This youngster isn’t big on waiting for the hay to come to him. Once we arrive, he jumps on the trailer and rides while I drive. Craig throws hay off of the front of the bale while the youngster snacks on the back. It’s a buffalo sort of “Drive In Dining.”
Bison Quest Christmas Carols – “Going on a hay ride together with you.” December 24, 2013
Bison Quest Christmas Carols continue with “Dashing Through the Snow”” December 22, 2013
And for those who want to see this in action, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7dp8NYiJSo
Bison Quest Christmas Carols – Oh Come All Ye Faceful December 20, 2013
Oh Come All Ye Faceful…
Bison Quest Christmas Carols the Buffalo sing December 19, 2013
Ok – this is how we entertain ourselves when the weather is subzero and we’re out feeding the buffs, with Christmas carols playing on the radio! Inspiration (or desperation) abounds! Other ideas welcome – I’ll see how many of them I can match with photos :).
Lions and coyotes and wolves, oh my! December 16, 2013
Ok, the other day I shared a mountain lion track and talked about what makes a cat track distinctive. Well, a few days later we found a very excited herd of bison when we went to feed. They were snorting and bucking and kicking up their heels, quite literally. That happens with them, and sometimes for no particular reason except that they feel good, but this time was a little different. Like they were proud of themselves or something. It wasn’t until my walk that I found out what had gotten them riled. Wolf tracks crossing through our aspen drainage. I followed the tracks and found that, while the wolf pretty much made a straight shot across the ranch, all the other ranch inhabitants certainly didn’t ignore him. I found where a deer had bounded across the wolf tracks and the buffs had milled around behind the wolf and completely obliterated the his tracks in other places. It didn’t look like the buffs chased the wolf, and he certainly hadn’t chased them, it was more like the buffs wound around behind the wolf and kept him on the move. I also found a set of coyote tracks that came up to the wolf tracks. Stopped (probably sniffed them), then began to follow the wolf tracks – the opposite direction the wolf was going! That coyote’s mom didn’t raise no dummy!! So very cool!
Guess who’s coming to dinner – a bull elk invites himself! December 9, 2013
I really LOVE game cameras – they are just so darn much fun. It’s sort of like getting a Christmas morning every time you go check them :). We knew someone was eating the hay (ok, we knew what was eating it too – elk tracks are pretty hard to mistake ) but we didn’t know it was this big fella.
When it comes to tracks, mountain lions are just a cat. But bigger. December 7, 2013
As many of you know, I love snow tracking (ok, when one lives at 6000′ in the mountains of Montana, one better figure out ways to enjoy snow!). And while there are always tracks to follow in the snow, there’s something exciting about seeing big cat tracks just a few hours after they’ve been made here on the ranch. (Makes one look up at the trees and over one’s shoulder as well :). And these tracks were just perfect for seeing exactly what identifies these as cat tracks. Round and round. Round toes, round print, no claws. My little housecats have tracks that look just like these. Only lots, lots smaller. I’ll compare these to some canid tracks in the next blog.
And then comes the cautious coyote… February 21, 2013
While some critters come right in to the camera, others make really sure that it’s okay first. This series shows the cautious canid starting in, then going back out, coming in again and then going back out, over and over. It took two nights before he finally actually ate at the bones. Even then, he would eat, then back off, then carefully come back in. This is how a little 20 lb canid lives in a hostile world.