it was unusual to find a pair on this side of the lake.
extremely common. this time of year often seen with acorns in their beaks
all over the place. Appears that there are no predators to keep the population in check
calling from one of the oaks near the Sun Center
5 or 6 in the underbrush
flying from tree to tree
in the top of an oak
three rather shy birds
a single bird
several calling from the end of the lake
no blue bills on the males yet
many on the lake
a fairly fresh specimen with bones projecting out.
I opened the pellet after letting it dry for 2 weeks. Interior was filled with hair and bones of a Dusky-Footed Woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes), verified by dental pattern (I-0-0-3/1-0-0-3), size and location.
BTW: the pellet still had a few larvae in it which were not happy about being separated from their cozy, though dry, environment.
stems without leaves
near drip line of small oaks
large specimen near lake
about one inch across, open sandy soil
big stand right near waters edge
Many of the oaks are heavy with acorns this year even though there was a lack of rain. OR is that the cause?
I just posted a generic placement of the following species Temperature on this 5th day of November was 82º in the afternoon. While I was out at 9:30 am it was 72º Where the marker pin is the entire shallow-water area was a giant mud flat. The control gates are being repaired so there is no tidal flow at all. Many many Marbled Godwits feeding on the mudworms.