Category Archives: mammals

July goulash

  This is a collection of images from this July that did not have postings of their own. The idiom, snake in the grass, implies treachery. In reality, our garter snake is harmless. This Cedar Waxwing seemed intent on expressing … Continue reading

Posted in birds, herptiles, mammals | 2 Comments

Gibson errors

  We drove to Gibson Lake. Gibson Lake is one of the many satellite alpine lakes that hang over Kootenay Lake. On the way there, I was asked two questions: Might we see Indian Paintbrush? Might we see a Hoary … Continue reading

Posted in mammals, wildflowers | 5 Comments

Ground squirrel pups

  Having shown some less-than-cute baby animals, it struck me as appropriate to show some societally more acceptable babies. The first things I ran across were some pups of Columbian Ground Squirrels. Columbian Ground Squirrels are usually found in fields … Continue reading

Posted in mammals | 3 Comments

May goulash

  This is a largish collection of images from May, none of which has had a posting of its own. The House Finch is a colourful western bird that has now spread across the continent. The Killdeer arrives from the … Continue reading

Posted in birds, mammals | 2 Comments

Grazing grizzlies

  The grizzly bear has a fearsome reputation as a predator. It is earned: the bear is strong and combative. But, while it is a carnivore, most of its time is spent eating plants, often just grazing.  A grizzly sow … Continue reading

Posted in mammals | 4 Comments

Marmot suckles

  The pups of the Yellow-bellied Marmot are now out of the burrow.  But, they are still firmly bonded with mommy. Here one pup suckles.  

Posted in mammals | 1 Comment

Vulture feeds

  In the last decade, local observations of Turkey Vultures have roughly doubled. Is this a result of changing observer attentiveness, global warming, or just vulture behaviour? Who knows? For the first half of the decade, the only views I … Continue reading

Posted in birds, mammals | 1 Comment

March goulash

  This is a collection of images from March, each of which lacked a posting of its own. Such observations of nature serve as a balm to my own increasing social isolation. These are creatures oblivious to our present angst. … Continue reading

Posted in birds, commentary, mammals | 7 Comments

Trotting while flagging

  Something struck me as odd about the White-tailed Deer crossing the road. Yet, I couldn’t immediately identify the inconsistency. The doe had raised its tail as a flag to indicate that a predator had been detected. That imagined predator … Continue reading

Posted in mammals | 3 Comments

March marmots

  Yellow-bellied Marmots are out of hibernation. I didn’t see any a few weeks ago, but yesterday I saw over a dozen of them on the talus. The first one spotted lounging on a rock was fairly small, and so … Continue reading

Posted in mammals | Comments Off on March marmots