On my way home at night I stop and water the herd again.
The past few evenings it has been -10 degrees as I am putting the hose into the tanks.
And the past few evenings the herd has been waiting for my arrival.
It always seems like a quiet get together for group cocktails, along with a little gossip and some bar snacks (cinnamon covered graham crackers).
This particular evening they lined up and took turns as the tank filled and then went back to the roll of 2nd cut hay in their hay rack.
The herd seems to do everything by color.
First the all black cows drink and then the red cows drink and then the red calves drink and lastly the black and white heifers drink.
Every night the lineup is the same.
I love standing there in the freezing stillness, looking at the moon and hearing the cows slurp their water.
Then I hear the crunching of the snow as they head back to their hay.
It is a wonderful routine until my toes turn numb.
Just before I leave I sometimes hear a coyote howling off in the other fields.
It reminds me how rural we are and how this area is very conducive to healthy wildlife.
Not a day goes by that I do not see a fox, eagle, porcupine, deer, hawk, turkey or...did you read about the surprise encounter of an ermine Mavis had last week ? Go read it. Its 2 posts below this one. I got a real good education on that one. Every animal I meet becomes my personal teacher.
I am still waiting for the neighborhood moose to show up here with the herd some morning.
What is the most unexpected wildlife you have found on your property or with your livestock ?