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Even wildlife need to bathe

Otters seem to have a fluid motion even when they are on land.  These photos were taken in Tidewater just below Blackberry Campground east of Waldport, Oregon.  (Sorry if I caught an intimate moment.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell.)

river otters on alsea river
3 otters

 Watch the video of them taking a dirt bath.  When the 3rd otter comes onto land you can see a little newt scurrying out of the way.

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Great Blue Heron Meal Rescued

I was wandering around the Alsea River at low tide today; just exploring and being fascinated by how time can shape a rock.

rock erosion
Small rock over time makes hole bigger

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A Great Blue Heron flew in and landed upstream looking for lunch.

great blue heron
Great Blue Heron

Then I stumbled onto a land-locked lamprey eel.  Hhhmmm…must be what he’s looking for?

lamprey eel
Lamprey Eel

Upon Don’s suggestion, I tossed him over to another pool so he could escape into the river.

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Sorry, Mr Heron, but I don’t mind if you eat this little guy:

garter snake
Garter Snake

Who Goosed the Merganser?

Common Mergansers are voracious eaters.  These 4 siblings know just where to find the fish in the Alsea River.

merganser siblings
Siblings compare notes

I didn’t see them catching any crawdads but there were plenty of mudcats, or sculpin, being swallowed.

2 Mergansers each have a fish
2 Mergansers each have a fish

It actually looks like a terrible way to die for a fish.

It takes a while for the duck to get it into the right position to swallow so the fish doesn’t spread its fins.

merganser with fish
That’s a big tale to swallow

I keep wanting to lend him my opposable thumbs.

I watched, several times, as one duck would come up under another who had a fish.  It looked like they’d try to scare it into dropping it.  In this video, though, I think one is trying to grab it from the other.  I’m not sure who won but the fish clearly did not.  I choose to believe the first duck hung onto his food and got to finish his meal.  But I’m an optimist and don’t like thieves…even if they are just siblings at the dinner table.

3 Elk Calves

There were 3 elk calves in this small Roosevelt Elk herd today.  I read that a calf is fully weaned by the end of the summer…about 2 months old.  And a calf will gain 250-300 pounds in the first year.  As quickly as they gain weight, maybe these 2 calves are only a couple weeks apart?  I’ve got more questions than answers!

Calves find Mom by smell
How do calves and moms find each other again?

The calves don’t stick right next to mom all day so do they find each other again by smell or voice or sight?  I’ve seen the calf get close to a couple cows who chase it away before she finds the one she can nurse.

elk cow and calf
Cow not happy with calf

At least once during the summer I’ll see a yearling nursing and wonder if the mom had and lost a calf and her last year’s calf is just opportunistic?

Elk Yearling Nursing
Elk Yearling Nursing

They’re beautiful animals without a doubt.

elk calf sizes
Big size difference between calves

The Roosevelt Elk calves will mostly lose their spots by winter.  But the yearlings still act like kids; jumping, running and playing with each other.  Here’s one of the little calves trying to figure out the purpose of a scarecrow.  To watch this YouTube video in a larger window, click on the play arrow and then on the YouTube icon in the lower right corner.

Elk Calves Romping

Why are babies (and little children) just naturally happy?

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“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:2-6

elk calves
Elk calves playing in the field

Remembering Elder Packer’s teachings about the importance of children in our lives; even if we can’t have any of our own:  “And a Little Child Shall Lead Them”

Otters and Great White Egret

The wildlife parade began on Monday and has lasted all week!

In addition to the elk herd, at least 2 families of otters are coming by everyday.  Here’s a favorite video of the otters.  You may want to click on YouTube (bottom, right) for better viewing.

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This evening we had a special visitor that we don’t see very often.  4 Great White Egret fished for a while and then roosted in a nearby tree.

great white egret
I wonder if these are young egrets with a parent?

They just look like a white version of the Great Blue Heron.

great white egret
Finding a comfortable tree for roosting

They are graceful birds.

great white egret
If they snack on bugs they’ve found the right spot