One of the simple pleasures of life on “The Farm” is watching the chickens “free range.” It is impossible not to laugh at the sight of a running chicken; they seem to be lifting tiny skirts as they dart from bush to tree, eating ticks. They run rather than walk—as if the sky is falling.The little group always stays close to the horses, content being near the safety of their coop. That is until the other day when the phone rang and I heard those dreaded words, “Your chickens are here.”
It seems that they decided to move in with the neighbor who appreciates them the least. It puzzles me why chickens would scale a 6-foot-tall fence to visit a swimming pool and tennis court. The chickens have acres without barriers to run around on here. I guess my chickens aspire to the Hamptons lifestyle.
Imagine the adventure they had as they frightened the gardeners and upset the homeowners. I am a little surprised the gardeners did not simply shoo them back through the gate. Perhaps they thought their employers had taken to chicken farming? Quite the trend in the Hamptons!
Sadly for them, the chickens must now remain in their coop because there is no training them.
On Saturday, August 17, starting at 8 a.m., the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society is leading a trip to the islands of nearby Moriches Inlet. Migrating shorebirds can be viewed along the beautiful bayside shoreline.
The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society’s holds field trips, bird counts and meetings where members can learn more about birds. Membership costs only $20 and includes six issues of their newsletter, The Osprey. For more information, please call John McNeil at (631) 281-2623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring your dog to Outdoor Movie Night at the Bideawee Adoption Center, located at 1800 Old Country Road in Westhampton, on Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. The flick “Monsters, Inc.” will be screened at 8:30 p.m.
For a $5 donation you get a bottle of water, a movie snack for you and your dog, and a bowl and blanket. Please confirm you reservations online at www.bideawee.org/movie or call (866) 262-8133.
The annual Lobster Bash organized by the folks over at Maureen’s Haven is being held on Thursday, August 22, at Dockers Waterside Restaurant and Marina on Dune Road in East Quogue. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and this year the bash will boast a country western theme.
Soap opera star Susan Lucci and her son, TV star Andreas Huber, will serve as the honorary chairs. Tickets start at $175 per person and are available by calling (631) 727-6831. Maureen’s Haven is a nonprofit organization that provides food and shelter for the East End’s homeless population.
Summer is a great time for a full moon night hike. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge has a program that can help you identify animal sounds and lend even you a pair of night-vision goggles. The walk lasts about 90 minutes, and reservations are required.
The next hike is set for Monday, July 22, at 8 p.m. There is no charge for Refuge members; the fee is $5 for nonmembers. This event is open to those 8 and older. Call (631) 653-4771 if you are interested and to reserve a spot.