A Little Ranch update: Tiny birds, new nests and BG.






Two days ago, I tightened Norma Jean’s sun shield.  Her sun shield is the green plastic we have covering the side of her pen that is blasted by the hot Paso Robles sun.  This works GREAT.  With the fan and this shield, she and Dodger have always been very comfortable.

OK, well anyway, I tightened it up just two days ago.  At that time, there was no bird’s nest on the roof.  (Not a good place because the cats can get up there…)

Yesterday, I noted a nest.  IT WAS MADE IN 24 HOURS!  I couldn’t believe it!  They used mostly branches, but they anchored it with a live tree branch, live leaves and horse hair!  I loved it.

I crawled up there and saw no eggs.

BUT… today, I went outside to feed, and the nest was GONE.  Totally.  No sign of it.  Either a cat swiped it off the eave, or the wind.   I couldn’t find any remnants.  My photos are the only remains of the nest.

I’m actually glad because a cat would have gotten the Mama or babies.

Here you can see that they used the twine I had tightened the day before, a live branch with leaves and horse hair.

It sits on the eave of the shelter, which isn’t a good idea since the cats can get on the roof.

Such a perfect, beautiful nest, created in less than 24 hours.

THE BABY BIRD IN THE NEWSBOX.

In case you missed the original story, look here.

I went back to the mailboxes and did see the Mama sitting on her nest again.  So at least I know that I didn’t scare her away forever.

Today, I got the mail and gingerly peeked inside and didn’t see Mama, but I did see one baby peeking out at me.  He’s a little bigger than before.

His nest is inside a newspaper box below mailboxes. His mom flies out everytime anyone gets their mail – which must be an issue… anyway, he is growing! He was chirping and peeping as I got my mail.

BG

A few weeks ago I told you that I separated BG from Finn and Wrigley to make sure she gets all of her herbs for her hives.  The poor girl has continual hives and we have tried just about everything.

She seems to be getting better!  Her coat looks almost normal.  But, I’m holding judgement until high summer comes.

Anyway, she looks pretty good!  I’m so happy for her!


Riding Warehouse
Your purchase with Riding Warehouse through this link helps the Bucket Fund!


Supporting The Bucket Fund through Amazon Smile
Please choose HORSE AND MAN, INC when you shop via Amazon Smile through this link.



HORSE AND MAN is a blog in growth... if you like this, please pass it around!



Man Has Lived Off-the-Grid in the NorCal Redwoods for 50 Years. (Amazing video of what he has created!)






I don’t normally take the time to watch videos… but now is the best time, right?   And I found this topic fascinating.

This guy, 50 years ago, built an entire living complex for himself, his wife and two sons that is self sustaining.  50 YEARS AGO he did this!  The man takes you on a video tour of his beautiful house nestled in the CA redwoods… just amazing.

Click here to watch the video.

Click to watch video

Read the original article here.

Click to read original article.

Here is a full description of the above video and the story of Charles Bello:

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife, Vanna Rae, moved onto 240 acres of redwood forest looking to live a simpler life off the land. They had spent their savings to purchase the land so they got to work building their home themselves. Their first structure was a panelized A-frame that they erected in 5 days (with help from a couple family members). Total cost was $2,800.

The property is a half-hour drive down a dirt road and it was bare land when they arrived so Charles and Vanna Rae built their own infrastructure: roads, bridges and went decades without refrigeration nor phone (they eventually installed PV panels and cabling for phone lines).

After 15 years in the A-frame, they built a cabin in the woods and there they lived for a decade until the trees began to block out their views. In 1991 Charles (who once apprenticed under famed architect Richard Neutra) designed the Parabolic Glass House. With a curvilinear wood roof and two curved walls of windows, the home feels enveloped in trees.

Charles and Vanna Rae built it for $8,500 with timber they milled themselves, using salvaged materials for everything from doorknobs to stoves. The couple relied on photovoltaics, solar thermal and gas for power and a dug-in greenhouse attached to the home provided much of their food. By canning and preserving, they could go for months without going to a grocery store. Their two boys were homeschooled. The couple supported themselves selling Christmas trees.

Nearly all the old growth trees on the property were logged in the early 20th century, but Charles has spent the past half century restoring the land. He and his wife set up the Redwood Forest Institute in 1997 to manage and preserve the forest. He has carefully selected 1,000 trees to be preserved for 2 millenia as the next generation of old growth.

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!


Riding Warehouse
Your purchase with Riding Warehouse through this link helps the Bucket Fund!


Supporting The Bucket Fund through Amazon Smile
Please choose HORSE AND MAN, INC when you shop via Amazon Smile through this link.



HORSE AND MAN is a blog in growth... if you like this, please pass it around!