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 was likely a female. Female marmots average about two-thirds the weight of males. 

This is a marmot’s time to mate. Here a male is attempting to mount a female, but she just ran off.

A male basks in the midday sun.

 

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