Sunday, January 28, 2007

WInter Wildlife

Winter is not easy on the animals this year. Ranchers in eastern Colorado have lost untold numbers of cattle to the blizzards, and even the wildlife is finding it difficult to find food. Every morning on the way to work, I have seen families of deer out searching for something to eat. As we are finally seeing some melting between our intermittent snows, some plants are able to reach above the white stuff that is still all over the ground here. This is providing the deer with a better chance at finding a meal.

I watched as the deer in the photograph above nibbled on some plants and then used its front paws to carve out a bed in the snow. It worked on it for a minute or so, then laid down.

The prairie dog tends to hibernate during the winter months, but there were a few out and about, scurrying around on the surface of the snow today. This one watched to insure that I posed no threat to the colony. It did start twitching its tail to notify the others of an intruder, but made no effort to run away, as I got no closer.

It is always interesting to see what is all around, if you just take the time to look and not be in to much of a hurry to enjoy the things that are there.

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