Tuesday, October 6, 2009

habitat ~ 10/06/09 ~ Fort Ord - Army Lands

Fort Ord controlled burn - from home
October 6, 2009

You can see where one of my favorite hiking spots is located in relation to home. They seem to do these every year. For a couple days each fall, we have thick smoke and ash in the air. It's not the most fun thing, especially when I was home with a nasty cold and already had a hard time breathing. Cough, hack, choke...

09/01/10 - They've started the annual burns at Fort Ord today. It's been sunny with not much breeze. The smoke plumes don't seem to be as big as shown above from last year.
California ground squirrel
Otospermophilus beecheyi

OK, I'm making a guess as to species. I hate to admit to it, but I'm waiting for this one to be hawk food as it lounges in the sun a mere 20 yards from the hawk's perch.

ps 02/11/10 - In the past week, we've seen this squirrel back on top of the rock staring at us through the office window. I guess it survived the hawk's hunt.

ps 09/02/10 - I incorrectly identified this originally as a western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus). Now, I think it's a California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi).