I want to thank everybody for being patient with me while I finished up my summer field work. As I mentioned in the Back Porch Birding Podcast, this post will be quite special. It will have the most photography that I have ever shared in a single post, but before the photos I have an exciting story to share.
On our last few days of rope dragging I was sort of feeling the end of the season was nearing and was ready to be done for this particular day. I plowed through a large clump of grass and on the other side was a small badger hole. “Nothing new,” I thought, but what I didn’t know is that there was a badger waiting on the other side of this one. As I set my foot down, it hissed, bared its teeth, and without hesitation ran straight for my leg. I dropped the rope, and very quickly moved out of its way. It then turned towards the hole that I had just walked over, but instead of hiding in the hole, this badger decided that it would be more dramatic to slowly disappear into the tall grass while staring at me.
I love badgers and was so excited to be able to acquire such a great story to share with you all. Your wait is now over, and I want to thank you all again for being patient with me, but it is now time for the photography.
Note: If you have any ID suggestions for the unidentified species above please leave a comment with your suggestion, or find my posts on the iNaturalist app and suggest ID there.