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Yearling elk getting their antlers

May 27, 2015

I got out early today to see if the elk were still hanging around where I saw them bedded down last evening.  I didn’t find any newborn calves but there were a couple yearlings showing their new antlers.

elk's first antlers

First antlers on elk calf still in winter coat

Most of the elk have lost their winter coats by now but this calf seems to be lagging behind.  I’ve noticed an adult keeps their coat a little longer than the others too.  I can’t remember if it is a cow or a bull though.  If I see him/her I’ll now know who this little guy belongs to.

tagged elk alllie

Who’s playing peek-a-boo behind ALLLIE?

There are about 35 elk in this herd.  I wonder how many can call Alllie Mom?

elk mom with yearling son

Stand still! I’m still your mother.  There, now you’re ready for your photo.

 Mom keeps an eye on the growth of her son.

male yearling with new antlers

This little bull has shed his winter coat and starting to grow antlers

First Goose Chick!

April 28, 2015

I wonder if the first goose chick is an over-achiever?

canada goose couple with one chick

First Chick Sighting!

This little guy got to go out with mommy and daddy today.  I wonder if siblings are still in their eggs on this warm day?  The geese are headed back to the nest when they see the Great White Egret fishing up ahead.

Great White Egret and Mallard hen

Great White Egret and Mallard hen

So they guide their little one to their opposite side to put themselves between their chick and potential danger.

canada goose, great white egret, mallard

3 varieties of waterfowl co-exist

The chick – okay gosling – will be almost as big as Mom and Dad in just a couple months.

canada goose family

Canada Goose family heading home

We counted a possible 10 nests just from the heads popping up out of the tall grass in the marshes next to Eckman Lake on the Alsea River.

Nesting on Alsea River at Eckman Lake

Nesting on Alsea River at Eckman Lake

There’s a parking area on Hwy 34 where you can view the Canada Goose families at Eckman Lake.  Bring your binoculars and zooming camera to get a close look like these.  I’m sure I don’t need to say this but I will:  DO NOT walk through their nesting field as they will abandon their nests leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators.  And the parents will probably not return next year.


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