The wildlife in our neighborhood
One of my favorite things about summering in this area, is there is always something to see.
This time of year there aren’t as many moose around, but we did see a mom with last years calf behind the RV. They will generally head for the river in the mornings, before bedding down for the day. She had some interesting coloring with her lighter brown face.
In the evenings we life to drive around Antelope flats to see who is around. Sometimes the bison herd is there, so far this year we haven’t seen them. We did spot this cute doe the other night, she was trying to decide what we were all about.
I will drive over to Antelope flats in the mornings to walk. There are a few dirt roads that are great for walking. The grasses and flowers are so tall this year, you have to have someplace clear to walk. I went on a new (for me) dirt track the other day. A female sage grouse appeared out of the bushes and started pretending she had a broken wing.
I have never actually seen a bird do this. It was fascinating to watch her try to distract me. I assumed she had a nest in the tall grasses.
But then I realized there was a tiny chick in front of me on the dirt road.
They obviously subscribe to the, “Stop, drop, don’t move” way of survival. I gave the mom and her baby a wide berth, and continued my walk. The road didn’t go as far as I hoped it would, and after a mile or so, it ended here.
This was an unexpected and beautiful end to the trail. I had set out that morning to get some nice morning Teton photos, and this was perfect.
As I headed back to the truck, I kept an eye out for the baby sage grouse. His mom must have got them safely to their nest, because they were no where in sight.
I was relived that he was OK, and still has the chance to grow up. They have enough predators to worry about, without me messing up the plan.