Three or four times a week I go running at lunchtime. I usually do four to five miles at a time. The most common route for my workout is the foothills above where I work. The place is filled with interesting wildlife if you keep your eyes open.
Last week I saw two fist sized tarantulas walking along the trail.
Guydads’ “Wild Kingdom” list of lunchtime critters:
Three Mule DeerNo mountain lion sightings. Many others have seen one in the area. In fact a mountain lion was shot in a residential area in May of 2004.
One coyote, saw twice
Many Blacktail Jackrabbits
Thousands of squirrels
Half a dozen gopher snakes, but no rattlesnakes.
Lizards from a half-inch in size to eight inches.
California Quails, doves, swallows, hummingbirds, Great Blue Herons, egrets,
crows, owls, swifts, woodpeckers, jays, wrens, mockingbirds, sparrows, finches,
A hawk with a snake in its beak.