I found a bumble bee on a window sill in my sun room yesterday.
I wanted to take her outside but she flew to the window sill and found a place to hide. Today, I found her again and took her outside, but she was so weak, the wind blew her over and she fell to the ground. I picked her back up and tried to give her some sugar water. She fell into the bowl and didn't seem to want any. So I took her out and spent time with her. I showed her to my dog, Cooper. I've taught him to be gentle with all living creatures so he doesn't try biting at them.
Below you will see the bee's whole leg in the air. That's a warning signal that she uses to tell other creatures that they are close enough. She did this a couple of times when I first began playing with her. All I had to do was stop and move more slowly. Once she realized I wasn't going to hurt her, she never raised her leg again. I'm sure she's telling my dog to not get too close, too fast.
The bumble bee (below) is on one of Cooper's stuffed bears.
I set the bee on his head and he let her walk down his face! When he got to her eye, he wanted to take his foot and scratch, so I picked the bee up.
When bees get to where they don't want to fly (yesterday she was flying, but not today) and start walking incessantly, I find they've often been introduced to some poison. I don't think this bee will last another day or so. I always wish I had more knowledge about what is really going on.
Below you can see her "fur" is wet from falling into the sugar water.
When my bees were bearding in a large mass, I often sat down to interact with them. Bearding resembles swarming, but the bees are only cooling off outside the hive and not planning on leaving. The day I photographed these, my bees were unusually cozy and stayed on me after I "scooped" them. Typically, when I scooped them, they buzzed around on my hands and would soon, one-by-one, fly off. That day, they just wanted to stay on me. I spent an hour or so with them.
This bull elk was mostly around deer today. There were two other elk scattered on the hillside, but mostly deer.
Like all the wildlife at this time of year, it takes work to find food through the snow.
This bull was walking up and down the hillside searching for good places to dig and eat.
How many elk and deer can you spot?
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