Thursday, 29 March 2012

Neighbourhood Watch

The quails were the first ones to raise the alarm, running along the top of the wall chattering loudly and every so often pausing to stare over the edge before resuming their running and fussing.

Next was the Round-tailed Ground Squirrel peering over a rock, chattering and flicking his tail whilst staring very intently at the base of the wall.
OK guys I get the hint - there is a problem!

Oh I see what all the noise is about now it's the local rodent control officer doing her afternoon rounds. It is very hard for her to focus when you are all making such a fuss!

And you know she has a very important job to do because if it wasn't for her we would be over-run with Packrats and that is never a good thing.

Although other members of the local population are not so keen on this afternoon routine, I am always delighted to see our beautiful Gopher Snake quietly making her way around the yard.

Maybe it's because I have one of her cousins at work, I don't know but I think they have such beautiful faces.

And she can wind herself round the base of my birdbath in the shade during a lazy afternoon any time she wants.

Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods


Libby Rodriguez said...

I LOVE how your pictures tell a little story! The quail is really beautiful. These are really good shots that you captured. I always look forward to your Nature Notes!

Rambling Woods said...

Another lesson in many people are so afraid of snakes..She does have a pretty face..thank you for your lessons Celeste...Michelle

Dianne said...

I used to date a guy who had all sorts of snakes and lizards
he turned out to be a jerk but I fell in love with the critters and learned a lot about them

she has a lovely face

the pic of the peeking squirrel is adorable

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