Sunday, March 23, 2014

Elk and Steller's Jay

Back teaching has cut into my outdoor time and blogging, but I am having some evenings and Saturdays to get out.  Yesterday was one of those unforgettable days.  I started out by looking for snow geese and found about 1000 of them but these two antelope were feeding near the field the geese were in.


Next I headed for Camas National Wildlife Refuge to see what I could find.  On the way there I found a pair of Burrowing owls.  They might be the same couple I saw last year as they are just 100 yards from where a pair nested last year.


At Camas there were not a lot of waterfowl and I did not find the Great-horned owls, but I saw my first Steller's jay that kept me entertained for an hour.  They are very pretty and very noisy. 


On the way to Market Lake I hiked some back roads and found 19 head of bull elk; all still wearing their armor.


At Market Lake I searched for a Long-eared owl but did not find it.  The Russian Olive trees were filled with Cedar and Bohemian waxwings eating the berries.  It was a lot of fun.


Just another unforgettable day in the wilds of Idaho.

5 comments:

Monts said...

Great set of images Bill,The Owl and the Steller's Jay are superb.

Mary Cromer said...

Nice to hear from you again Bill and a very nice selection of images to share. Those Stellar Jay are such cool birds. Happy week~

Grayquill said...

Y0u always take us to places we only dream we could go - Thanks for the rare treat!

Bekkieann said...

A great outing with some wonderful photos!

Janie said...

You're a great observer, and I'm always delighted when you share photos of your discoveries.