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Posts tagged Bitterroot Valley

The old uncle owl-sitter

The old uncle owl-sitter

Marty’s photo of the day #3496: Here’s another photo from the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. This is a very large juvenile long-eared owl. The mother was out hunting, but fortunately an old uncle was nearby to babysit the youngster.

Mother badger and cub

Mother badger and cub

Marty’s photo of the day #3481: A mother badger with one of her cubs. Photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Great blue heron

Great blue heron

Marty’s photo of the day #3480: Great blue heron, photographed in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Artsy red-winged blackbird

Artsy red-winged blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3465: Today we go artsy, with a red-winged blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Yellow-headed blackbird

Yellow-headed blackbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3448: This is a yellow-headed blackbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Female hooded merganser

Female hooded merganser

Marty’s photo of the day #3438: This is a female hooded merganser, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Hurry up Mom. We’re hungry!

Hurry up Mom. We’re hungry!

Marty’s photo of the day #3436: Juvenile badgers, waiting for mom to bring home breakfast. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

What dogs tell us

What dogs tell us

Marty’s photo of the day #3388: Since Deb and I moved to Montana’s Bitterroot Valley in 1996, we’ve had multiple dogs, including three adopted from the local animal shelter. We’ll never know for sure what our adopted canine family members went through previously, but they’ve given us a pretty good idea. Our first, Annie, (a […]

Muskrat

Muskrat

Marty’s photo of the day #3378: Muskrat, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Artsy duck

Artsy duck

Marty’s photo of the day #3363: Today we go a bit artsy with this female mallard duck. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Sleeping baby owls

Sleeping baby owls

Marty’s photo of the day #3362: This is a great horned owl watching over her three chicks. I’ve never seen baby owls sleep this way, but despite looking dead, they are very much alive. (Photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana)

Calliope hummingbird

Calliope hummingbird

Marty’s photo of the day #3353: Here’s a calliope hummingbird, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Sharp-shinned hawk

Sharp-shinned hawk

Marty’s photo of the day #3335: This is a sharp-shinned hawk, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020

Let’s call the COVID-19 pandemic what it is: The Great Stupidity Purge of 2020. A key trait of conservatism/Republicanism is that once a person believes something is true, no evidence whatsoever will convince that person to change his/her mind. Consequently, those initial months of Donald Trump treating COVID-19 as nothing more serious than the flu […]

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker

Marty’s photo of the day #3325: This is a pileated woodpecker, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Osprey

Osprey

Marty’s photo of the day #3323: Osprey, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

A spruce grouse is lookin’ at you

A spruce grouse is lookin’ at you

Marty’s photo of the day #3317: This is a spruce grouse, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

California Quail

California Quail

Marty’s photo of the day #3314: California quail, photographed in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.

Showy fleabane daisies

Showy fleabane daisies

Marty’s photo of the day #3312: This is the second year in a row that the Bitterroot Valley has had more rain than usual, so the wildflowers around our house are still blooming everywhere. I’m not an expert on flowers, so I had to check with the wifely identification organism (WIO) to get the correct […]

The end of Lucy

The end of Lucy

Marty’s photo of the day #3311: Yesterday was the end of Lucy. Ten years ago, when Lucy was six, she had X-rays after a hip popped out wrestling with another one of our dogs. The vet said not only were her hips shot, but she had a tendon ready to snap. When that happened she’d […]

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