Montana Outdoors

November 30, 2010

Snow and pines

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 8:20 pm

Snow on the pines

Snow on the pines

Snow on the pines

Snow on the pines

Snow on the pines

Snow on the pines

Advertisements

November 28, 2010

Clark’s Nutcracker

Filed under: Birds, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:04 pm

This gray, white and black relative of the Jay is a very interesting bird. It is found only west of the Dakotas and usually at the higher elevations, (over 6,000 feet) where it feeds on pine seeds, especially those of the whitebark pine. It has a larger than normal hippocampus – the part of the brain that deals with spatial memory – and is capable of storing up to 30,000 seeds in over 2,500 locations that it spreads over its seasonal range from tree line where it lives in summer to the lower forest regions where it can be found in winter. I’ve seen it stated that where some birds will plant trees as a result of their seed caches, one of these over its lifetime can plant a whole forest. A Google search will yield a wealth of information on Nucifraga columbiana.

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark's Nutcracker

November 25, 2010

Pretty little gal

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — montucky @ 7:44 pm

Chinese Pheasant

It is often said that the female of this species is drab and plain. Well, not so in my opinion!

November 24, 2010

Cold, crisp morning

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:54 pm

After an overnight low of -5° the sun came out for a short time this morning to highlight the pure white snow and the temperature shot all of the way up to 0°!

Cold November morning

Cold November morning

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

November 23, 2010

Winter day

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:45 pm

The temperature today stayed in the single digits and we had nearly a foot of new snow, but there was time for a short elk hunt this afternoon. Yes, it was every bit as cold as it looks!

Winter

Winter

November 22, 2010

From out of the past…

Filed under: Hunting — montucky @ 10:54 pm

Tonight as I looked back at some of this year’s photos I came across this image. It was scanned from a not-too-good photo that was taken during an archery elk hunt in 1980 in Colorado’s San Juan Wilderness. It struck me as funny that when I first looked at the old photo I recognized the horses but didn’t immediately recognize the person (me).

San Juan Wilderness

Older Posts »

Blog at WordPress.com.