Category Archives: mammals

Two interesting visitors

  The last week has been bitterly cold with bouts of steam fog and snow. Critters seemed few in number, but it has warmed, and recently there were interesting visitors. Two Trumpeter Swans came along the shore feeding midday. They … Continue reading

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Otters frolic

  I don’t often see river otters; indeed the last one was well over a year ago. However a family of otters visited yesterday morning and spent a half hour on a nearby dock. There were two parents and two … Continue reading

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  Thud. A robin collided with a window and fell to the deck. What followed was unexpected. Soon a Short-tailed Weasel found the robin. Now it wasn’t clear whether the robin was dead or just stunned, but the weasel quickly … Continue reading

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White-tail suckling

  There are many white-tailed deer in the valley and they are, on the whole, quite visible. Yet there are some things that one rarely sees: rutting, mating, birth, and suckling. It is probably not that the deer has a … Continue reading

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Exotropia in bears

  The word, exotropia, is not found in my computer dictionary. But it is found clearly on the web (e.g., wikipedia). It describes the situation were one’s two eyes, rather than looking at the same thing, are deviated outwards. In … Continue reading

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Grizzly & Kokanee

  A (female?) grizzly bear wandered by and began feeding on Kokanee salmon. Before wandering off, it had eaten perhaps a dozen Kokanee. A few days ago, I looked at black bears eating Kokanee. I think the grizzly bear was … Continue reading

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Bears in Park

  Bears have arrived at Kokanee Creek Park. Usually, it is earlier, but while black bears have been here for a few days, they seem to be a bit late this year. Well, it was a good huckleberry season at … Continue reading

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  I rarely see a chipmunk. And it is even rarer that I see one here in the valley. This is to be contrasted with seeing the red squirrel which loudly berates me almost every time I step outside. The … Continue reading

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  This is the time of year to see juveniles. A number have already appeared in this blog, and a few of these appear again with new images. A juvenile Great Blue Heron was fishing in the shallows before sunrise … Continue reading

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Faeces disposal

  This posting about the disposal of a bird’s faeces was prompted by an observation of Cliff Swallows dealing with nestlings. That treatment will be left to the end. Incidentally, many of these pictures, although taken, were never used before. … Continue reading

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