Saturday, January 27, 2007

January Walkie Day

Going for a walk is not a different daily adventure for me - it's routine and I love it! The days that it rains or is much too cold to walk are depressing days for me because I really, really love my walkie!
We walked this morning and mom forget her camera at home, so when we got back she grabbed the Kodak and we went for a second walk on our property. We have 5 acres and 2 ponds and there is always an adventure or a sniff or two that's new around here. It's about 35 degrees here right now and the sun is out and it's just lovely. You can almost feel spring in the aire - oh how I wish! (That's mom talking about spring, not me. I love winter)








I'm over by our small pond in this pic - sniffing for something tasty. Nope, it's all frozen!
























The above photo is the large pond in our back yard. This pond is home to our mute swan Dauby and three Greylag geese - a mom, a dad and a child Greylag. The mom and dad had 4 goslings in 2005. When autumn arrived, 3 of them took off (like they're supposed to) but one stayed behind. I guess he didn't want to leave the cushy life here! He's actually the smart one - he gets fed every day - no hunting for food to stay alive here!!! We also have mallards that come daily for the free hand outs!
This next photo is Dauby and the menagerie of waterfowl up close. We have a device called a bubbler that sits on the bottom of the pond and keeps an area of water defrosted in the winter so that the birds have fresh water to drink and swim in. Depending on how cold the weather gets, their swimming area can either be larger or very small. They actually have a pretty good area for swimming so far this winter.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to see if maybe mom won't want to go for a third walk!!!
Until next time....................
Love ya lots,
Maggie

19 comments:

Bogart said...

THAT IS SOOOO COOOL.... I get to walk at our local lake sometimes and see the ducks there, but if I had them in my own yard.... W-O-W. Can I come live with you???

Love,
Bogart

Sunshade said...

OMG.. I think we (all terrors) need to have a pawty at your place!!! 5 acres, and all the duckies and goosies to chase and eat!!

Um... that is allowed right??

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Maggie,
Your yard is like ours. We have 4 1/2 acres and two ponds. Accept we don't have any pet duckies or goosies. We do get wood ducks in the spring and sometimes mallards and a few canadian geese. We have bubblers for our fish too. Mama has Koi, Shubunkins & Sarassa Comets. Do you have any water lilies in your pond?? We have tons. Mama has to pull the extra out each year and sell them. Watch out for stepping in goose poop, hehehehe!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

T-man said...

Ooh, I like your back yard!! I don't have a back yard, only a balcony, but we go for walks in the woods when the weather is nice. Can I come visit you there? It would be fun chasing the ducks :)

T-man

Sam Iam said...

That looks like an AWESOME walk.What a back yard .sniff-sniff

Lot's of Lick's
Sam

Maggie said...

Yes, Bogie, there's more than enough room for you here!

No Sunshade, you can't eat the duckies and goosies! Who will live in our pond and keep the green solar cover down in the summer?

Wood ducks and water lillies are beautiful Butchy and Snickers!!! We don't have those! And we don't have fancy fish either! boohoo Maybe we can plan an exchange!!!

T-man - you're welcome for a visit ANYTIME!!! You too Sam!

Love ya lots,
Maggie

Scrappy said...

WoW Maggie I love your property how lucky are you to have all that beauty to yourself.

Tail wags
~Scrappy

Boo said...

maggie, you have such a nice place. can i come and live with you? i wanna play play with the geese and birds! hehehe.

wet wet licks

Boo

Cubby said...

Your folks are so nice to the birdies!

Oscar Airedale said...

What a lucky girl you are. I'm sure we'd all LOVE to have a garden like that.

Licks
Oscar x

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Maggie, you got very nice surroundings. We have nothing like that here..sigh.

By the way, Maggie could you email our Mama your address at masyeo@gmail.com

We want to send you something over to you.

Love
Boy n Baby

Joe Stains said...

you have a MUTANT swan? is your pond full of toxic waste?! I saw a movie about that!!

Faya said...

35 degrees ? Are you talking in Farenheit ? How many Celsius ? Does anybody knows how to convert ? Houhouuuuu ? Kiss from Switzerland where we have 0°Celsius....

Wired for Mackie said...

Nice birds, Maggie! Wish I had more birds around here to chase! Really though, I love to chase the squirrels!

Marvin The Dog said...

wow! And I thought I had good places for my walkies!

You are so lucky Maggie!

Love you loads as well!

love and licks Marv xxxxxx

I like reading your walkies stories and I am like you, I hate the days I cannot get out for a good walk!

Toby said...

Look at all those duckies!!! You are SO lucky. I wanna pond just like yours!!!

Tobes

Billy said...

I'm coming to visit Maggie...we could run and have tons of fun!

Hugs from Billy Boo

Girasol said...

all this for you? damm! you are a lucky girl.

Jessie and Jake said...

You are one lucky gal to have soo much land to explore.

We wish we had that much land. We would love to see more pics!

We get depressed too when it is too cold or rainy that we can't walk.