Monday, June 30, 2014

A Tale of Two Trailers- Part Two - The Fledgling Owl

This is the second well used cattle trailer on parked on the hill in GriggsDakota. 
Just to the left of its left tire there is a lump. It is not stone, but feathers. 
 I took a trip around to the back of the trailer to see what it looked like. It is a rather large baby owl.
A fledgling Great Horned Owl cannot fly. 
It is none the less, not to be messed with. 
When first startled he tried to intimidate by showing his wings and clicking his beak, but will eventually attack with talons and beak if I don't back off.  
Owls have notoriously poor nest building skills. The mother owl will usually just move into any nest that she finds and begin to lay eggs. Owls are the first birds to nest in our area, often in January. All nests are vacant at that time of year, but the well worn nest does not hold the hatchlings for long. 
It is common to find baby owls on the ground and important to keep your distance. A young owl may ramble around on the ground for weeks, hoping to find enough food to survive. They have the ability to climb several feet up a tree trunk by flapping his wings and using its talons to dig in and climb up the tree trunk. His mother may answer his calls for food. 
For now, he seems to be content to live under and around the old cattle trailer in GriggsDakota.

Friday, June 27, 2014

A tale of Two Old Trailers - Part One - The Robin Nest

There are two well used cattle trailers parked on a hill in GriggsDakota. I noticed a lump on the top of the left wheel housing.  
 It was a robin's nest, with no robin in sight. Perhaps abandoned, I nonetheless took quick photos and left the scene.
The workmanship of this home for babes is something to be admired. soft and sturdy with its mother's fluffy feathered breast to keep it warm.
This might be the most beautiful sight in GriggsDakota.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Fence Post Without a Fence

Is a fence post without a fence still useful?
 I think it depends on whether you are man or beast.
Only people need fences. 
Animals can make good use of posts. 
A worthless old post. 
Except for the Whitetail Buck Deer that shined up his antlers by rubbing them against this old post in GriggsDakota.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Water in the Creek

The creeks are running full. Farmers in GriggsDakota welcome rain.
This year we have had an abundance of moisture. 
 "Rain makes grain," we like to say.
And that is most often true in this land that tends to be dry. 
 This year, when we were done planting, we were not finished planting. 
The late Spring, combined with rain, means we had some acres will not be planted this year. 
Rain means some planted fields in nearby areas are flooded. Young plants cannot stand in water for long before they drown.
Will rain make grain this year? 
Time will tell in GriggsDakota.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Flowering Wheat

We had warm weather over the weekend, so it was time to inspect the wheat for flowering.
We found a white tail deer checking out the field. 
Flowers on wheat are not readily apparent. You must look closely at the head to see a small yellow blossom. The field is alive with insects.  
 There were dragonflies, like the blue guy in the photo above. Can you see the tiny blossoms on the head?
And all varieties of flying insects are buzzing about, which assist with fertilization of the wheat. 
Wheat flowers are discovered. 
Tiny, almost flecks of yellow hang precariously from the head of the wheat where each kernel will form after pollination. 
When the AgAnalyst gets one in her hand, it seems to disappear. 
 The wheat flowering stage is also called anthesis, which simply means the flowering period of a plant.
Although the husks are in place, the kernels have yet to form. 
Soon the kernels, which will eventually be harvested as our wheat crop, will begin the fill in the heads of Winter Wheat in GriggsDakota.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ending the Celebration With Basketball

 Another Aneta Turkey Barbecue is over. We enjoyed the company of strangers and renewed old friendships. Our lives are richer for having done the work involved in putting all of this together, but we are tired as it finishes. The last event of the weekend was a basketball game held in our old Auditorium.
The game was billed as "alumni," but it didn't matter what school you graduated from. There hasn't been a school in town for years. Everyone who showed up was put on a team and Farmer Fred was the referee.  
There were fans in the crowd, including the Farm Inspector, the Energy Advisor, the Ag Analyst.  
There is still a little clean up to do tonight, but people will show up, just as they do every year, and everything will be carefully stored for the next Turkey Bar-B-Q. Turkeys will be cooking on the third Saturday in June in the Aneta City Park and we hope to be around to enjoy it 
in GriggsDakota.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Aneta Turkey Bar-B-Q

Have you heard the news? There is a Turkey Bar-B-Q in Aneta on Saturday. Serving starts at 4pm and they are serving Turkey
This turkey is running away as fast as he can. 
Turkey at a Bar-B-Q? The girls are praying it's true.  
It is true. The turkey will be cooked over a charcoal fire. 
The birds will be put on the spit in the morning. 
There are a few cooks who have been to over 50 barbecues.
 Their secrets are passed on through the generations.
 At 4pm Farmer Fred and a gang of others will start to carve the birds. The serving will continue until about 7:30pm.
Everyone is encouraged to visit the Aneta Community Orchard and Gardens. There is a brochure for a self-guided tour in the footbridge. Bill Miller and Janice Mills will conduct tours on the half hour starting at 6:30pm on Saturday evening.  
All fashionable ladies and gents are encouraged to attend.
And bring the whole family, there is fun for all ages at the 
Aneta Turkey Bar-B-Q, always the third Saturday in June. 
Tickets for the Turkey Bar-B-Q will be for sale in the City Park, just down the road from GriggsDakota.