Close Encounters of the Wildlife Kind
The other day I was driving down a dirt road, returning from a nest check (3 babies– the oldest looks about 13 days old) when I saw something weird on the road. I swerved, and stopped, thinking it was some kind of roadkill at first (I tend to check out avian roadkill when I can.) But looking back– no, it was a live ferruginous hawk, with a Richardson’s ground squirrel. I though he was just going to stay there with it but he decided I was too much of a threat.
Then just to my left in a pasture I noticed something else–
They must have been fairly recently born, as even though the mom was definitely nervous about my truck stopping, the babies didn’t want to leave with her. I got out of there fairly quickly. (Later in the day I saw another female with one calf [fawn? The internet won’t tell me which is correct.] It was a hard winter for the pronghorn so it is good to see that some of them were able to carry their babies to term. And thankfully there will be a moratorium on hunting them this year.)
And then just a little farther down that road two red foxes ran across, aparently having a race.
It’s days like that when I don’t ever want to have a desk job.
Have you had any neat wildlife sightings lately?