Category Archives: mammals

Blaze

  Yesterday afternoon I was visited by a black bear. It was just rambling through yards looking for overflowing garbage cans. Alas, it found little other than a few dandelions at my place. It was amiable, generally ignoring my tagging … Continue reading

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April’s goulash

  This is a collection of April’s pictures that lacked postings of their own. It has been cold and rainy, yet there are summer migrants around. And the insect life has begun. A Western Bluebird couple examines a nest box … Continue reading

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March’s goulash

  This is a collection of March pictures that lacked a posting of their own.¬† Spring migrants arrive in March, although this year, their arrival was delayed by snows so most¬† migrants appeared later in the month. A few weren’t … Continue reading

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Bighorn grazing

  Off a road that joins two of the three ends of the Lake, there is a colony of Bighorn Sheep. Nine females and last summer’s children were grazing on the apparently barren surface. Although the surface looked barren, the … Continue reading

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Coyotes

  Derek Kite provided me with a shot of a coyote taken at the Blaylock beach yesterday. This was one of three travelling along the shore. On the strength of his observation, I went back and looked at my various … Continue reading

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White hare

  It has been about seven years since we last had a flurry of observations of the Snowshoe Hare. Maybe it is enough that the numbers are starting to come up again. I have seen tracks and now Derek Kite … Continue reading

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Wandering Elk

  Recently, I had my first daylight sighting of two bull Elk who sauntered past midmorning with what appeared to be a breeding harem of maybe two dozen cows and calves. During Fall mating season, Elk are polygamous. A mature … Continue reading

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Deer in suspension

  White-tailed deer can bound; mule deer can bound, but can also stot. The bound is a variation of the gallop, but the hind and front legs act together rather than individually. The bound, the gallup, and the stot are … Continue reading

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Magpie feasts

  We do not have many magpies around Kootenay Lake. This bird favours open country, and most of the lake is rimmed with forests. However, if you know where to look, we do have a few. Black-billed Magpies have a … Continue reading

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Midnight bears

  You would think that any self-resecting bear would have bedded down for the season. But, no, despite it being mid-November and snowing, for a half hour around midnight last night, I was kept awake by two black bears foraging … Continue reading

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