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Elk Chasing 2 Coyotes

October 8, 2014

About a week ago I saw this elk calf limping behind the rest of the herd.  She was keeping up but just barely.

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Injured Elk Calf

This morning I noticed a cow elk acting eradictly.  I couldn’t see the rest of the herd clearly as most of them were behind some trees.  I’m not sure if this was the herd with the injured calf or not.  But they were all looking across the field at something and the cow would charge down the hill into the field and then turn and walk back to the herd.  As I watched I could see 2 coyotes trying to get close to the herd.  I wonder if they are stalking the injured calf?

I couldn’t believe I had time to get the chase on video!  If you turn the sound way up you can hear, not only the dogs next door, but an elk from the herd calling her praise to the defender.  (I’m only guessing.  I’m not an Elk Whisperer.)

Pied-billed Grebe

September 30, 2014

The Pied-billed Grebes are such cute little diving ducks!

pied-billed grebe

Stubby

They hardly have any tail at all.  These grebes have unusually thick bills to help them crush large crustaceans.  This is a good sign that we have crawdads!

pied-billed grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Pied-billed grebes are “part bird and part submarine”.  “They can adjust their buoyancy and often use this ability to float with just the upper half of the head above the water. They catch small fish and invertebrates by diving or simply slowly submerging.”


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