Wow, again wow! What a great wildlife day in the Texas panhandle. I was joined by two soon-to-be WT graduate students, Imogene and Mark, on a trip to Caprock Canyons State Park. Before we even reached the Park we spotted something in a prairie dog town. After an excited country-style u-turn (ditch to ditch) we found that what we had seen was a bobcat feeding on a freshly killed prairie dog. The bobcat stayed about 30 meters from us and even in the wind, we could hear bones being crushed as it cut its way through the prairie dog. What beautiful animals these are and they are amazing hunters.
Caprock Canyons was beautiful as always and the bison were easy to spot. We got a number of great looks without even leaving our vehicle. I love the look of the black-faced, broad-headed males. These animals are mighty indeed and the prairie just seems right with them roaming it again (thanks Donald Beard!). In addition to these two wonderful sights, we saw many species of birds, white-tailed and mule deer, and a Texas horned lizard made an appearance during a brief break in the clouds. It was a great day and I really enjoyed the company of Imogene and Mark. I look forward to them returning to WT when they finish their research jobs in California. Safe travels and a great summer to you both. I could right (wow, I must have been tired – write) so much more about today’s trip but I am falling asleep at the computer. I’ve had a great wildlife week but the long hours are taking their toll. I need sleep. Tomorrow I enter grades, officially ending the semester, and head out to help the crew trap Swainson’s hawks. It’s hard being me 🙂