Posted by: clapperail | September 17, 2009

Tarantula season is here

The Bay Area  has so many wonderful parks and natural places to visit that it’s sometimes hard to chose where we want to take a walk. We decided to stay close to home and try some  local places we haven’t been before or for a long time. Last night we walked to the top of Mt. Wanda, part of the John Muir Historical Site property. It turned out to be a good workout and with wonderful, unexpected views. On one side we could see past the Benicia Bridge

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and on the other, Mt. Diablo.IMG_1537

Tonight we went out to the foothills of Mt. Diablo to Borges Ranch for a more leisurely loop around the hills. On the way out we saw our first Tarantula of the season.

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Posted by: clapperail | September 12, 2009

Sunset Show

While waiting for the now late rising beavers to show themselves last night, we took a walk down to Granger’s Wharf for a little early evening birding. What we witnessed instead was a stunning, sky show with breathtaking colors.

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Posted by: clapperail | September 3, 2009

Daily Beavers 9/02/09

Yearling Beaver walking over the primary dam

Yearling Beaver walking over the primary dam

I caught this yearling coming back home in the morning after working on the 2nd dam.

Posted by: clapperail | August 31, 2009

Daily Beavers 8/30/09

Yearling walking on the dam

Yearling walking on the dam

Posted by: clapperail | August 29, 2009

Daily Beavers 8/29/09

At last nights beaver tour we had a very curious yearling come over to show off for our guests.

Peek-a-boo beaver

Peek-a-boo beaver

Posted by: clapperail | August 25, 2009

Racoon Family Reunited

Our little wayward baby raccoon  made it back to his family apparently unharmed. I saw the 5 little ones running with Mom tonight. It was too dark for photos  but here are some from a few days ago.

Mom racoon and her kids

Mom racoon and her kids

Posted by: clapperail | August 22, 2009

Daily Beavers 9/21/09

Last nights beaver visit was finally timed so I could see the newly formed 4th dam.

Beginning of 4th dam

Beginning of 4th dam

It may seem an unusual way to start a dam but with the daily tidal influence it takes a lot of work to keep it stable.

4th dam-view from the railroad tracks

4th dam-view from the railroad tracks

and then finally a yearling appeared to the delight of a group of new viewers.

Yearling Beaver at the dam

Yearling Beaver at the dam

Posted by: clapperail | August 21, 2009

Where’s Mom?

Baby Racoon-separated from mom

Baby Racoon-separated from mom

Posted by: clapperail | August 20, 2009

Daily Beavers 8/19/09

Yearling Beaver grooming at 2nd dam

Yearling Beaver grooming at 2nd dam

Tonite Beavers took their sweet time coming out and headed out downstream to stop and do some grooming and mudding at the 3rd. dam. Three new Juvenile Green Herons were hanging out in the creek near the first dam.

Juv. Green Heron

Juv. Green Heron

Posted by: clapperail | August 16, 2009

Daily Beavers 8 /16/09

young Muskrat

young Muskrat

No, this isn’t a beaver, but one of the young Muskrats that frequent the beaver habitat.

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