Our winter season visitors are back! The Pied Harriers are very visible, flying around the cottage. This time there are three of them. The mother and immature duo are now a trio of the mother, an adult male (we think it’s Tali, all grown up now) and another immature bird. The trio is much better at keeping the crows at bay. We haven’t noticed them being harassed by the crows.
Could this really be Tali? He seems to be keeping to his old habit of hanging out on the bamboo fence. The telltale string on the leg is gone. Maybe he was able to remove it himself?
The two Pied Harriers that we spotted in August are still around and appear to be settling in for the winter. They are migrants from Amur Valley in Eastern Russia or NE China. They look so comfortable in our place that we gave them names. We named them after famous beaches in Batangas.
It has been raining more than is usual for this time of the year. It’s good for the plants and it also brings out the dragonflies!
3. Baby birds
We’ve been noticing flocks of munias. Upon closer inspection, they are young Chestnut Munias! I always thought we should have more munias in our grassland areas. Maybe now we will!
4. Interesting plants
I am still wondering what this is. The yellow ball is soft and looks like a tiny cauliflower.
5. Spending time with loved ones
We appreciate it a lot when people make the effort to visit us in our place! It’s a long drive out from the city!
6. Eating locally and seasonally
It’s nice to see that there’s more than just mango and dragonfruit growing in our area. There’s also lansones, dalandan, mandarin (big dalandan), rambutan, guyabano, banana, and santol.
7. A new bird for the Farm Bird List!
We had new avian visitors on the same day as our human visitors! Tonji and one of my cousins saw two Ruddy Kingfishers!
Our guests also got to see:
1 Philippine Duck flying near pond #1
2 Pied Harriers circling around the pond area
2 Grass Owls flying in front of the house as the sun went down
8. The magical firely tree
Shortly after the sun set, we turned off the lights and brought our guests to the garage to watch the big Albizzia procera tree slowly get lit up by fireflies.
9. Catch and release
On our way home from the farm in August, I caught and released a big gecko that suddenly appeared on our windshield.
Two weeks later, I caught and released a small snake from our bathroom.
What will we catch and release next?
10. New projects
We never run out of new projects! I think that’s what makes having a farm so fun! This time we are designing a new entrance.