A Mountain Bluebird with a Killdeer behind forage for insects that thrive in the warm waters of a Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.
The warm waters provide food for birds that have arrived early this year before the spring thaw.
Well…we started the winter with one Red Squirrel which we aptly dubbed our frenemy. Now it seems that there is a squirrel in every tree. Which is not exactly as nice as a chicken in every pot.
Although it is fun to watch the daily battles for territory as one squirrel makes a quick move across the yard to the tree another squirrel is occupying and the ensuing skirmish with several squirrels running rings around the tree. I cannot tell them apart enough to see who wins and looses each battle. Which is kind of like watching a sporting event but missing the ending. I have considered trying to paint each one a different color just for reference but decided that would not bee too nice and radio collar and gps tracking are better left for more scientific pursuits.
Anyway with spring comes more red squirrels, and thus more Frenemies and given their ever increasing numbers things are moving more towards the -en than the -frien side of things these days and yes they are cute…at times.
I am not sure if all the grazers had full bellies and were spending the afternoon ruminating or they were saving all their energy to make it past the extended winter but last week was fill with sleepy heads. From the Elk to the Big Horn Sheep napping or just taking it easy seemed to be the order of the day.