Category Archives: Mammals

Cottontail Nest

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Leonard has a small native plant garden. Grasses, Leonard’s passion, dominate the plot, along with a few wildflowers. Native California poppies also grow in profusion. A few days ago when Leonard went out to weed he unexpectedly disturbed a Nuttall’s … Continue reading

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Muskrat Housekeeping

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On warm summer evenings Leonard and I enjoy setting up chairs near a site where we might be able to observe wildlife. It is so pleasant to sit as the sun sets and see what animals and birds appear. A … Continue reading

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Magpie Grooming Service

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Black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia) are known for picking ticks from the backs of large mammals such as deer, elk, moose and livestock. The magpie either eats the ticks or caches the excess for later use. Unfortunately, most of the cached … Continue reading

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Successful Hunt

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Long-tailed weasels (Mustela frenata) are very quick. Although they are most active at night, it is not uncommon to see one during the day. With their long, slender bodies, long-tailed weasels can climb trees, squirm through rock piles, brush or … Continue reading

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Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are social animals that typically stay in groups. Females and their offspring form multi-generational herds. Only during the fawning season do these familial groups temporarily disperse. Bucks and young males either remain single or group together … Continue reading

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