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And whooooo is looking down at me- the saw whet owl has owlets! May 19, 2015

Mama northern saw whet owl

Mama northern saw whet owl peering down at the photographer pointing a camera up at her!

Northern saw whet owlet looks out at a brand new world!

Northern saw whet owlet looks out at a brand new world!

 

So how can you tell what a nocturnal critter is doing all that time in the nest box?  Why, working at making one of the cutest babies in the world.  And when the baby owlet peeks out, you know everything must have gone very well indeed!!

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Look who’s living at our house – a Northern Saw Whet Owl has decided to use our front yard as a nursery! March 16, 2015

A few years ago, Craig made a squirrel house and put it on the Doug Fir tree in the front yard (just a few feet from our front porch).  While a squirrel used it one winter, it never did house squirrel babies.  Then, the other day as we wandered out in the early morning to get in the truck to go feed the buffs, Craig said, “Well, look at that!”  And peeking out of the “squirrel” box was a wee owl face watching us with the utmost concentration.  We had heard Northern Saw whet owls calling (a very monotonous beep  beep   beep  beep  beep   beep  beep  beep   beep that they can keep up for hours!!!) and, while we’ve never seen two at the same time, we’re quite certain that there are two and that they are nesting.  I took this photo the other day as the little owl sat in the entrance and watched the chickens with interest but no real intent (the chickens are about 10 times larger than this little robin sized owl who mostly eats mice).  To help out a little, we’ve been scattering some bird seed on the ground around the tree at night.  Now that’s what I call a Montana mouse trap!

Saw whet owl watching us watching it!

Saw whet owl watching us watching it!

Watching the chickens.

Watching the chickens.

 

Bison – how do you tell them apart? We’ll start at the beginning with the calves and their horns! January 12, 2015

When guests come to visit, Craig introduces them to all of the herd cows by name.  And that leads everyone to ask, “How can you tell them apart?”  Well, the simple answer is the same as your answer to this question, “How do you tell your friends from each other?”  Because they all have individual characteristics that are unique to them.  Of course, if you aren’t used to looking for those characteristics, they’re hard to see (I have Caucasian friends that tell me they can’t tell Asians apart, and I have Asian friends who tell me that all white folks look the same :).   It’s just a matter of knowing how to look for those differences.  So I figured I’d do a series showing how we identify our buffs!

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Brand new baby – can’t see horns but you can feel them (if mom would let you)

And since horns are probably the characteristic that most folks look at first, we’ll start there with a look at age classes.  And to do that, let’s begin at the beginning.  The calves!

The one sleeping on the left is a newborn.  If you could touch the top of her head, you would feel the tiniest little bumps that will become her horns. And you would really feel some horns when her mom caught you doing that!

The next calf picture (sniffing my fingers) has little horn buds that are just showing up above the curly wool.

The little black faced “red” calf is about 4 months old,

and the last is a six month old calf.  I think their little horns make them look like devils!

 

 

 

 

You can just see the little horn buds (this baby is about a month old)

You can just see the little horn buds (this baby is about a month old)

This is a 4 month old calf (they're not usually still red when we have snow on the ground, but this was an October calf!)

This is a 4 month old calf (they’re not usually still red when we have snow on the ground, but this was an October calf!)

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And here is a six month old calf, looking a little “devilish”!

 

 

Bison Quest Christmas Carols – “Going on a hay ride together with you.” December 22, 2014

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Bison Quest Christmas Carols continued “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” December 19, 2014

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Bison Quest Christmas Carols continue with “Dashing Through the Snow”” December 13, 2014

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Dashing Through the Snow

Dashing Through the Snow

And for those who want to see this in action, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7dp8NYiJSo

 

“Glamping With Bison at a Gorgeous Montana Ranch” hot off the Yahoo Travel press! December 8, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed Jo Piazza’s visit and resulting article about our Bison Quest Wildlife Vacations!

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Glamping With Bison at a Gorgeous Montana Ranch Run by Scientists

 

 
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