More from Backyard Birds

Pictures and stories about life at Downeast Thunder Farm including chickens, ducks, critter care and housing, and garden.

New Goldfinch Feeder

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After spying my first Goldfinch of the season, I treated myself to a new feeder and a ridiculously expensive bag of Nyjer seed. It appears the investment was worth it. … Continue reading

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Peeps!

We once had as many as 18 egg layers at Downeast Thunder Farm. The numbers have dwindled over time and we now have just two girls in the hen house. … Continue reading

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Owls Among Us

My birthday passed quietly last month. Mom (a.k.a. Granny Gadget) honored it (as she did last year) with a cute little metal owl. Last year’s pair resides by the front … Continue reading

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Early Morning Ruffed Grouse

Gidget gave me an early morning wake-up call. As I stood outside with her in my crocks and jammies, I spied what I first thought was a Mourning Dove in … Continue reading

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It’s Creepy Out There!

I’m familiar with Spring Peppers and I love their sound. However, these Wood Frogs seem to be a new addition to the pond this year. Frankly, I find them a … Continue reading

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Spring Arrives in Maine

Given the unseasonable beautiful weather we’ve been blessed with as of late, the first full day of spring was a rude beginning. A month since we had any measurable snowfall … Continue reading

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Ice Out

Ice out on the pond was last Sunday, March 13th. It seems that after two months of frozen water, the ducks had forgotten all about it. They are definitely creatures … Continue reading

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Still Standing

Sprinter. I didn’t coin the term, but it fits the weather we’ve had lately. Winter one minute, spring-like the next. The switch from below zero to 50 degree temps in … Continue reading

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A Spectacular Sunday

Today was one of those unexpected, spectacular, throw open your windows kind of days. And in mid-October, it could be the last one of the season. It was the kind … Continue reading

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Owl at 3 am

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It was a cold night, and the house was locked up tight. Yet, the call of this owl woke me at 3 am – as loud as if I had … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Greenhouse

The day was sunny and cool, a high of 60. Yet, inside the greenhouse, even with the door and a vent open, the temperature was 80 degrees. I spent the … Continue reading

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Out, Damned Snake!

All summer long this little snake has been lying in wait for me on the porch stoop. He stalks me, incognito on the edge of the cement step, for that … Continue reading

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Giant Sunflowers

This is the first year that I’ve been successful at growing giant sunflowers. I’m fairly certain the chickens sabotaged my prior attempts by eating the seed. In early summer I … Continue reading

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The Power of Chicken Poo

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We abandoned use of the Girls’ chicken run this year after a portion rusted out and we found a raccoon visiting. Our plan is to rebuild a smaller run with … Continue reading

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Monster Garlic

I’ve grown garlic for almost as many years as I’ve lived in Maine. It’s one of those veggies that I consistently have good luck with. Last October, I planted just … Continue reading

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A Slow Sunday

After a crazy day yesterday organizing and overseeing small town festival events, the most adventurous thing I did today was pick wild raspberries. I discovered new batches of them in … Continue reading

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Garden Beauty and Challenges

A burst of consistent 70s during the day the past few days has helped to nudge my garden along. Beauty is taking hold in the garden – at the same … Continue reading

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Greenhouse Tomatoes and Cukes

Today is the beginning of an experiment in the new greenhouse. Inspired by a photo on Pinterest, I started cucumber seeds in hanging pots. These are suspended from a shower … Continue reading

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Evening Routines

We all have our evening routines. This time of year for us, it goes something like this. I head to the greenhouse to visit my plants. I’m battling powdery mildew … Continue reading

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Building the Greenhouse

I’ve been dreaming of and plotting for a greenhouse for years. The inspiration for our greenhouse came from this video on YouTube. After considering a variety of different styles (pvc, … Continue reading

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