Category Archives: mammals

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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Squirrel

  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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January goulash

  This is a collection of a few images, none of which had its own posting in January. A flock of geese is seen flying in front of the Purcell Mountains. In case anyone wondered why it is called a … Continue reading

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Post-posting ponderings

  The majority of my postings stand alone. Yet, sometimes following a posting, I continue to ponder it. This is a collection of five further ruminations made this last year. Speeding hare, Jan. 17, 2018 I was struck by the … Continue reading

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December goulash

  This is a compilation of a few images, none of which had its own posting in December. Indeed, December could be characterized as a month of sparse observations. Early in the month, Trumpeter Swans came through, but were often … Continue reading

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Elk browsing

  The elk were browsing. Generally, cervids (the deer family) partition their resources between grazing (root meaning: grass) and browsing (root meaning: buds) so as to limit competition in feeding. Grazers, such as elk, primarily eat grass; Browsers, such white-tailed … Continue reading

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Wildlife visitors

  Birds visit my yard; Deer visit my yard; But Sunday’s visitors were unusual: two coyotes followed by two ruffed grouse.  Upon spotting me, the coyotes quickly vanished into the woods without the courtesy of posing for portraits — so … Continue reading

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On the road

  Last week, as I watched a number of bighorn sheep travel along a highway, I thought about how often I had seen wildlife use our roadways. Certainly highways cut across the landscape and can act as barriers to the … Continue reading

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Bighorn portraits

  A visit to a herd of bighorn sheep yielded two portraits. A ewe and lamb A ram  

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Pika predator

  The pika is generally acknowledged as an adorable creature. Beyond its native cuteness, it is a herbivore and so is appealing because it feeds on nothing but plants. Yesterday, I revisited the pika colony discussed earlier. Snow had fallen … Continue reading

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