As a result of so much rain in such a short period, on top of already wet soil, we now have standing water everywhere. The wonderful lady (a boarder) who supervises all of our pasture matters - rotations, seeding, weeding, etc., is very worried that the pastures are going to get all chopped up since they are so wet. They probably will, and we'll have to do some reseeding once things dry out a bit.
All the horses came in Sunday with beautiful soft coats - the rainwater really seems to make a difference. And they were all washed (mostly) clean - and nobody had rolled in the mud! It's hard to believe, but it was actually too wet to roll! I don't expect we'll escape today.
We have a Killdeer pair nesting in the field behind the barn - the nest is now circled by little red flags to keep the mowers away. I'll try for some pictures of the bird on the nest, and perhaps even the eggs. There are still a lot of spring migrants moving through, including a large flock of White-Crowned Sparrows eating seed off the ground at my house - they're very active, cheerful birds. On second thought, they may have been White-Throated Sparrows - I'll have to pay better attention when I see them next.
And, last but far from least on the wildlife front, as I was sitting eating lunch I felt a tickling on the back of my neck - you guessed it - the first tick of the season. These are the normal, large, dark dog ticks, not the tiny deer ticks that carry Lyme disease. I probably picked it up in the pastures - even though I was wearing tall mud boots and we have no tall grass yet, and even though I'd already had a shower, there it was. Ick, a tick! I was hoping the rain would keep them at bay for a while, but no such luck. We had a huge number of ticks last year on the horses - one day I took 22 off Maisie alone. It looks like the season is starting early! Now I'm going to constantly have that awful crawling feeling . . . !