Surprise – Mammal!

I was photographing with ranch guests on the Laguna Seca Ranch last night and Shirley said, “Oh, look! Is that a mouse?” But she knew in her mind that it wasn’t. The little critter with little dark eyes and long whiskers was excavating from below, shoving and tossing dirt with its nose and forehead. It’s a Pocket Gopher, my second one this year! We watched as it cleared a path from its subterranean home. I suspect all the rain we’ve been getting has collapsed many of the burrows and they have a full-time job reopening their paths.
Pocket Gopher on the Laguna Seca Ranch

Pocket Gopher on the Laguna Seca Ranch

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Ruth Hoyt

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