An Ethel Among Mermans (thornwolf) wrote,
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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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