Monday, May 30, 2011

our first egg!

It felt like a tiny miracle to go out to the coop and check on the chicks, and find this.




Here are some fun egg facts for ya:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/focus_on_shell_eggs/index.asp

Sunday, May 1, 2011

black phoebe

The other day I was relaxing in the hot tub and bird watching.  The usual birds I spot are hummingbirds and scrub jays, a hawk flying high, and of course...Chloe and Mirabelle.  The chickens are by far the least graceful, most neurotic and most amusing.  I love when they are on their perch, walking the length of it like a gymnast, standing on one foot, and then they lose their balance, let out a loud squawk and feathers go flying.  They usually manage to catch themselves though.

I digress.  The other day a tiny dark brown bird with a little crested head and white stomach sat on the fence for a bit.  What was this?!  He was adorable, and definitely a newcomer.

I hit the internet, and I'm pretty sure he is a black phoebe.

You can read all about him here, maybe he was just passing through?

I got this photo from a blog I found, Cleveland Circle and Beyond.  Check it out, he takes amazing photos of birds and nature.