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The California Ground Squirrel

A California ground squirrel on the lookout on one of our smoky days. A quick nose kiss to acknowledge the lookout Ground squirrel. A colony of ground squirrels live in this hillside. Look carefully and you will see a second Ground squirrel coming to look. Both of the...

Late Summer Blooms In the Little Lake Valley

Western golden top or goldenrod,, Euthamia occidentalis, is a showy perennial that grows in the riparian corridors and wet meadow grasslands. It is used by many pollinators. Narrow leaf milkweed,  Asclepias fascicularis, is still blooming at this late date, providing...

Three Species of Snakes in the Valley

This Western Terrestrial Garter snake, Thamnophis elegans, is our most common snake in the Little Lake Valley. A rare look at aWestern Yellow-bellied Racer, Coluber constrictor mormon, in one of our oak tree protection tubes. Probably enjoying the protection afforded...

A Kettle of Kites

Adult White-tailed Kite perched high in an Ash tree looking into the grassy meadow below. Juvenile White-tailed Kite flying in Kettle with others. At least 5 Kites in the Ash tree next to another Ash with 5 or 6 more Kites. A juvenile Kite busy crying for food while...

So Many Brush Bunnies!

Brush Rabbit adult, Sylvilagus bachmani,  in the Little Lake Valley mitigation land. This is a baby brush bunny which is very aware of its environment. Look at those ears! Notice the white “cottontail” that flashes as it hops away. As I watched, this baby...