Wildlife

Here are a few wildlife photos from around the Landmark.  Being surrounded on three sides by industrial agriculture has created an island refuge on the property.  Having the most topography in the county creates some micro-climates and environments not found elsewhere.  In the past weeks we have spotted coyote, gray fox, eastern and western bluejays, barn owls, a slew of various hawks, kangaroo rats, mice, deer, rattle snakes, gopher snakes, coachwhip snakes, roadrunners, and probably a dozen other things I am forgetting.  Enjoy.

And yet another gopher snake. Some of these get remarkably large on a diet of wood rat, mice, and other rodents.

Another gopher snake. Some of these get remarkably large on a diet of wood rat, mice, and other rodents.

Coachwhip in the garden.

Coachwhip in the garden.

Roadrunner hatchling. I snatched this photo while the parents were away scooping up horned lizards to feed the little ones.

Roadrunner hatchling. I snatched this photo while the parents were away scooping up horned lizards to feed the little ones.

The ubiquitous gopher snake. It's a miricla more of them don't get run over as they haunt the parking lots throughout the day.

The ubiquitous gopher snake. It’s a miracle that more of them don’t get run over as they haunt the parking lots throughout the day.

And finally, one of the many mantises that arrive every fall to clean up the small insect population.

And finally, one of the many mantises that arrive every fall to clean up the small insect population.

Unfortunately, I don’t generally carry a camera so it’s just a lucky day when I have one handy.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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3 Responses to Wildlife

  1. Reblogged this on Paleotool's Weblog and commented:

    A few photos from my work blog.

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