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It begins

 

Unexpected, but welcome!

Unexpected, but welcome!

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Animals, Sheep

 

Cyclone Rim: Important Bird Area

corn-fed birds

corn-fed birds (Horned Larks, according to our friend Brian Rutledge)

We feed corn to our sheep on the Red Desert from the time we put the bucks in, in mid-December, until at least the end of January, when the ewes have had two heat cycles to get bred. In late January (now) we assess the winter and either order more corn (if the snow is deep) or not (if the desert is open and the natural feed looks good). Even though we are buried in snow in the mountains, conditions on the desert are good, with just enough snow and lots of available grass.  We find that we are also supporting the bird population, who are very happy to help out with the consumption of the corn!

Pepe and Pat at Cyclone Riim

Pepe and Pat at Cyclone Rim

Guard Dog puppies waiting for a job

Guard Dog puppies waiting for a job

a feast

a feast

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2016 in Animals, Dogs, Folks, Nature and Wildlife

 

Frosty the Snowman

Rhen contemplating the snow

Rhen contemplating the snow

 

 

 

We decided to build the first snowman of the season. The snow was soft and powdery–great for skiing, but not ideal for snowman building. Still, after a lot of rolling and patting, our snowman is somewhat respectable.

Megan, Rhen and McCoy with snowman and Marley

Megan, Maeve, Rhen and McCoy with snowman and Marley

Which one of these is not like the others? (Hint: not dressed for winter!)

Which one of these is not like the others? (Hint: not dressed for winter!)

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Events, Family, Folks, Nature and Wildlife

 

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‘Coon in the Hay

Winter quarters

Winter quarters

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Animals, Nature and Wildlife

 

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More Winter

Adolfo as St. Nick ( the snow was too deep to drive the cake to the waiting critters. Note the magpie who was riding the grub line.

Adolfo as St. Nick ( the snow was too deep to drive the cake to the waiting critters)

 

 

I feel like I’ve stepped into “Dr. Zhivago” with piles of deep snow everywhere. It’s more like an old-fashioned winter, and we are glad to have lots of hay in the stacks. Luckily the temperatures aren’t very cold (relatively speaking) and it just keeps snowing. I know this is making our friends in California very happy! Glad to help out, folks, but you could come help shovel the sidewalks!

 

winter waiting

Note the magpie who was riding the grub line.

 

Llamas on the feed line

Llamas on the feed line

waiting for feed in the Wyoming Field

waiting for feed in the Wyoming Field

 

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Let it snow!

Grass peeking through the snowgrass trhough sno2w

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Nature and Wildlife

 

New Year’s morn

Battle Mountain New Year's sunrise Squaw Mt. with icicles2 Sheep Mt. with three pines

Battle Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squaw Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheep Mountain and

Three Forks Mountain

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2016 in Nature and Wildlife