May has been a wonderful month in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas. The earth is bursting with wonderful colors in birds, blooms and so much more! Spring ushers in the warmer weather giving us glimpses of babies and their mamas basking in the sun. Enjoy these amazing colors and sweet caresses between babies and their mamas in this beautiful creation.
We have had the pleasure of viewing for hours many mamas and their babies. It was the first time for us to see a badger in the wild. Interesting facts about badgers:
- Notoriously fierce
- Live underground in a den also known as a set or sett
- Claws as strong as steel, able to move lots of dirt in a short time and can dig backwards with fangs forward when pursued by predator
- Have a third eyelid to protect from flying soil
- Badger babies are cubs
Four Badger Cubs
Cute but fierce!
Another first were pictures of a female wolf belonging to the Junction Butte Pack nursing her pups over the den. We saw four pups (little black splotches) but were told two females had combined their den and were nursing a total of eight pups. The female was light gray and the one male (not in pic) was dark gray. The pictures were not the greatest quality as they were more than 800 yards away.
As always bear cubs and mamas always put on a delightful show! The cubs are so full of energy and mischief! Black bear and cub!
Nose to Nose Black Bear
Black Bear Cub
Grizzly bear and cubs!
Our final first for the weekend was spotting a pair of Golden Eagles. Mama was sitting on the nest with no babies in sight as of yet, stay tuned!
Golden Eagle nest (left)
And of course ending with the most babies of all baby bison “Red Dogs”!
We added several birds to our life list, but two of the prettiest were the Yellow Warbler and Lazuli Bunting.
The meadows and woods are just beautiful in the spring filled with wildflowers. Many of these colorful flowers are important food in the spring for grizzly bears, mule deer, antelope and elk.
Slimpod Shooting Star
The lush green and clear blue sky of Lamar Valley is spectacular in the spring. The tiny brown specks all over the second picture are bison!
Brown specks are bison in Lamar Valley!
The many colors of our world!