Category Archives: mammals

Airfreight

  By being able to fly, birds have an unparalleled ability to move from place to place. But, can they carry luggage along with them? Birds have few options: carry something with their feet; carry it in their bills or … Continue reading

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April goulash

  April has been a month of sparse postings, but not one of sparse observations. This collection shows some of the sightings that did not have a posting of its own. A male Pintail Duck wanders past. The oversized bills … Continue reading

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March goulash

  It has been a half-year since I offered a month’s-end goulash: a collection of images, none of which had had a posting of its own. Starlings, an invasive and aggressive species, are not my favourite birds. Yet, when they … Continue reading

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Progress rejection

  At first I was bothered by the way our culture of discardable shipping containers had sullied the talus. Then I thought, maybe the marmots have merely installed lighting in their dens. Finally, I was struck by the whimsy of … Continue reading

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Wondrous wander

  There are worse ways to spend the better part of a day than wandering through nature. Here are highlights of things seen two days ago. Turkey Vulture Vultures return to this area mid-March, but I would not have expected … Continue reading

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March marmot

  In the dying months of winter, I watch talus for the emergence of Yellow-bellied Marmots from their long hibernation. For many years, that first observation was in March, but then it began to shift until it was well into … Continue reading

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Den failure

  I normally don’t post failures to my blog — there are just too many of them. And who wants to see a blurry picture where a coyote, say, has just left the frame?¬† However, this posting is about a … Continue reading

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Two mammals

  A glance along the list of recent postings (to the right) might lead one to suspect that this blog is classist: biased towards Class Aves; discriminating against Class¬†Mammalia. The list shows many postings about birds, but only a few … Continue reading

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Speeding hare

  I did not realize how amazingly fast a hare can run. I watched two dogs chase a hare across a snow-covered field. The dogs were vastly outclassed. Now, I am not a fan of dogs running free in the … Continue reading

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Winter grazing

  Grazing herbivores regularly battle snow, which limits their winter access to the grass below. They paw at the snow with hooves to open a hole and then stick their heads down and feed. I had not noticed White-tailed Deer … Continue reading

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