Sunday, September 26, 2010

Freddie Freeloaders

The turkeys have taken a page from the squirrels' play book.  I had barely thrown down the scratch and left the yard when two of the Mafia Boys joined the little girls for breakfast.  The three other members of this crew had already started on the birdseed under the big oak.  Whatever gives me the crazy idea that I'm in charge?  The hen in the left foreground is Lucky.  She's the chicken I made the fox spit out.  The fox got a mouthful of tail feathers.  She got...lucky! 





Passing by the open front door in the early afternoon, I noticed this doe standing by the truck, admiring herself in the side mirror.  By the time I'd gotten the camera, she'd moved between the front sheds and was just under the windows in the breakfast room.  She was aware of my presence, but continued to munch oak leaves without concern.  The deer usually come out at dusk, but I've seen a lot more during the daytime lately.

7 comments:

Kathryn said...

Oh, didn't anyone tell you??? There's an ad in the Sacramento Bee in the farm section...it says, "For the best B and B and spa in the Foothills, go see Bo at Farview Farm...she's the ultimate hostess and serves the best 'greenery and grains' in the county, and her portions are very generous. You won't be disappointed, and she may let you stay for an extended visit...for free! Must like goats, chickens, cats and dog - but not to eat...they are NOT on the menu. Follow the rules and be entertaining, and she will feed you forever!"

Mark said...

You would find yourself deeply in debt were you to run your Wildlife B&B here in Kauai. There are no predators here in Kauai for the numerous feral pigs, goats and chickens, yes chickens. Google chickens on Kauai and you will read about Hurricane Enniki as the cause for the thousands of "free range" chickens here. They are at the beach at sea level and on the top of Waimea Canyon at 5000'. They greet you at the airport, they are on the roadside, at the grocery store, on the golf course, in the parks and even at the McDonalds drive-thru. The pigs and goats are less visible but are solidly entrenched none the less. I must forewarn that were you to visit I am sure the animals native drums would beat the signal of your arrival. A photo op at the airport would not be the traditional gift of a flower lei but instead a cacophony of bleating goats, grunting pigs and clucking chickens hearlding the arrival of "BO of Farview Farms"!

Bo said...

Oh, Mark...wouldn't that be fun?! The welcoming committee would certainly make me feel at home. (The ones here have already put me in debt.) "Wild" chickens...how cool is that?! I can see an egg in the cup on the 9th hole. Guess I'd better buy a newspaper and make sure the address for the B&B is correct, Kathryn. Wouldn't want anyone getting lost. (We were talking about animals here, right?)

Bo said...

P.S. I hope the chickens don't hang out at KFC!

Kathryn said...

Yes, Bo...we ARE talking animals only - the human kind have to be INVITED. And how cool about Kauai - seems fitting for an island in the middle of the Pacific to be kind of "wild!"

Shari said...

One of the ladies I am a caregiver for has a bird that will only eat the leafy part of the celery - would anyone in your wildlife B & B enjoy the rest? I'd love to bring it by weekly and spend some time with you.

Take Care..Shari McG

Bo said...

Shari...any and/or all of the critters would love celery, and I'd sure enjoy your company. Thanks.