Wednesday, November 30, 2016
|A gray fox pup peeks out from under a barn door, an improvised den entrance.|
The fox family packed down a dirt runway under the barn door - just like the entrance to an earthen underground den. From reading Random Truth's accounts of San Joaquin kit foxes, I knew many family interactions would occur at the den entrance. We set up wildlife cameras in front of the barn and over the summer we accumulated thousands of photos and videos of the fox pups. First a head would peek out from underneath the big red door, then a small body and fuzzy tail. Soon another pup would wriggle out and playtime would begin. Lots of running, biting, clumsy tackles, and tail pulling.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
A Johnson jumping spider enjoys the late afternoon sun shining on its mushroom cap doorstep
as it crunches on a earwig.
Male jumping spiders dance and sing to get the attraction of a female jumping spider. If she likes the performance, they mate. If she doesn't like it, she might eat him.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
I'm stubborn and even without a huge selection of snakes to choose from this year, I am not going to put some cutesy animal on the label. Instead, you get to choose among local animals I saw in 2016 which have a reputation of being creepy or strange, but really aren't. Mostly reptiles, spiders and bugs, but also some strange mammal tricks.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
|Two teenage pumas kicking up their heels at a lovely spring day.|
What a fantastic surprise to find photos of these young pumas. Probably worth the risk of climbing through poison oak. And I hope the Extreme Tecnu poison oak scrub works. I will know tomorrow since it usually takes 48 hours for my body to react to this allergen.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
|Tonight at sunset, April 17, 2016|
Eight years of seasonal grazing.
Spring rain with moderate temperatures.
Farthest location on the ranch from water.
|Maybe I'll do a species survey tomorrow|
Sunday, February 7, 2016
|2015 Snake #1 The Golden-Eyed Rattlesnake - third of four rattlesnakes moved from the farmyard in two days in March and an especially dark one showing off its rattle at the release site (A Pile of Rattlesnakes).|
What kind of crazy idea is this - snakes on a walnut label? You'll just have to go to past walnut label contests to get an explanation and see the snakes featured on prior labels:
Friday, February 5, 2016
About a half hour later, Papa Bear asked if I wanted him to turn the water off.