Photo Review: WILDLIFE!

Over the last few weeks we have seen a wonderful array of different species as we headed into the Rocky Mountain west, first in the U.S. and then in Canada.  Since some of these species may be new to you (and at least one is yet unidentified).  See if you can identify these animals that I have managed to snap a photo of and then check in the comments (click on comments below the post) to see the answers.

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8 responses to “Photo Review: WILDLIFE!

  1. KEY:
    1 – American Buffalo / American Bison (these were ranch owned and probably destined to become burgers somewhere in Montana); we did see a few wild bison in the North Dakota Badlands and a Bison paddock at Waterton Lakes
    2 – Moose – not a full grown one, seen on the forest service road in Montana
    3 – Wild Turkey — seen in northern Montana near Canada border
    4 – Whitetail Deer fawn — a very young one, just getting its legs under it
    5 – a nesting pair of Red-Naped Sapsuckers (woodpecker family), seen at Beaver Mines Campground in Alberta
    6 – Black Bear – seen on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta
    7 – Common Raven – seen on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta
    8 – Mountain Goat with kid – seen on the “Cowboy Trail” highway near Canmore, Alberta
    9 – Squirrel – not sure of the exact type, there are a few different ones up here, this one was photographed near Spirit Island on Maligne Lake
    10 – Clarks Nutcracker (in the jay family) — this one photographed near Mount Edith Cavell near Jasper
    11 – Marmot – related to ground squirrels – these guys live in alpine areas and are nicknamed “whistle pigs” because they make a whistling noise – this one was photographed near Mount Edith Cavell near Jasper
    12 – Black Bear (black bear is the species, but these bears come in a variety of colors) – this one was spotted near the highway in Waterton Lakes National Park
    13 – Chipmunk – photographed in Waterton Lakes National Park
    14 – Butterfly (not sure which type) – photographed in Waterton Lakes National Park
    15 – Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep – photographed in Waterton Lakes National Park

  2. Finding that butterfly was a challenge – it appears to be a Polygonia Satyrus aka Satyr Comma – you can see pic here
    The image of one from Porcupine. Alberta is a very close match

  3. did you take all these pictures? they’re lovely!

  4. How close were you to those bears? Great pictures and I’m impressed that you have seen so much wildlife!!

    • I took both bear pictures from the safety of the car, though the first bear was just a few feet from the edge of the road and wasnt deterred by cars.

  5. I called the Red-Naped Sapsuckers woodpeckers. Does that count? Couldn’t identify the Clarks Nutcracker. And hoped the second bear wasn’t a grizzly!

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