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Nature creates a way

by ohiosamishcountry.com

Look closely at the picture—there’s more than just some pretty river bottom stones to see. Barely visible to any passerby, the Killdeer nest in the center of the photo contains four precious eggs. Killdeer chicks are one of the few fowl that literally leave the egg within minutes and are off and running. Looking like little cotton balls on tiny sticks, hey scurry after their ever-vigilant parents, following them to safety.  Should a predator, including some curious human, get too close to the nest or the chicks, at least one of the adult birds will call loudly and pretend to have an injured wing. Staying just ahead of whatever is attempting to catch it, the adult craftily lu ...

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This Is Our View - May

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It’s time for morel mushrooms! Spring rains and hot, humid days bring out the annual fungi that are so delicious simply sautéed in butter.These springtime delicacies are worth their weight in gold. Well, maybe not gold, but definitely silver. Elusive and a challenge to find, morel mushrooms are a springtime delight that brings out the most determined hunters.At the weekly Farmerstown auction, bidders were vying against one another to the tune of $70 per pound. While that seems like a high price to pay, consider what it takes to hunt for these tiny morsels. Often climbing over uneven, muddy terrain, traversing around or over fallen trees, f ...

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This Is Our View

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By Nancy LembkeIn the fall they seem to slip out of their summer colors of bright yellow and distinctive black and put on dull, humble shades of brown and tan feathers. Throughout the winter months they quietly blend in with the brown Sparrows and gray Juncos.  In Ohio, the Gold Finch seems content to melt into the dreary background of the darkness of winter.But now that spring has arrived, these tiny resident birds suddenly burst upon the scene in their brightest apparel, seemingly challenging even the earliest yellow dandelions in the yard. The huge bird-feeder station behind the Inn is a place of constant activity. When we say "huge", we aren't exaggerating. It measures 4x8 fEEt ...

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This is our "View"

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Occasionally we are asked questions from our guests about the “farming animals” of Ohio’s Amish Country. It’s always fun to share the things we’ve learned and today we would like to share a little about the Draft Horse. There are 5 “official” breeds of Draft Horses; Belgian, Percheron, Clydesdale, Shire, Suffolk and Paint. Just like there are many different breeds of dogs in the “Working Class” of the dog world (like Sheep Dog, Police Dog, etc), the Draft Horse is the “Working Class” of the horse world. Often called “Gentle Giants”, these behemoths were bred to assist the farmer in the fields with plowing ...

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GOING, GOING - but not quite GONE

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Ruby-Throated Humming Birds.  They arrive each year on May 1st.  One can almost set a "calendar clock" because of their punctuality.  The first to arrive at A Valley View Inn are two pairs, followed within a few days by another pair or two.  From past experience, we know that we have to have at least two feeders filled & hanging on the back deck.  Two aren't necessary for the amount of feed needed - it's just that they are very "territorial" and one feeder can cause too much competition.
 
As the season progresses, the females begin nesting while the males vie over who gets "seniority rights" over each feeder.  Within a few weeks it is necessary for u ...

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This is our View

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This is our View
“Majestic” seems to be the most appropriate word to describe the Bald Eagle that sat high in a leafless tree near Fender’s Fish Hatchery. He was too far away for us to observe what he was looking at, but one could easily surmise that he was attentive to any movement of a fish near the surface of the pond directly below his perch.  Knowing that he had more time to wait than we did, we continued on our journey.
 
Depending on the season, in our own back yard we have noted Junco, Robins, Blue Bird, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Rufus-sided Towhee, many varieties of woodpeckers, including the Pileated Woodpecker, Chickadees, Warbler ...

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November: A seasonal doorway for Ohio

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By Nancy Lembke
The relentless wind and rain strip the colored leaves from the maple trees, but the brown leaves cling tenaciously to the oak trees. Fire bushes proudly display their appropriately named fire-red leaves a while longer, but within another week or two, they will also succumb to a season of rest.
Across the hills, one can see rows of corn shocks looking like soldiers standing tall as sentinels and guardians of their domain. Small field mice find shelter and food within their silent stalks. In the twilight hours of the evening, whitetail deer nibble on the fodder as they wander across fields to find safety in the woods.
The hummingbirds have long-since begun their migration so ...

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Amish barn raising photos

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By: Gwen Miller
Back in 2002, I came across a pretty neat find at my grandfather’s auction in Monroeville, Ohio.  My grandfather, Clemens Smith, owned a large dairy farm until he passed away at the age of 92.  For now, I’m going to digress a little from that story but I’ll come back to it in a bit, in order to ask you a question:  Have you ever seen an Amish barn raising?I have lived in Amish country my entire life and I’ve never seen an Amish barn raising.  My husband, who grew up Amish, has been to some in the 1980s and I heard word of one going up near Benton Ohio a few years back, after a fire burned down the original barn.Now you might ask, & ...

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Swiss Festival harks back to settlers...

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For those of us living in the Sugarcreek area and the eastern part of Holmes County, it’s that time of year again – Swiss Festival time! It’s always scheduled to start the last week in September. Most of the natives have Swiss ancestry, so it’s a celebration of the Swiss culture of the area that made Sugarcreek the “Little Switzerland of Ohio. It’s also the unofficial kick-off to the the fall season in Ohio’s Amish Country.Our Swiss backgroundWhen western Tuscarawas county was first settled in the early 1800s, many of those first settlers were of German and Swiss descent. Most of those immigrants were expert farmers bringing their knowledge to the Am ...

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Ever dreamed of having a big year?

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Ever dreamed of having a big year? If you’re an avid bird lover like the young Amish lady named Sue who works at Sojourner’s Lodge, you definitely do! All I have to do to see her eyes light up is ask her which birds she has spotted lately.  One thing many visitors to Holmes County might not know about the Amish is that quite a few of them are bird enthusiasts.  It is truly amazing to me, an amateur birder at best, how Sue is able to identify a wide variety of birds by sight and sound. Recently Sue visited Funk Bottoms, a place in Wayne County.  When asked what birds she saw there, she exuberantly began listing bird after bird.   Last week she saw:  R ...

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