Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Ptarmigan and yellow truck near sunset
...is a photo I didn't have to work too hard to get. Willow ptarmigan have been wintering in this area for ages, feeding on willow and mountain ash and so on. Along came roads and houses and vehicles, but ptarmigan keep coming for their winter food supply is here. And along come birdwatchers in their trucks, their SUVs, their cars. Some come from afar, hoping to glimpse this great northern bird in the pristine wilderness. Flocks of ptarmigan will watch them pass by, then nod back off to sleep beneath the willow in the ditches.