Eagle, Heron & Marsh Hawk
Lots of heavy rain has finally given way to beautiful sunshine days. The cooler temperatures are ideal for harvesting celeriac, leeks, purple-top turnips and lots of greens. It’s hard to believe November is almost upon us, although the mornings and evenings have been very chilly and wet.
The larger birds of prey return back to their hunting grounds in fall and early winter. Every morning we are greeted by these gorgeous birds in full view, as the leaves have fallen from the trees, their large bodies stand out perched and waiting with infinite patience. The lovely calls of a high fluted eagle and the low dinosaur squawk of the heron usher in most of our days. We have two marsh hawks, one large female and a smaller immature, that have set up hunting grounds on the open fields where we recently pulled wood out and laid drainage pipe. We watch as they travel low to the ground with great speed then see their white rump flutter up slightly before they pounce with great voracity.
Most days our hands feel very strong, but no doubt the sense of arthritis for older farmers is starting to set in, doubling up on our glove supply. Our packing shed has turned into our usual fall “elf facility” with wonderful vegetables from the field coming in, being washed, then sent out for box delivery. As some of our work hours have moved later into the evening, we will often hear the elk bugling in the far distance to end our days with yet another ethereal animal voice.
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