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California Adventure Pt. 5 - Animals - This is a critter post - The art of Thornwolf
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California Adventure Pt. 5 - Animals - This is a critter post
Here's some blurry and some not so blurry photos of some of the critters we encountered on our trip.

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Very blurry mountain bluebird
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We also saw both red and white breasted nuthatches and likely some pinyon jays. I'm not much a birder though so they were just little feathered things to me.

On our way to patriarch grove there were some mule deer out in the field. If one of them hadn't moved suddenly I wouldn't have known they were there. One of them was a 6 point buck.

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I'm used to seeing mule deer but I managed to spot a black tailed deer doe in the Sequoia park. I didn't get a photo of it though. Also that bighorn sheep I mentioned earlier.

I've never seen a yellow bellied marmot before (or any marmot for that matter), but apparently there's a colony of them in Tuolumne Meadows because skorzy saw marmots in the exact same place 2 years ago when he was last there.
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So fat!
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Eeee the fatness! I love them :D They're the size of footballs. Very fuzzy waddly footballs.
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At Glacier Point we saw what at first I thought were someone's pet chickens or guinea hens (I dunno, maybe one of the caretakers has an affinity for fowl?) but they were actually wild sooty grouse. There were 5 or 6 hens just within an arms reach on a raised portion of the trail just hanging out. I think they're used to people, I could literally reach out and pick one up if I wanted to. And if it didn't protest too much.
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Chickaree nomming on a sequoia pinecone. The proper name is "Douglas Squirrel" but they're also known by the local tribes as the Pillillooeet because of the sound they make, which is surprisingly accurate. They're so pretty! I'm not much for squirrels, but I gotta admit these guys have some nice markings.
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As the sun was setting and we were making our way towards Moro Rock we saw a whole bunch of people on the side of the road. That can only mean one thing: Photo op! What I wasn't expecting was two of these...
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Black bears :D Two black bears! We had hoped to see some on our trip (even though realistically if I leave the garbage out again on my front porch they'll show up, I had a really bad bear problem last summer) but there's something different about seeing them in the "wild" not eating discarded pancakes. Apologies for the blurry-ness, but it was dusk and lets face it, I was a little excited.

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keesh From: keesh Date: September 20th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Are they supposed to be that fat?

Dude, great shots!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 20th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, its nearing winter, so I'm sure they're fattening up for hibernation :3 The bears near me don't hibernate since its so mild but up there I'm sure they must.
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 20th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are now my favorite rodent :D
dustmeat From: dustmeat Date: September 20th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woah, awesome!
kylet From: kylet Date: September 20th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just a quickie note that these have all been awesome. I may have to beg you for more Cali camping location advice, Dev loves camping and I'd like to show him there's more to this state than just heat and smog XD You find the most gorgeous sites. We had a great time up in San Jacinto after I saw your reports, so thanks for that!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 20th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure! skorzy knows lots about the camping, I can only really tell you about places I've already been, but he's been to more. If you let me know what type of camping you're looking for and what types of things you want to see we can help you :)

Glad you had a good time!
chenneoue From: chenneoue Date: September 20th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I would want to corner one of those marmots... they look evil to me... >>
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: September 20th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
But they're so cute! They'll steal your snacks though.
chenneoue From: chenneoue Date: September 20th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
:o They look like they would make a good pillow too... >>
datalore From: datalore Date: September 20th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great pictures, thank you!
was1 From: was1 Date: September 21st, 2010 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice wildlife shots! Seeing bears would be a little freaky, but also cool. Marmots are so adorably fat!
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