ducks, crows, and ravens were all scavenging around in the shallow water and the muddy areas. We also saw a bald eagle, but unfortunately it was too far away for us to get any pictures. Right before that, though, we spotted a muskrat (a little, water-loving rodent) swimming through the water! It was really super cool, as it was an incredibly powerful swimmer! We were walking along next to it, taking a ton of pictures and videos, but the muskrat was easily keeping pace with us! It was swimming against the current, as well as against the wind, but somehow this rat-sized creature was able to forge ahead!
|The muskrat swimming!|
|This is how far the muskrat swam! It was certainly more than 100 yards, all keeping up with us! CRAZINESS!|
|The pile of chewed crayfish parts outside of the muskrat burrow|
|Some chewed parts on top of a rock|
Here is a video of the muskrat swimming:
Muskrat Swimming Against The Current
We also saw a lot of elk, as we have talked about before. Here are some more pictures that my mother took in the morning, around the same time that my Primos Truth Cam was picking them up, too!
|The elk drinking on our first morning there!|
|An elk drinking on the first morning|
|The mule deer|
|That's our cabin, right there!|
|A male elk on the first night there, around the time that we saw the mule deer from above. It was eating from a bird feeder!|
|The harem of female elk off to the left, while the male is grazing on the right|
|The male elk|
|The female elk|
|Another shot with the female elk off to the left and the male elk off to the right|
arctic fox, changes with the seasons to blend in with its environment! The ermine, along with otters, badgers, other weasels, and the wolverine, is a member of the family Mustelidae, colloquially referred to as the "mustelids." The mustelids, in turn, are members of the superfamily Musteloidea, which we have discussed in the past. It is within this superfamily that you will find coatis, raccoons, skunks, and red pandas.