Sheep Herds – Sun Valley’s Backyard Wildlife

Sun Valley, ID
No need to go to Ireland, just drive to Idaho!

Creekside surrounded by sheep in the wild brings a nature lover like me to tears!

A Wonderful Suprise on an Afternoon Drive…

I traveled to Ireland with a goal to take pictures of beautiful sheep. However, sheep in Ireland are spray painted by their owners for identification purposes. Sadly, I did not get my photos of sheep in Ireland.

One afternoon, we went for a drive outside of Sun Valley proper and accidentally ran into a herd of sheep. My husband was not impressed when I leaped out of the car and said: “I’ll be back”. I ran with the herd for about an hour. I followed the herd into a creekside valley and chatted with the sheepherder (wondering how I can get that job?). I sat down by the creek and the herd surrounded me with their “Baas” and funny sheep noises. A pure joyful moment.

Joyful Moment in Time
Herd on the Run

Backyard Birds

Finches at bird feeder
House Finches outside my home office window.

Wish I could just sit and watch my birds all day and who says dreams don’t come true.

– COVID19 has given me the opportunity to enjoy & document my Seattle backyard birds, M. Pauley

The Black Eyed Junko

The House Finch

Note the yellow under the wings!

Northern Harrier Gray Hawk

Shows up every day in the early evening for a “Fly-bye”