Tag Archives: Odocoileus hemionus

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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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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Interesting Composition

During this “stay-at-home” period Leonard and I hike in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc/Lassen Counties CA) almost every day. Winter birds are leaving, summer residents are arriving and the year-round fauna continue to delight. Because of cold temperatures spring is … Continue reading

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Shared Habitat

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In our area the chief food of coyotes is lagomorphs (hares, rabbits), small rodents (ground squirrels, gophers, kangaroo rats, meadow mice and voles) insects, nuts, berries and fruit. However,  coyotes (Canis latrans) are very adaptable and will eat whatever is … Continue reading

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Bambi and Thumper

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Last fall Leonard discovered a domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in our barn (near Lookout CA, Modoc County). With no nearby houses or knowledge of local people with rabbits, we had no idea how the rabbit ended up in our barn. … Continue reading

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