We had a very unusual wildlife experience early this morning. From our kitchen window we saw four moose emerge from the forest and trot from thicket to thicket across the fields to the forest on the other side. On closer look, we could see that one was a small elk buck. He seemed to have gotten mixed up with the wrong family.

It is unusual to see moose at all and very unusual to see elk in broad daylight. This year Farmer Eriksson had left a couple fields of broad beans unharvested because of the rainy weather in the fall. This attracts deer, elk and moose from the whole area. Eriksson has seen as many as nine moose, four elk and more than 20 deer there at one time. Another neighbor had six moose in their front yard one evening when they came home late. I didn’t see any when I skied by the beans the other day. It’s too bad I couldn’t get a good picture this morning.

It’s a very good year for elk and moose watching.