Saturday, December 15, 2018

Snowy Moose

The moose have come back. Hunting season is over, and the SNOW is forcing them to look  harder for food. Our wooded area attracts them. They don't seem to have discovered this year's compost pile, or the newly planted orchard.

They are interested in the chickens and often stop to lean their heads over the chicken fence. One day I was cleaning the coop, heard an unfamiliar sound, and looked up to see three bull moose - one interested in the chicken yard and two locking antlers and waltzing back and forth.  We have had up to five moose in the yard at the same time.

Yuuki doesn't run when let out to do her business in this cold. She hurries to get back inside. She started whining, so Stacia put her leash on her and let her out. GREAT foresight... Yuuki began to pull her through the snow towards these interlopers.
Moose 1 and Moose 2 
 As she pulled leaves off the branch, the snow showered her. She'd stop and shake her head. It was cute to watch. It won't be so cute when they wander over to the orchard. We do have it fenced. With so many other options in the yard, maybe they'll leave the fenced trees alone.

I hope we have lots of moose when our out of state visitors are here! I never get tired of watching them - unless they are playing in the garden!

We are six days away from the darkest day of our year.....I am excited to start gaining light each day. I do love the seasonal changes up here.

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