Healthy Birds, Healthy Farm


by Jay Reesor

One of the pleasures of being a farmer is having the opportunity to be in the outdoors….a lot. Especially this time of year when we are so busy planting and preparing for the season we are outside virtually the whole day.

While outside we have an opportunity to observe the wild life right here on the farm. Particularly interesting are all of the species of birds that we see including Cardinals, Blue Jays, Tree Swallows, Baltimore Orioles, Red Tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, Starlings, Mallard Ducks, Blue Herons, Gold Finches, Flickers, Mourning Doves, Crows, Canada Geese and more!

The bird that currently most interests me is the Barn Swallow (like the one in the photo above). Every year around the end of May they arrive on our farm from their wintering ground somewhere in the southern hemisphere. They soon re-occupy their old nests or they build new nests to raise their young. It is common to see them darting about hunting for flying insects. They are amazing flyers and it’s  so much fun to watch  them.

I like to see all of the birds thriving as it gives me the feeling that we are doing a good job of caring for the environment here on the farm. If the birds and other wild animals are thriving on the farm, we must be doing something right. If nothing else, observing them gives me a great deal of pleasure. Happy bird watching to all of you bird watchers out there!