Since friday our dogs have been "freaking out" at night barking up a storm even once they are inside we figured there was something out there they didn't like but were not sure. Saturday we let them out and right away they ran up the hill behind the house barking. Lewis hurried to the see what was going on and what he say has got me worried about our herd. A coyote hanging out behind our house just above our hill pasture. Lewis bundled up and went out and followed the dogs to see if he could get another glimpse of the coyote. Right now it looks like the dogs have scared it off.
However I am the worrying type and bundled up right away this morning to check on our herd. Everyone looks good. No problems. We added the llamas to our herd last year to protect the alpacas knowing that we have had coyotes around the farm in the past. Last winter we found two deer had been taken down on our farm one in our back field and one right in front of our house- scary when they get that close!
On my way back into the house I found the little chickadee in the photo above laying on the ground. I wasn't sure if it was hurt as I walked closer our black lab tried to eat it so I scolded him to drop it. I picked the little guy up and noticed he was still alive yet was only using one leg and wing. I decided to bring him in the house so the kids could get a closer look at him. I wasn't sure if this little guy was even going to make it but felt it would be a good lesson either way and it ties in with our current lesson as we are reading Burgess Bird Book for school.
Within a few minutes the chickadee was feeling much better and flew off Lewis hand and around the house. The kids thought this was pretty exciting. Our youngest Layton was squealing with delight. It took a few tries to catch him, being so little he would just wiggle out of Lewis' hands and fly off again. We opened the window and watch him fly off to the closet tree.