Though considering how hardware impaired I've been lately, I plugged my new SD card reader in with great trepidation.
Luckily I haven't blown it up yet, so here's a couple of quick pictures, while I've got them.
I'm actually using the wayback machine for these - they were taken back in March, but I was lazy and didn't offload them to the computer. That'll learn me.
A large male pheasant moved into the barns last fall, and has spent the entire winter there, entertaining the pigs and sharing their food. (Hopefully they don't begrudge him the corn. At least they haven't said anything about it, so we presume it was okay with them.)
He moves from one barn to another at will, so there's no knowing where he'll turn up next.
One day back in March, we opened the front door and discovered this:
Actually, when we opened the door, he was headed down the steps, but by the time I got back with the camera, he was already facing back up them. (The house is earth-sheltered, so the front porch is actually below ground level.)
Our theory is that he'd gotten bored with exploring the barns and wanted to check out the house.
The pictures are taken through the storm door, so they're a little bit fuzzy. (I wish I'd been better able to capture his plumage, because he's flat-out gorgeous!)
We weren't leaving the storm door closed to keep him out; the real reason was this:.
"Birrrrrrd... Big birrrrrrd... Want birrrrrrd...."
Though considering Mr Pheasant is way bigger than the cat, I'd have a hard time placing a bet...