Pioneer Woman at Heart

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One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


The recent cold temperatures are bringing out the hawks, looking for food.  This one landed on our goat fence.

This photo was taken from inside the house.  From the house I could not tell what animal it was, and the barn cats often sit in the exact spot, watching for rodents. 

 The hawk just sat there until I went out to snap a photoIt took off into the woods just as I got the second photo.  Had "bird man" Jesse seen it?  He would have chased it off much sooner than me, ha ha!  



Kim said...

It a good thing the ladies were not out free ranging!!

Susan said...

That is a beautiful hawk. I love all birds, but, having recently lost my 'peanut' bantam hen to a hawk, I only love them at a very safe distance far away. Like on your fence!

Liz said...

We have had hawks in the yard lately too!Some are just beautiful! But our big problem lately has been coyotes. They were chasing a rabbit through the yard Sunday. Last night they were howling like crazy. And just last week one killed someones small dog in a nearby town. Make me nervous letting my little yorkie poo out!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Kim that day it was too cold to let the ladies out, thankfully. They were inside, but I had the barn doors open too.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Susan, I worry about my hens all the time. They have many trees to hunker under and they can get inside the barns to hide too, but I'm always looking out.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Liz, my one friend lives in an area were coyotes are a huge problem. One year we could here them during kidding season, but didn't see any.

RB said...

Having chickens when younger, all hawks were chicken hawks to us. Being older now, I know better, but I still can't tell one from another.
They're beautiful animals with a job to do, and I hate to kill them or chase them off, but if one has small pets or livestock, then it's our job to keep them safe, and that includes running off anything that would hurt them, including these beautiful birds.
They're a sight to see though, aren't they.
God bless.

RB said...

For those with coyotes, foxes and such, we have those here too, and that's why none of our animals is ever allowed to run totally lose.
When outside they're safely in outdoor kennels similar to rabbit hutches, so they can get fresh air and sunshine, safely from predators.
God bless.