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Red-tail hawk feasts on gopher snake

Red-tailed hawk feeds on gopher snake. Look carefully through the branches and you’ll see the snake’s body hanging down. Photo by Marina Chainey, Richmond, CA
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The gophers are plentiful in Wildcat Regional Park and I’ve been watching many raptors make meals of them.  Apparently the gopher snakes are also partaking in the bounty.  However, this gopher snake became a meal for a Red-tailed Hawk today.
Marina Chainey, Richmond, California

The food chain can get very complicated, or as they say … it’s a jungle out there! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Under: Gopher, Gopher snake, Red-tailed hawk | 1 Comment »

Gophers: Want to know what they look like? Check these photos

Botta’s pocket gopher sticking its head out of a hole. Photo by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, CA
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Can you please show me what a gopher looks like? I occasionally see some sort of little rodent (I think) sticking its head out of a hole in my backyard. I think it may be eating some of my plants but I don’t really care. I’m willing to share. Thanks.
Jenny C., Palo Alto, California

Above and below are photos of a Botta’s pocket gopher (the local species that lives in the Bay Area) sticking its head out of a hole. You can also click on this link to see more gopher photos.

Hope this helps. Have you given the little rodent a name, yet? /Gary

Botta’s pocket gopher sticking its head out of a hole. Photo by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, CA
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Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Under: Gopher | 2 Comments »

Gophers. Ever wondered what they look like? Here’s a photo.

Gopher feeding in backyard. Photo by Joanne Smith, Union City, CA
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“YUM! Green things!” said the gopher, as it munched away in somebody’s backyard.

I regularly get requests from my readers, asking what gophers look like. See above.


Now you know. /Gary

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2011
Under: Gopher | 4 Comments »