The farmer's worst enemy.... The thirteen-lined ground squirrel! The burrow in the ground and make tunnels through the grass. This gopher is notorious for making den holes in lawns and golf courses. These little critters are common across our area and are often seen in rural grassland areas.
Not along the lines of my usual style, this shot just happened to catch my eye. The photo was self-composed and seemed to work well. The wren made the right head angle and the branch edge completed the moment.I usually avoid all unnatural items, but this was just plain cute!
I have sought decent photos of the Scarlet Tanager all spring. A turn down another trail, which I wasn't going to make, made the difference of the sighting. I instantly saw the red bird hunting for caterpillars in the trees. The flash of black wings ruled out the Cardinal! Finally I was able to get the shots!