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The hummingbirds are back, front and back!

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

We have had our hummingbird feeders up for over a month and finally spotted our first hummingbird last week.

Jenifer and I were on the back porch talking and a hummingbird came flying in and got between us and started chirping. I don’t understand hummingbird-speak but it sounded like “I’m back, I’m back” – then it flew off to the feeder and had a drink and then landed in a sweet gum tree in our backyard.

Then I saw the first hummingbird at the feeder on the front porch yesterday evening.

This little piggy

We have an old hen we call Scuffy. She has a bad left leg and a bad right hip and just hobbles around mostly. She stays hidden most of the time so the roosters don’t bother her.

Thursday evening, she was standing in the middle of our driveway and I was on the front porch just watching her.

Then I saw two little brown animals cross the upper driveway trotting toward the woods.

Dang, the piglets had broken out of their pen and were exploring.

We are calling the two piglets Olive and Pickle. I walked up the driveway and started calling to them, and they came out of the woods and followed me back to their pen.

It was pretty cool that they responded to my voice and actually followed me back to their pen. Pigs usually don’t do that.

Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield;
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