NOW YOU SEE ME. Animals find ways to blend in with their surroundings, giving them another defense against predators. Protective coloration is key in ensuring survival for many birds, big game, amphibians and fish along with a number of other wildlife species, and that’s what makes them so hard to see when you’re hunting, sometimes. We get into a color commentary in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A hen pheasant blends in with the dry, beige landscape along a gravel road near St. Anthony, N.D. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 11/22 – Possible shorts day? Hi 55, Lo 25, Winds SW@13.
Tomorrow: Thu 11/23 – Warm turkey day. Hi 50, Lo 30, Winds SW@9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:57AM Sunset: 5:01PM
Moonrise: 11:18AM Moonset 8:35PM
Overhead: 3:56AM Underfoot: 3:32PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (16% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:00 – 4:00PM. Warm southwesterlies will keep animals moving, and the underfoot moon will give you an advantage in today’s Edge Hour. We’re not saying you could hunt in a t-shirt, but maybe you could today!
STAY LOW. A hen pheasant’s protective coloration of buffs, browns and beiges help her blend in with low stems and other vegetation of grass while incubating eggs during the nesting season. The same can be said for ruffed and sharptailed grouse, as they nest on the ground as well. The tricks of shadow and light in their preferred areas further help them stay out of sight as predators move in and out of the area, or ride the air currents above.
SWITCHEROO. Winter brings with its changing ground cover a challenge for those who rely on the beige and brown backdrop we see in fall. One species that adapts to the conditions is the jackrabbit, which changes into a white coat for the cold weather season to better blend in with the white surroundings.
SHOW OFF. On the other hand, a long-standing theory for brightly colored males of a certain species, is the reflection of a vital, strong mate to the female population. So those deep greens and blues of a drake mallard’s head, or the red patches, blue noggin and multi-hued body of a rooster pheasant are signs to their potential mates that those men have it together and would be worthy of continuing on the genetic line.