Friday Surveys

It was back to the ranch on Friday for California salamanders and Callippe butterflies.

On the way, this forked horn buck ran down the road in front of us. One of the few I've seen in the last couple weeks.

On the way, this forked horn buck ran down the road in front of us. One of the few I’ve seen in the last couple weeks.

We seen very few deer lately. This is not a great time of year for deer observation because the bucks are in bachelor groups and the does are in hiding while the fawns are small. However, the lack of deer has gone way beyond what those effects can cause. Last summer, most of the water sources in the area dried up and deer died in large numbers. It will be a while before the deer rebound.

Our salamander larvae surveys were very productive. Here's one of our morphing CTS.

Our salamander larvae surveys were very productive. Here’s one of our morphing CTS.

We spent a couple hours observing butterflies and butterfly habitat. We watched them on nectar plants like buckeye trees and our butterfly expert caught some to determine their species type and sex. It was an interesting activity. We have many butterflies on the ranch.

This great cloud appeared on the southern horizon and stayed with us for quite a while.

This great cumulus cloud appeared on the southern horizon and stayed with us for quite a while.

A western pond turtle hid from me in upper La Costa creek on the way home.

A western pond turtle hid from me in upper La Costa creek on the way home.

After a while the turtle came out and gave me a better view.

After a while the turtle came out and gave me a better view.

I snapped this photo of our 100+ year old cabin with the same cumulus cloud in the background.

I snapped this photo of our 100+ year old cabin with the same cumulus cloud in the background.

A gobbler snipped seed heads from plants alongside the road.

A gobbler snipped seed heads from plants alongside the road.

Two deer in one day. A rare event these days.

Two deer in one day. A rare event these days.

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