Photos Around the Farm – July 2015

New life abounds on the farm in July. The farm babies were born in June and by this month they are up and around so we can enjoy them. There were a few new calves as well as a new foal born this year. In addition the barn swallow had their babies and we had the pleasure to watch them grow up right on our porch.

It’s been fun to watch the new additions to the farm. At this stage the babies are never far from their mother’s side. No new chicks came this year although we did get plenty of new older chickens from a neighbor’s farm.

The Barn Swallows Grew Up Fast

The barn swallows grew up fast. They were likely born at the end of June/early July. It was hard to tell in their nest the exact date, but by the second week of July they were peaking out and making quite a fuss. Before the month was over, they were all grown up and started to leave the nest.

Barn-Swallows-Visting

The barn swallows stayed near the house the first few days after leaving the nest.

I was lucky enough to witness the exact moment when they all got brave enough to leave the nest. They circled in the air together and it was kind of amazing.

It was interesting, they stuck around for a few days coming home to roost each night. I would peek out the window each night after dark to see if they made it home. They only returned for about a week, before they left for good. I’m sure they are still nearby, since barn swallows are a common sight here swooping around the fields.

The Flowers Come and Go

It’s starting to heat up and some of the early blooms have already faded. It was a pretty sight to watch the gold finches balance themselves on a few daisies that had gone to seed. The butterfly bush we planted two years ago is also really filling out and attracting so many gorgeous creatures to the garden. Pretty moths, bees, butterflies and even a few hummingbirds come to visit.

Enjoy our photos and click the gallery below to see a slide show of the July scenery.

 

 

 

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