|We got a call from cousin Judy that some of the buffalo herd were in front of Norbeck Visitor Center as well as on the first mile or two of the Wildlife Loop this morning. So, we jumped in the truck & headed out to watch, video and of course photograph them. 283 pics & 5 hours hours later we arrived back home, lol!
We stumbled on several of the big horn sheep as we made our way on Hwy 16A so stopped to enjoy them for a bit first. We spoke to a ranger, whose sole job since the beginning of May has been to monitor them. He said we were looking at about 1/2 of the current park's sheep population. Oh my, that's a bit sad to hear. A few years back we were fortunate enough to watch & photograph 5 mature rams with large horns. Today there were a couple of rams, many ewes and a few lambs. The ram was a young one, about 3 years I believe he said. We enjoyed watching them for 1/2 hour or so before finally moving on.
It's impossible to count how many buffalo we encountered today but we think about 400-500. We watched them in three separate area, Norbeck Visitor Center, in front of the Game Lodge Campground & further on down on the Wildlife Loop. They were being pretty lazy, lying in the cool grass enjoying the cooler temperatures. It was 67-70 degrees as we made our way through the park today....Absolutely beautiful!
This is the first time in several years that we've taken the loop from this entrance so it really was quite fun enjoying the view from a different perspective. Normally we start at the southern Blue Bell entrance as it's the closest to our campground. We've decided we like the northern route best.
Well, today's post is very buffalo intensive and I took too many pics on our drive to put in one post. So, come back tomorrow please to see the second half of our journey!