The fog was so thick this morning that I could hardly see across the Alsea River near the Oregon Coast. Then I heard an elk call from a calf. They sound like a weaker version of the adult cow. So I looked and saw one or two elk making their way across the field making calls to each other like a sonar tracking system. Then the rest of the herd appeared as the fog lightened a little.
The elk keep their newborns hidden for a month or so but we finally saw this herd’s 2 calves today. To see the video, click or tap on the photo or this link: https://youtu.be/AvWTXqUX4dA
This herd has a wide variety of ages.
Here is a yearling bull just starting to grow his antlers. They are just nubs this summer. Next summer he’ll have a set of spikes.
This one looks pretty sickly. You can see her ribs and she doesn’t have much hair.
The rancher’s cows want to chat with the elk but she’s having none of it.
This bull has some interesting antlers.
This is a nice looking bull. Looks like 9 points to me; unless I don’t know which ones count.
Little one asks mom for dinner.