Its been a cool minute since I've seen a gopher snake. Or any snake for that matter. This one was really hunkered up.
Large bush with many racemes of flowers. Suspecting that it was planted.
I've been seeing red-shouldered hawks around campus for a couple months now. Darting above walkways going from tree to tree. Perched on light posts scanning the grassy fields. Soaring high above on midday thermals. There must be an abundance of little critters to hunt on campus otherwise why would they stick around for so long. Maybe plenty of leftovers from the students keep the mice nice and plump.
Seen behind the tennis courts on the CSUEB campus. You really have to turn up the volume to hear the recording. I just got my first smartphone the other day and the singing the bird presented a great opportunity to try my first iNaturalist App observation. Unfortunately, my attempt failed, not because of the app, but because of the user. I'm sure i'll get the hang of it eventually.
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This pup was just chillin in this cove while the mother was busying herself underneath the water. Every once and a while she would come up can glance over to the floating pup.