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sheep in the field

Yes, It’s Fall

26Sep

Sheep with their winter coats almost grown in are out grazing in the fields of the valley.

Prolific blackberries are ripe for the picking and impossible not to get caught up in.

It’s the quiet season, and I have to say, I like this time of the year as much as spring.

Silent, green, peaceful.

The beaches are nearly empty except for the oysters & driftwood and the local wildlife seems to reemerge when the tide of summer visitors ebbs.

And good news for you, the room rates are lower to boot.

 

canadian geese

The Geese Have Returned

03Aug

As with every late summer, the Canadian Geese and their spring babies have once again made the pond at Turtleback Farm their seasonal home. As with most years, they just dropped by with no notice.

We have to say they were pretty lucky the pond wasn’t already fully booked by a rookery of Great Blue Herons, a sord of Mallards or a gulp of Cormorants.

So be an early bird and make your late summer/early fall (or even 2018) reservations sooner rather than later!

 

baby swallows

Swallows & Their Nestlings

15Jun

Barn  swallows usually return to the nest they used the previous year . These nests are made of mud, straw, feathers and sticks.  Because these enchanting little birds are very untidy, we have attached little trays beneath the nests to keep the ground clean.  They eat mostly flying insects and are responsible along with our bats for keeping our place bug free.  Both members of the pair incubate the four to five eggs for 12 to 17 days.  Once the birds hatch they make themselves very evident by begging noisily for food. They will leave the nest in 20 to 21 days and join their parents in search of food.  These birds are protected since the killing of Barn Swallows for their feathers was one of the issues that led to the founding of the Audubon Society and the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. These outlawed the killing of birds without the appropriate license and made it illegal to possess even a single feather of a protected bird.  In the Fall the birds migrate to Central and South America for the winter. For a bird of such small size, the barn swallow undertakes hugely impressive, long-distance migration. Birds are generally at the northern breeding grounds between April and October,. The autumn southward migration takes several months travelling to Central and South America and as far south as northern Argentina. The timing of arrival back at the breeding grounds is dependant upon the severity of the weather, but the older males generally arrive first, with the females and younger males soon following .  We always look forward to their return and are delighted when we see them swooping acrobatically in the air.