Rock Creek MT Beyond Fly Fishing – A Wildlife Trifecta
June 2, 2012 by ccorbridge
Yesterday we opened the door and walked outside. And we just kept walking. Ended up going about 2 miles down the Rock Creek canyon. One slow car passed us as we walked along the narrow creek-side country road. There we found an old homestead originally settled by an African american woman in 1894! It has recently been restored by the forest service.
While wandering around the 300+ acres of the old homestead we experienced a Trifecta of Wildlife Viewing…
1. A fox came trotting toward us casually headed to the creek. Once we were seen, the casual pace changed to a swift dash in the other direction.
2. About 20 minutes later, walking along the creek, we spotted a black bear grazing on the other side. We watched it bumble along for a time, before we were spotted. The bear became very alert and scampered straight up the slope away from the creek and the unexpected humans.
3. Then, when heading back toward the old homestead cabin, we spotted an eagle’s nest in one of the clusters of tall cottonwood trees. With at least 2 babies.
It was a delightful day in the sun.
On the walk back we looked up at the cliffs and noticed the bighorn sheep were watching us. I didn’t count them in the Trifecta since we see them all the time. (and I didn’t know what to call a 4 x viewing. Quadra-fecta sounds a little forced.)
It was quite a rich wildlife day, even by Montana standards. I returned later in the day to do some fly fishing. After all, it is Rock Creek.