I've got a few things to report from the last few days.
There are SO many marmots, it's insane. And the babies, who are already young adults are coming out. I'm not sure which are cuter, the smaller babies, or the big fat adults!
It's kind of sad, the way they run and poof up their tails remind me of my old pet ferrets. But I've never seen a marmot do a war dance.
I got to SEE mule deer in the Rocky Creek canyon the other day! I've seen tracks and poop before, but this time I actually got to see the actual deer. I could see three, and it looked like one may have been a buck with just little fuzzy bumps for antlers.
I had Sam, my pet raven, on the back of my bicycle the same day that I saw the deer. I was afraid the raven nest I came across a few weeks ago had been abandoned. But under that bridge, they were there! And they were confused about Sam's presence. They kept giving a 'greeting' call along with a 'mild warning' because I was human and the dog was with us and we were close to Sam. Sam, however, was afraid. He ended up sitting on my arm making nervous sounds until we left. He didn't like them at all. Of course... Sam's afraid of ducks and sparrows and robins, especially if they fly overhead. But he'll pounce on the downed dove! I don't understand him...
I thought I'd seen a few other more interesting birds, but none are coming to mind right now.
Oh! Brewers and red-winged blackbirds are all back in town.
edit: I remembered the other neat find!
I saw a grey and yellow Western Garter Snake on my bike ride on Friday. I was amazed that she was out, it was only like 40 degrees outside (maybe warmer, but the wind chill was insane). My dog almost stepped on her! At first, I was afraid she already had been stepped on, or worse, run over by a bicycle (including mine), but she was just really cold and probably the pavement of the bike path was warmer than the dirt and grass.
So, of course I HAD to pick her up. *snerk* And while she was musking (kuz I've yet to meet a garter that didn't when handled directly from the wild) she everted her cloaca, and that's how I figure it was a girl. I held her until she was a bit warmer- and she settled right into my hands once she realized I wasn't going to hurt her, and my hands were warm. She did some lazy tongue tasting of the air and my fingers. Finally, I put her down on the other side of the path under the cover of some bunch grass. I was amazed at her camouflage, visually, she disappeared right into it- if I hadn't known she was there, I never would have seen her.