I know it has been a while since I’ve written and I apologize for being away so long. Things have been very busy around the farm of late, and no matter how hard I try to get through my list of things to do every day, it just hasn’t been happening. Hence the reason I haven’t written on this blog recently. There is a lot of news to share though.
First of all, for those of you who live near to our farm in Canon City, this Saturday, August 2nd, I will be having my annual Free Market Event. This is like a yard sale, except everything that is out will be given away for free. Please note that this is not a Farm plant sale, but a give away of all sorts of “stuff” (clothing, household items, pictures…those sorts of things) kind of event. I will plan to open about 9am, no earlier, and I will close when I get tired of being open:) If you’re in the neighborhood and you’d like to drop by and shop for free through my items available for adoption, please do come by. At the end of the event, whatever is leftover will be donated to charity.
Other great news is our being a part of the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Colorado Birding Trail. You can go to that website and find us listed as a birding/wildlife viewing location. Desert Canyon Farm – Colorado Birding Trail
What this actually means is that our farm is available by appointment for folks to come to and do some birding or wildlife watching. Here is how it works…
A Farm Tour Walk-About by appointment only Cost is $10.00 for adults, occupied children are $2.00 each.
Self Guilded Walk-About Tour by appointment only Cost is a donation
Driveway Quick Stop to view the Desert Garden where the Curved Billed Thrashers and Quail live does not require an appointment, and is free, but you are not allowed to leave the driveway area around the garden.
Pets are not allowed to visit the farm…Thank you. Please visit the Colorado Birding Trail website for all the specifics on how and when you can visit Desert Canyon Farm to do some birding or wildlife watching.
Below are some birds and other creatures you very well might see when you make an appointment for a tour.
We see all sorts of birds here. This rosy finch is here all year. We also see Pinon jays in winter, Juncos, chickadees…
Ibis occasionally stop over at our ponds. The ponds are also home to red-winged blackbirds and long-tailed crackles.
There are rosy finches, gold finches, sparrows…
Sharp shinned hawk. We have three different types of Grosbeaks that frequent here. There are meadowlarks, bluebirds, robins, shrikes, eastern blue jays and azule buntings seasonally, along with many other different types of birds.
Mallord ducks and geese. We have counted over 70 different types of birds either living or visiting the farm, and I’m pretty sure there are more that we haven’t yet put onto our list.
You might also see some of these or other wildlife while you are here.
Cottontail or Jack Rabbits
Lots of different pollinators, including bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, native pollinating insects.
Foxes, skunks, raccoons, different kinds of squirrels, etc. We have had bears visit, bob cats and coyotes too, although rarely.
Let’s see….other news is that just yesterday I was approved by my publisher to start a new book project as soon as the final details and paperwork is finished. I’m quite pleased and very excited to be working on a new book. I’ll share more details with you in the weeks to come once all the logistical details are ironed out.
Chris is in the thick of seed season now and picking perennial seeds every day. The flower seed crop field is absolutely gorgeous right now!
I guess that is all for now.
With Green Thoughts, Tammi