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Nursing Elk

From a distance, in a herd of elk, it is sometimes hard to distinguish the yearlings from the newest calves after they’ve lost their spots.  But there is one time when it is obvious.

Click/tap to watch the video here:  Roosevelt Elk nursing her calf

Roosevelt Elk nursing her calf
Roosevelt Elk nursing her calf

Landscaping Crew – the Elks

The elk landscaping crew was here early this morning.  No, not the organization – the animal

Elk Landscaping Crew
Elk Landscaping Crew

They were making their way up the road – trimming the blackberries off the road.  There’s a yearling bull with a nice start to his antlers.  He’ll just have spikes this year.

elk - smaller spikes
Younger bull – smaller spikes

I’m guessing this one was born later in the season, so his spikes aren’t as big?

elk yard crew
Elk Yard Crew

Looks like they’ll take care of the weeding in the rose bed next.

elk in rosebed
Weeding the roses

I kinda wish they’d do some mowing – or at least eat the dandelions.

elk in apple tree
Trimming up the apple tree

But at least they are trimming the apple tree so it doesn’t smack us in the head when WE mow.

elk smelling apple on tree
This one smells good

Hey!  No snacking on the job!

elk eating apple off tree
Tastes good too!

No wonder I have to use a ladder to get any apples.

elk calves - spots almost all faded
Spots are fading

These are the twins.  I think one eats better than the other.  I can just barely make out some spots on the one in the foreground.

We tried to find elk to show our friends who were visiting this week.  The times when we did see them, there was no place to pull off the road to watch them.  Wildlife doesn’t really show up on our schedule.  It’s like going to a mall once a year to find a great sale – you may see one and you may not.

These photos were taken near Blackberry Campground on the Alsea River near Waldport, Oregon.

Elk Rodeo

The elk were traversing the ranchers fields today with their calves.

elk act strange around electric fence
Acting strange around the electric fence

Look at the ears pointing down towards the electric wire.  They all hesitated but eventually the adults jumped the electric fence and the calves ducked under.

elk cow with calves crossing fence
I’ll wait for you kids as long as you don’t take too long.

We saw 5 elk calves in all.  The adults jumped this fence without hesitation but it isn’t the kind that a calf can’t duck under and is too high for them to jump.

She makes it look so easy
She makes it look so easy

I guess they took too long.  Are elk related to reindeer? hahaha

elk calves and cattle
I’m gonna ask this big black elk with the pretty earrings where to cross the fence

The calves look for help from the neighbors.

Cattle chase elk calves
Hey! Where ya goin’? We just want to play!

Suddenly it didn’t seem like such a good idea.

Elk calves run from cattle

One tried to go through the fence (above) but couldn’t get through.  The smallest one finally punched through a hole somewhere else.

Elk calves jumped the lower barbed wire fence
Free at last!

Then they got cornered by the cattle.  I thought they’d try to squeeze through the gate bars but 2 of them jumped the lower barbed wire fence.

2 elk calves running down road towards mom
Free At Last!

Then they jumped back over to get to their moms in the field on the left.  They were all calling for mom with that pitiful baby elk call.  All but the mom of the littlest calf just kept going.  I guess they knew their calves would eventually figure it out.

Nappy Time for Elk Calves

The calves are napping more out in the open now.

elk calf lying down
Not so shy

Their moms were grazing with other females but I zoomed in on the calves ’cause they’re too cute to resist.

elk calf trying to hide in grass
2nd calf a little more shy

Not hiding in the tall grass today.  But this one is still trying to be as low to the ground as possible when she sees us.

elk calf crouching
trying to be invisible

Then, when we make a noise, she crouches her head down even lower.