We have trumpeter swans that frequent our irrigation pond in the spring, and mallard ducks that return every year to nest beside our house. The northern flicker makes the most obnoxious noise while it hunts in our grass, while the merlin on my back porch never made a peep. The snow buntings fly in large flocks around our house during the winter, as does the common redpoll. The belted kingfisher and northern shrike were lucky shots of hunting birds that perched for a minute to rest. And what farm doesn’t have a flock of wild turkeys, a gaggle of Canadian geese and a few killdeer living in the back 40?!
You can visit “Pond Life Part II” to see some more birds and animals that hang around the farm.