The crows have been cawing at us for a couple of weeks already. There are more of them hanging around this year. This week we have also been hearing the trills of a few familiar summer songbirds that I do not know the name of.
We see hawks like this guy, all the time and more rarely, owls. Bald eagles have been spotted although I have not seen one yet.
If we’re lucky we find ducks eggs in the pasture grass and during mosquito season, dragonflies, like this beauty, are plentiful. Deer are commonplace and shed moose antlers are a sign of larger grazers passing through.
Today, this place is rich with life - and I take notice of it. I like to think that all of these creatures are here because now there is natural energy, food, habitat and aside from natural predators and stock dogs who occasionally try to run them off, there is mainly peace for them here.
This is the wild side of country life that I see as a regular course of living as a grass farmer. Yet the astounding thing is not just to see it, but to know that all of this wild life is living alongside of me, observing me more closely than I do them.
There is no profit behind rabbits, songbirds and dragonflies but paper dollars are not part of the equation in the natural world. Maybe it would do farmers some good to occasionally leave money out of the equation too.