Saturday, April 25, 2009
Hackee sack anyone?
I've been working hard all week, either on the computer or on the ranch, so this morning I played hooky and went for a three-hour photo excursion to some of my favorite places in our county. This sandhill crane was busy throwing a chunk of cow manure in the air, hitting it with his head and beak, playing with it like it was a hackee sack. I saw it as I was driving by, and I swung back around to try to get a photo before it quit. One photo was all I got, but mercy what a fun photo it is. Anyone out there still doubt that animals play?
A small segment of Sublette County, Wyoming has one of the largest nesting concentrations of long-billed curlew of anywhere in the world. They love flood-irrigated hay meadows, digging through cattle dung for bugs.
I saw more Swainsons today than any other raptor.
This bird seemed to be about to burst its chest as it cheerily sang the song of spring. The Meadowlark is Wyoming's state bird, as it is for several other states.
As I headed home, it was starting to snow a little, and a badger appeared alongside the road momentarily before disappearing into a burrow.