Yogi’s surprise visit must mean fall is near.

August 17th, 2009

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I am not positive but I think fall might be just around the corner. Or at least one of our local bears thinks so.

A black bear made a surprise early visit tonight trying to load up on suet, seeds and humming bird nectar.

A black bear made a surprise early visit tonight trying to load up on suet, seeds and humming bird nectar.

When I went out about 5:45 this morning to disperse the various bird feeders that adorn the property, twelve to be exact, there seemed to be a cooler feel to the air. It was rich, full-bodied with subtle hints of pine, aspen and the familiar smell of early fall. It is a hard one  to describe but it is something that always seems to happen this time of year in the high country. The lower lying meadow grass appeared heavy with dew and at closer inspection  I found frost on about a twenty yard section  in the lowest portion of our field grasses. Once I returned to the kitchen for my first cup of coffee there was a peculiar sound that lingered. A slightly musty smell permeated the room and then it dawned on me. The heat came on in the house.

What? I thought. August 17th? This can’t be, but sure enough I went over and held my hand to one of the registers and warm air was flowing. This time of year the thermostat is set at 50 degrees so needless to say the furnace was pulling off a preseason warm up.

Then, this evening after I wrapped up some editing in the office, I thought I would go out and collect the feeders early because we had a bear visit recently and manage to wipe out a humming bird feeder I overlooked one night.

Much to my surprise as I looked out the office window, Yogi had invited himself over early. I immediately went into red alert mode. I ran and frantically closed all the doors that led to the garage where  the dogs could bolt out in pursuit of the bruin.

Then I sprinted to all the feeders within a safe range, gathered an arm load and retreated to the garage and shut the door. The last thing I needed was “Yogi-meister” clambering for the bins of bird seed, dog treats or any other delectable items stored within striking distance.

At last glance, the young bear stood outreached on his hind legs and took a sole swipe at a hummer feeder only to have the sweet nectar come splashing down on his ‘noggin. He examined the sticky aftermath, took a couple licks and then sauntered south.

This young bruin's reward was a soaked muzzle of humming bird nectar.

This young bruin's reward was a soaked muzzle of humming bird nectar.

I can’t wait for the elk to start bugling and rutting at 3 a.m. in the next several weeks. You have to love fall. Especially in the high country.

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One Comment for “Yogi’s surprise visit must mean fall is near.”

  1. Patty Winpenny Said —

    August 18th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Mines did not include this item in their orientation packet for freshman…shall I forward it?! Great story, incredible photos.

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