Readers’ wildlife photos

I’m back in Las Cruces, with several days left to have fun and eat (that’s redundant, isn’t it?).

We have two contributions today. The first is a photo from Mike Ross, who hails from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma:

I thought you might be interested in the attached photo of a new American bison calf (Bison bison) born on the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, Osage County, Oklahoma (a Nature Conservancy managed property).

The was taken April 19, 2018 and shows two of an expected 600 calves to be birthed this season, increasing the size of the herd to approximately 2,600 by mid summer.  My wife and I are both volunteers at the Preserve.

Unlike me, reader Joe Dickinson actually saw bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) at the west end of the Rio Grande Bridge. He also has a good photo of the bridge and of the gorge:

Responding to today’s [now yesterday’s] post, here are my views of the Rio Grande bridge and the group of bighorns we found just down the road.



  1. Posted April 26, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Are the sheep native there? I assumed they were from further north…

    • Posted April 26, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      Oh I see they are! I think the ‘canadensis’ fooled me!

      • Posted April 26, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

        PS Gorge-ous pics!
        sorry he said sheepishly…

        • colin
          Posted April 26, 2018 at 9:20 am | Permalink

          It gets my goat when i feel compelled to shoe-horn in pointelss puns on the hoof, but then I had no choice, not having free-wool!

          • Posted April 26, 2018 at 10:35 am | Permalink

            No ewes crying over spilled milk.

            • Jenny Haniver
              Posted April 26, 2018 at 11:20 am | Permalink


      • Posted April 26, 2018 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        I believe the desert bighorn is regarded as a subspecies.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Nice photos. While driving in the mountains west of Denver, Colorado we saw several sheep close to the road. First time I ever saw them except in photos.

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! I used to travel a lot through that sort of country. Never got boring.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I love the rusty colors of those cute buffalo calves. Bison are cool; I lived in Wyoming for a number of years and never got tired of seeing them at reserves and at Yellowstone.

    Great shots of the Rio Grande and big-horns.

  5. Posted April 26, 2018 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Nice pics!

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