After a splash. Spizella passerina. These little song birds love splashing in a pool of water. Afterwards, they appear shaking and shaking, looking as if freezing to death. Not so, it's only for show, but wouldn't you like to wrap this little guy up in a warm towel and take him home?
Common in the Ponderosa pine, subalpine, fir and spruce forests of western Montana.
The Red Squirrel is a hardy survivalist that hordes conifer cone crops, seeds, berries, buds, and even expertly dries mushrooms to add to its winter cache of food supplies. This squirrel also is a known opportunist and will raid bird feeders and is a push-over for sunflower seeds and other treats.