A Shrike, A Deer, and A Dear- UPDATE November 7, 2019

I forgot to include the northern shrike picture last night. It is perched high, scanning down for prey as is typical for them. It almost looks like a songbird, but then you notice the long hooked beak and know it’s a predator.Northern ShrikeNorthern Shrike In the winter they eat mice, voles, and small birds. I suspect it was looking for chickadees and nuthatches, but I’ve never seen a shrike catch anything here.

Today, a fawn buck with nubbin antlers was eating grass that will soon be covered with snow. That will mean deer must scrape away snow or eat less nutritious foods like twigs to minimize weight loss over winter. Around here, snow that is here in late November is generally still here in April.

For another kind of dear, it’s Donna’s 70th birthday, so tonight is date night. I hope she doesn’t mind that I gave away her age.

Deer fawn eating grassDeer fawn eating grassI’m happy to see the courses filling up with only 17 slots open yet. I’m looking forward to meeting new participants and catching up with old ones—and the bears! So many good memories. We’ll be looking for cubs here from 21-year-old RC, 4-year-old Rachel, 14-year-old Bow, 3-year-old Kim (Lily’s daughter), 4-year-old Lucy, 4-year-old Ethel, 4-year-old Clover (Fern’s daughter), 7-year-old Ember (June’s daughter), and 5-year-old Pixie.

No bear visits the last two nights.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center