Tasha, Snow - UPDATE October 17, 2020

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Rumors are that Tasha is digging a den maybe 20 feet from the den that Holly took over from her. Someone got a nice 31-second close-up video of Lucky carefully grasping his dinner-to-go and taking it into his den to have dinner in bed. https://www.facebook.com/160714344098264/videos/2775892742646589

Out the window yesterday, after seeing blue jays social distancing nicely the day before as they fed, I saw what can happen when a blue jay violates that distance. The blue jay turned toward the violator, opened its beak, raised its crest, and opened its wings. The violator backed off.

Red Breasted NuthatchRed Breasted Nuthatch Deer nosingDeer nosing Gray Jay in snowGray Jay in snow

Today was the first big snow. The gray jay returned. As the snow deepened deer had to nose down through it for grass. Hungry chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches landed one after another on my hand. It’s starting to feel a lot like winter.

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