Location: Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx: Beautiful fall, clear skies
Cold this morning. 20F. I found comfort in my flannel shirt as I whipped up some oatmeal for breakfast this morning. I shuffled around the kitchen in fuzzy slippers, sipping on a mug of hot cocoa. Jake sat in the kitchen window and entertained himself by smacking my prism ornaments back and forth. The sunlight bounced through them and rainbow splashes of color danced wildly across the walls. Typical morning at the ranch. My husband was rushing around this morning getting ready to take the truck in to have the windshield replaced. The shop had to order one from Portland and have it shipped in. I think I heard faint grumbling as he stuffed his checkbook in his pocket – poor guy. He is a diabetic, so we have a checklist drill that we run through when he is going to be away from the house for any length of time: Emergency candy bar, fluids, insulin kit, etc.
Eastern Oregon has a large number of hawk species, and we see them hunting in the fields every day. Down in the valley below us, the farmers have large mechanical irrigation tracks that move across the field. The hawks are incredibly intelligent birds and have adapted to hunting in these lush fields of grain. It seems almost like a “drive-thru” banquet for them. When the irrigation tracks are watering the fields, the hawks will sit on the pipes and watch for the mice and gophers to exit their hiding spaces as the water starts to flood dens and nests. One day I counted nine hawks sitting on the same irrigation track as it moved across the field – and they don’t really like to be in the same hunting area. But I guess when the hunting is plentiful, they share the bounty. I don’t really like to think of the hawks snatching up prey, but the circle of life is everywhere.
In case you have never seen the typical irrigation equipment, here is a photo of a set of irrigation tracks in the spring:
We had a small sparrow hawk that kept coming around our evergreens in the backyard. It is a popular place for nesting robins, sparrows, etc. We discovered that the hawk was attacking a nest of baby robins, so we had to keep spraying him with the water hose until he finally left the area. My daughter took the photo of him, below. He looks rather majestic but had no manners whatsoever. (That is Sunflower the horse, in the background….)
New thought: I found a lovely new website that provides high-quality free printables such as planners, calendars, digital paper, etc. Take a look at the site if you are a planner person like me: Printablesandinspirations.com
I have made a new mini kit for you, called “Northern November”. The reason for the title is that in the southern hemisphere, it is spring/summer season, whereas in the northern hemisphere it is fall/winter. So I have made a fall kit this time, and I will work on a spring/summer kit next. Three downloads today, including Journal Cards that are 3″x 4″:
Have a glorious week and for those in the USA, I wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.