Third

3 11 2018

Mule deer does and fawns in Spring Creek Basin.

So begins the worst, busiest, most anxiety-inducing week of the year in Disappointment Valley: third rifle season. Deer and elk are the targets.

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A little yellow flash

14 10 2018

Little yellow bird

Possibly the worst bird photo ever.

But I LOVE that eye!

This little bird – possibly an immature yellow warbler? – fluttered down to the ground behind where I was sitting, watching a band of horses. When I turned around to determine the cause of the soft ruckus, this little beauty was hopping on the ground … then flew up to a sagebush. Of course, it managed to alight on the far side of the stalks, where it watched me watching it. 🙂 Love these littlest gifts from heaven.

When it flew away, I swear it did somersaults. Even Sundance turned to watch with what I can only assume was immense admiration.





Big bad bobkitty

12 10 2018

Bobcat

OK, not “bad” at all – it just went with the headline. 🙂

SO COOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!





Prongs on the hill

11 09 2018

Pronghorn buck on corral hill.

Our mustangs aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the basin’s water catchments. This handsome fellow waited on the hill for Comanche’s band to drink at the corral catchment (built just two years ago). The horses were VERY interested in him.





Passing through

3 05 2018

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I did a little traveling the last week.

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Saw a few handsome critters along the way. 🙂





Stopover, Spring Creek Basin style

4 03 2018

Canada goose on roller-coaster ridge pond.

She gets a perfect 10 for nailing her landing. 🙂

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And she totally knows how to rock a pose.

Canada goose on roller-coaster ridge pond; Kwana

Not quite synchronized, but we’ll give them props for interspecies partnership. 🙂

Two bands were at the pond with the goose (and though I called it “her” and “she,” I don’t actually know its gender), and they were very interested in her bold vocalizations. She was by herself; hopefully her mate (?) will join her soon. Tis the season.





We have the coolest neighbors

31 12 2017

Fox - common gray fox

Isn’t this little guy/gal gorgeous?!

It’s a “common gray fox,” and my Field Guide to the Rocky Mountains says they eat rabbits, rodents, birds, grasshoppers, fruit and berries. They “often climb trees, unlike fox and coyote”! They’re found on the “lower slopes of mountains, wooded canyons and scrubby plains” in “southeastern Wyoming (rare), western, central and southeastern Colorado.” The book also says they’re “mainly nocturnal, year-round.”

Fortunately for my camera and me, this one didn’t get the nocturnal memo. 🙂

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Happy New Year’s Eve!