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Written by Sue,Wednesday, April 13, 2011                                                                                             sunny, 78 degrees 
A very interesting walk today.. This Cattle Egret, info. site here was busy forging for dinner. They follow cows, horses and other animals eating insects that the animals stir up while walking...Hmmm very interesting. I kinda think this is  a female,
The Egret thought I was harassing  so ...
It decided to go visit the horses, I followed, she thought I was harassing her again so..
she flew to the fence post and decided to let me photograph her, and decided to stand on one leg. , and when she thought I shoud be finished, she saw..
Mr P. on a tractor discing and she just knew there would be more delicasies so she
Went to visit Mr. farmer,...  said photographer followed her, Miss Egret flew, I walked..... I was told by Mr P. that she indeed had found a lot of insects.
she says "enough is enough", and flew back to the cow pasture., she didn't have to worry, I had had enough too.
Said photographer went back to painting, we have a deal Mr P. sands, I paint. all sixteen sections,gate, and fence posts, two coats.lol Why or how do I get myself in these situations, I will never know.
And so the story continues.
until next time,


Julie Harward April 14, 2011 at 12:11 AM  

That is a good way to paint a fence! And what a sweet thing to have that beautiful bird along, :D

The Wife of a Dairyman April 14, 2011 at 1:18 AM  

I had no idea Egrets follow around other animals like that until now! Thanks:) Great photos capturing that!

Trish @ Lily-Rose Cottage April 14, 2011 at 3:31 AM  

You got some nice shots of it Sue :-)
I wonder if you could spraypaint your fencing?
I know one thing - I'd rather paint than sand any day lol!
bless you..Trish

Vee April 14, 2011 at 7:00 AM  

Lots of bird stories in Blogdom now. This one is cute with you in hot pursuit of one little egret. Sounds as if she does a lovely job on the farm. Have you read Sharon Lovejoy's latest entry about the hummingbirds? You two remind me of each other, you bird pests you!

That fence is going to look great. I'm glad that you have some nice shade to work in and that you don't have to paint it while it's still up. That looks much easier...still hard...but easier.

A great Thursday to you...

gnee @ Singing With Birds April 14, 2011 at 7:29 AM  

Thanks for sharing your walk. I had a good time and learned a lot. Your images are so beautiful and your storytelling superb!

Karen April 14, 2011 at 7:41 AM  

Love the new header..but miss the porch view a little bit tooo.. cute pictures..and you really dont have to go any where for entertainment around your place,, Im like you ,, I just love watching the animals.. isnt that great..
love ya my friend.. have a great weekend..

Happy@Home April 14, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

I so enjoy reading about your days on the farm. Interesting information about the egret. I see them here by the lake, but had no idea they followed the animals like that.
Your fence will look so nice when you are all finished, but it sounds like a big job. It looks like you found a nice way to get the painting done with less back strain.

Farm Girl April 14, 2011 at 9:50 AM  

Well at least you aren't painting the porch, right? When I lived at home we would have great big flocks of cattle egrets that followed our cows too. They are a funny lot as they really don't want to be around people. The cows didn't even seem to mind when they would get on the cows backs.
I think they are really nice pictures.
I enjoyed taking a walk with you today.
Sorry I had to leave before you started painting though. :)

Janette@Janette's Sage April 14, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

Too much fun and how relaxing...I wish I could just set on your porch and watch those animals...I would even enjoy painting the fence.
Thanks for sharing, this city girl had so much fun reading and enjoying your pictures.

Debbie April 14, 2011 at 10:10 AM  

I am really going to enjoy glimpses of your day like this...LOVED this. Such good pics. I think I would really enjoy painting that fence, and you seem to have a good method for doing so set up. OH! and btw, love the pic of Mr. P on his tractor... ; ) Have a good day! HUGS

Farmchick April 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

I had fun visiting your blog! :) Hope you can stop by my farm for a visit.

A Hint of Home April 14, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

All this Spring cleaning, painting and freshening up is about to do me in. lol
I pulled a muscle in my back yesterday dragging one of the vacs up the stairs. I moving but more slowly today as I clean windows.
This old gray mare ain't what she use to be. lol
Your egret is a hoot. You got some good pics of "her".
Don't over do with all that painting. You might wind up like me. lol

Jenni April 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM  

We call those "cow birds" in Texas, but I think "Cattle Egret" sounds a lot better and more dignified... one thing for sure, that is a smart bird! And how funny that it got agravated at you for being the "bird paparazzi" and taking pictures!

I, too love the new header photos... but, y'all do have the most inviting, beautiful porch, as well!

Have an awesome day,

Happyone : ) April 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

Enjoyed your walk with the egret. How nice of her to let you get so many good pictures of her.
Hope you got your fence painted.

The Quintessential Magpie April 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM  

Hi, Precious!

I love the egret and the story! I had a white heron land in the yard the other day, and before I knew it, the thing had eaten my lizzard! I wanted to go rescue it, but I thought better of it and let the heron enjoy its lunch. I mean, it is the food chain and all. But I felt terrible for that poor, poor lizzard. Gave me nightmares! Well, the pictures did at any rate, because I had to photograph the bird. I didn't realize it until I zoomed what the bird was doing! ;-)

I think painting is the better end of that job, girl!

And that's a cute picture of Mr. P on his John Deere!

Love you...


Sheila :-)

Christine April 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM  

Egret...hummmm, never heard of type of bird.
You must of gotten your exercise in for the day, chasing after her.

Do share, when you are finished with the fence.

Elena April 14, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

Dear sweet Sue, I just loved your post on home. I too love the scent of my home and is so comforting when I come home. I also love your pictures following the bird. So cute! Take care and special blessings to you today!

Debbie April 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM  

I was just driving along my country commute and noticed a field of cows with their little egret friends bopping along behind them.

(Around here, they just call them "cow birds". We're kind of hick like that.)

I almost stopped the car and snapped a picture because the sight was so whimsical to me.

And then, I came HERE and got a whole adventure without even stopping the car. I love blogland!

Debbie April 14, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

By the way, I just read the Tuesday post that I had missed.

I know you shut off comments, but I wanted to tell you that if there was ONE word that I would use to describe this blog and the feeling that I get when visiting here, it would be HOME.

Seriously and sincerely.
Just wanted you to know.

Ms.Daisy April 14, 2011 at 11:16 PM  

You really captured the adventures of that Egret even though HE clearly didn't want to be bothered. LOL! I think you and Mr. Farmer have a good thing worked out here...he sands and you paint. I hate sanding, so I think you got the better deal! :)


thesedaysofmine.com April 15, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

If I've ever known about cattle egrets, I'd forgotten. (Growing up across the highway from a dairy farm, I probably was aware of them at some point.)
that's funny that you followed her all over the place!
Good luck with your painting!

LDH April 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM  

You and Mr. P have such a precious marriage and work together so well.

The egret might like your husbands job just a little more than the photographers :)

Vintagesouthernlife April 15, 2011 at 10:42 PM  

I enjoyed coming along on your walk with your little friend.
I know your fence will look lovely but that sounds like quite a job.
Have a great week-end, Annette

Nellie's Cozy place April 16, 2011 at 7:27 AM  

Morning Sue,
I loved walking with you this morning, and with all your furry and feathered friends as well. We have
Egrets here too, they are such pretty birds, he indulged you well!
Picket fences, they are gonna be gorgeous all prettied up with their new paint job.
Love your new blog header and loved your long post on the home. Wonderful, and I so concurr with you. It was great and I loved reading about it, and look forward to your daily (if possible) journals. What a great way to keep in touch with your family and share with us bloggy friends as well.
Isn't that what we love about blogging is knowing other people and how they live.... daily. At least I do! and I do love all the blogs about decorating and tablescaping and all the other wonderful things that are offered in blogland, just a myraid adventure and so much inspiration of any kind that you want.

Thanks for coming by TT yesterday and for your encouraging comments,
they always bless me hon. You are such a blessing to me.
You have a great week,
Love and Blessings, Nellie

Lori April 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

Lovely photos on the post and the ones in your header as well. Love your egret story too. Thanks for stopping by 'heres a hand'.

Cheryl April 16, 2011 at 11:54 PM  

Sue, I just LOVE your new header...a lovely patchwork of your farm and family and all things "Sue". :-)
And enjoyed following the egret around with you. Fun! :-)

Carol April 17, 2011 at 7:21 PM  

Have a blessed weekend!
I can't figure out how to follow you.....but I'm not the most techologically gifted..

Heidi Pocketbook April 17, 2011 at 8:52 PM  

Very interesting bird--not familiar with that species and their interesting habits!

So thankful you and yours escaped injury and damage.

Blessed Easter week to you, Sue.

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