|A gray fox pup peeks out from under a barn door, an improvised den entrance.|
A Johnson jumping spider enjoys the late afternoon sun shining on its mushroom cap doorstep
as it crunches on a earwig.
|Two teenage pumas kicking up their heels at a lovely spring day.|
|Tonight at sunset, April 17, 2016|
|Maybe I'll do a species survey tomorrow|
|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).|
|An unusual sight in an unusually dry summer - six bucks drinking out of the house trough in the day time. |
If you look closely at the antlers of the third buck from the left, you can see they are red-tinged from blood vessels under the velvet the buck had just rubbed off.
|Coiled under the prickly leaves of a milk thistle, a small rattlesnake blends in with the brown leaves and dirt.|
|How I prefer to see western yellow-bellied racers in the Dipper farmyard - out of harm's way.|
June 2, 2009
|Round pupils, large scales between the eyes, black line through the eye, brown rectangular blotches arranged longways across the body, often shiny, head usually only slightly wider then neck = Pacific gopher snake.|
|A California mountain kingsnake checks out a ranger's duty belt.|
|A pile of rattlesnakes warming up in the sun under the barn door on an early March day.|
|A sapsucker stretches after its winter arrival at the Dipper Ranch orchard.|
This one looks like a cross between the red-naped sapsucker and the red-breasted sapsucker.
Hardly any walnuts have fallen on the ground at the Dipper Ranch and they're all pecked open by birds. There will be no walnut harvest party this year. It must be the four-year drought. The walnut trees leafed out in June this year - two months late. It must be climate change.The Dipper Ranch walnut trees in December:
Here's a few thousand walnuts on the ground for you. Sorry, dropped them in their husks this year. And it's going to rain soon so you better pick them up before they mold. Isn't climate always changing?
|The first time a bobcat goes by the camera in this time period is November 12 near first light.|