Wednesday May 24, 2017 Troy Oregon
Started out finishing up chores
I wanted to finish up my chores today as I wanted to leave towards home tomorrow morning. I needed to put a board in front of the chicken nests to keep the eggs from falling out so I took care of that first.
After a short break the next thing that needed done was to repair a leak in the roof where the rain was coming in.
The leak wasn’t where I expected it but just above that spot. The old goop was cracked so I put some silicone on the cracks and called it good. I’m getting old enough where I’m no longer comfortable on a roof. I never really was.
One last hike in elk country
After some lunch I went for a hike. I wanted to check out a new piece of land just off the driveway and down instead of up. I left the end of the drive and walked down the hill a little when I ran into this rock quarry with a nice road going by it and leading in the direction I wanted so I followed the road which was also an elk trail, fairly well used.
Stopped just in time
I was taking some pictures when I spotted what I thought was a dead calf about twenty feet from me right where I was going to walk. Now if that thing was alive, it would have spooked as I would have almost stepped on it scaring the heck out of both of us, so it was a good thing I saw it first.
As soon as I realized the elk calf was alive I scanned the area for it’s mom. I knew if this calf gave a distress call it’s mom would likely be all over me and elk are rather large and I wouldn’t fair well with only a pocket knife and a stick for protection.
Why I haven’t seen any calves with the herd
Now I understand why I haven’t been seeing any calves out with the elk herds I’ve been seeing.
Apparently the female elk bunch up in herds for calving season. When a cow is ready to give birth, she goes off and has it alone. This is safer for the calf and the herd as the herd can not protect a calve from a mountain lion and if all the calves where out together in the herd the problem would be even greater, so they have the calves off by themselves and feed them until they are large enough and fit to be with the herd. So by the time we see calves with the herd, they would be a bit older and able to keep up with the herd. Safer for all.
I skirted around the little guy
Headed for the old barn
When I hit this big grassy area, I know the old barn was just around the corner to the left so I walked along the trees to help keep me out of sight, just in case there were more elk out there. I saw one more elk which took off across the field and it was gone.
Getting the van ready to travel
Once home it was time for a little nap then I spent the rest of the day getting the van ready to travel towards my home tomorrow morning.
I plan to take two or three days to make it home as I plan to check out a couple places on the way, so internet access may be hard to come by for a day or so.
I likely will post the next time from Lakeview Oregon.