There were a lot of bluebirds out yesterday at Black Diamond Mines. About every other bird I photographed turned out to be a bluebird.
A pair of hummingbirds were observed near the Nortonville town site, chasing each other from branch to branch while chattering raucously.
A small tree / large shrub. Seems to attract hummingbirds.
Juveniles in Rose Hill Cemetery
I saw two young gopher snakes in Rose Hill Cemetery. One was basking on the grave of Mrs. Sarah Norton.
In Rose Hill Cemetery, I saw two rattlesnakes, two gopher snakes, and a lot of nervous ground squirrels.
Observed in Rose Hill Cemetery, Nortonville, CA.
A pair of goldfinches in the pond where the toads were found.
Observed in and around a small, mucky cattle pond by the road to Rose Hill Cemetery. The pond was swarming with tadpoles, and the banks were full of tiny, newly metamorphosed toads. These toads were so small, they would be easy to mistake for insects at a glance. However, the ones that make it to adulthood will eventually be 2 - 5 inches long.
The trails were lined with fence lizards yesterday. Here's one with a dropped tail that's just beginning to regenerate.