It sounded like a scene from Hitchcock's The Birds. The morning before a winter storm blew in and dumped 4 inches of snow on our Iowa farm (a foot of snow in northern Iowa), blackbirds swarmed our place, moving from tree to tree. The racket was incredible and the droppings in the barnyard thick after they left.
Bob has been working cattle, vaccinating calves, pregnancy checking cows. He took these two photos. The first shows Wayne Hunerdosse, 90, in the center. He still helps move cattle through the chute on his farm by Medora, Iowa.
Below, farm dog Bennett keeps an eye on each calf coming through the chute for fall vaccinations.