Category Archives: mammals

Antler buds

  Antlers are grown afresh each year, and, for white-tailed deer, April is the month for bucks to start that growth.  Today, some white-tailed bucks stopped by in the rain, and as they tipped their heads down to graze, they … Continue reading

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Shrike strikes

  The shrike is an unusual songbird: it behaves as if it thinks it is a raptor. This behaviour has earned it the nickname of the butcher bird.  The Northern Shrike is an uncommon winter resident here, but there is … Continue reading

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1,500th posting

  This is the fifteen-hundredth posting to the blog, Exploring Kootenay Lake. The oldest was a decade ago in December, 2009. The blog is merely a notebook to which I regularly record delight with my surroundings. Yet, as these notes … Continue reading

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Three mammals

  One does not often see wild mammals during the winter — that is, leaving aside the two staples: red squirrels and white-tailed deer. Each of these were photographed during the recent week in my yard. The third mammal, a … Continue reading

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Muskrat of spring

  Early in the spring, young muskrats start wandering in search of mates and new nesting sites. So, for the next couple of months, muskrats may be seen straying beyond their characteristic waterways. The muskrat sometimes gets a bad rap: … Continue reading

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Attacked deer

  Now and then, I am reminded that I am only able to glimpse at the lives of the wildlife around me. I see feeding, and furtive attempts to cross a road, but that is about it. However, occasional clues … Continue reading

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Birds in the woods

  Yesterday, I was asked if I were a birder. Probably not. I rarely look specifically for birds and rarely submit observations to birding sites. So, I probably don’t qualify. What I do do is to look for interesting things … Continue reading

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White stripes

  I was looking for a White-winged Crossbill. It is a somewhat uncommon visitor to the region — and one I had been challenged to find. I did find one, but, one somewhat obscured by branches. This crossbill doesn’t actually … Continue reading

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Small antlers

  White-tailed deer are a fairly common sight around the Lake. Usually, what is seen is a doe with fawns, and only occasionally a buck on its own. So, it was unexpected to see a buck and a doe browsing … Continue reading

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  When you go for a walk in the woods and see almost nothing except distant ravens, what do you do? You take a picture of a squirrel in a tree.  

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