happy 4th of July to all my American blogger friends. see y'all tomorrow. (((((Hugs))))))
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