Harassment

Harassment seemed to be the word of the day as a Mule Deer carcass nearby was drawing plenty of attention from the avian clean-up crew and this day the Black-billed Magpies seemed to be controlling the party. While this Bald eagle was perched in a tree nearby an endless stream of Black-billed Magpies seemed to take turns Harassing the Eagle.

Working singly and then in pairs some would just keep watch while others flew in and pecked the Bald Eagle from Behind.

We watched this happen for a good half an hour before the Eagle flew off to a nearby spruce tree for some solitude a group of Ravens flew in to shoo the eagle away.

It’s always amazing to watch the tenacity in which smaller birds defend a meal or territory against birds much bigger.

Yet Another Egregious Action

How did the Trump administration celebrate National Bird Day yesterday?

With yet another egregious action to destroy what remains of the natural world as we know it thats how.

“With two weeks left in office, on National Bird Day, the Trump administration—defying opposition from the general public, scientists, tribal governments, international treaty partners, and a federal judge who last summer all but laughed its legal arguments out of court—today announced it has finalized a rule allowing companies and individuals to kill migratory birds as long as they didn’t mean to.”

Although this action is expected to be reversed by the incoming Biden administration the assaults on our natural world will continue.

Pronghorn Personality

On a recent drive through grasslands close to home we encountered a nice sized herd of Pronghorn enjoying the morning sun. Looking at them looking back at us you could just feel their different expressions whispering a bit of that Pronghorn personality.

No dental work needed here.

Chubby cheeks!

Only one horn!