It is starting to feel more and more like winter is behind us now. The weather is warming, and every day we take note of different birds that have returned. The Sandhill Cranes are back in large numbers again, hundreds of them. It is such a grand site to see and hear them. Reminds you that we are but a mere speck in this world of nature and there are much grander things going on around you. The hawks are abundant, sitting on their posts waiting to spot movement of their next meal. Two pairs of Rose Finches were feeding on the lilac seeds and the Northern Flicker is busy combing the ground for ants and other insects. The Tree Swallows have also returned as of yesterday and there is one Killdeer hanging around the yard. Have not seen a second one as of yet.
The ground is drying quickly in the gardens and a lot of the perennials are sending out new growth. We are planning on sowing a few lettuce and radish seeds in a patch of ground in front of our house today. Anticipating the rewards.
We had a great Easter weekend with family and friends. Went on a road trip to our hometown and enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Pat's mother. Easter Monday our children and grandchildren spent the day with us here on the farm. We had a busy day of making sausage, going for walks in the pasture, throwing rocks in the slough, and flying a kite. The most fun was the Easter egg hunt for Kristan and Jeremy, our grandchildren. This year some of the easter eggs had a clue inside, to send them in the direction of the next egg. Jeremy whom is two did not really understand other than he enjoyed picking up the eggs and putting them in his basket, but Kristan whom is five, loved the clues and was so excited. We had a lot of fun with them.