I’ve always been interested in the Horned Lark, (Eremophila alpestris) since I first saw a drawing of it in an old bird field guide. I had my first encounter with one (as seen here) at Joeseph D. Grant County Park in San Jose, CA just two days ago. Surprisingly there were a good number of them hanging out by the trails, and they weren’t terribly shy.
I haven’t been out hiking or camping much lately. I have been pretty busy with school and a new part time job. Luckily, I was able to get out last weekend with the Gaston brother’s and we camped out on one of the coldest nights here in California (not that cold compared to most of the country)of the year. I think the temperature was down to around 20-26 degrees Fahrenheit. The hike was great, the camping, even better. We all stayed relatively warm in our tents as we slept on a bed of pine leaves. It was a much needed short excursion, which brought back a few good shots.
I just got back from the first field trip for Biology class. It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot about plant and tree life as well as saw a lot of these little guys flying around. Henry Coe State Park, California
Today I came across this coyote who was out hunting. He had found a gopher hole and managed to dig out a couple of babies to snack upon. Soon after, I could see he was onto something, but couldn’t tell what. He started running and I lost him behind a hill. I looked to the other end of the hill to where he would soon pop out and noticed a bobcat. As soon as I spotted the bobcat it must have seen the coyote coming its way because he booked it. The coyote was right behind as they both darted over the hillside and out of view. Later when I reviewed the video I took of the pursuit, I saw the bobcat run up a tree and the coyote stop at the base, not able to climb up to catch him.