Category Archives: mammals

Raccoon feeder

  The feeder wasn’t intended for raccoons. It is for birds, specifically finches. Around humans, raccoons normally are nocturnal. Alas, the bird feeder is not left out at night, so a racoon kit has stopped by during daylight hours. Kit: … Continue reading

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May goulash

  This is a collection of images from this May, none of which has had a posting of its own. As spring is upon us, this collection is diverse, but hardly exhaustive. Of our three regular hummingbirds, the Calliope is … Continue reading

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Mule deer

  I see perhaps 20 to 50 white-tailed deer for every mule deer spotted. This was not the deer frequency during pre-settler times when mule deer dominated. But, white-tailed deer moved in with the settlers. Certainly, we now have both … Continue reading

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Buddies with buds

  Three months ago, I posted Antler rhythms, a discussion with pictures of the white-tailed deer’s annual cycle of: antler buds, velvet covered growth, hardening and loss of velvet, and antler loss. Concluding it was a picture of a buck showing … Continue reading

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Grizzly feeding

  When May arrives, I like to see if I can spot grizzly bears feeding as they attempt to restore their weight following hibernation. Doug Thorburn beat me to it. He sent me some shots of grizzlies at the north … Continue reading

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Coyotes in forest

  I am used to seeing coyotes, if I see them at all, as solitary predators. Occasionally, I have seen two hunting together. However, this weekend was the first time I had seen them in a pack. It was probably … Continue reading

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April goulash

  This is a collection of April’s images, each of which lacked a posting of its own. A Tree Swallow couple prepares to do housekeeping. The Northern Pintail is most often seen in the spring and fall as it migrates … Continue reading

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Marmot portraits

  I visited Marmot Village hoping to get pictures of residents doing something interesting. No such luck — the word, torpidity, came to mind. The yellow-bellied marmots would watch the watchers, but they barely budged. If you ignore the marmot’s … Continue reading

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Deer, ducks, mud, & leaps

  Two white-tailed deer stopped by in the predawn light and entranced me with a display of leaping. First, one deer needed to greet the new day with some matutinal micturition.  They then began to leap. At first, I thought … Continue reading

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Antler rhythm

  Antlers have a relentless rhythm. HORNS: Antlers are not horns. Antlers regrow annually; horns are permanent. Antlers grow at the tips; horns grow at the base. Antlers branch; horns do not. Over the period of a year, antlers bud, … Continue reading

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