Kip’s Comments 7-9-18

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel - Image 512276 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Habitat is Key 

Provide the correct elements needed for survival, in the appropriate amounts, and you may just see wildlife.   

I certainly never expected the water retention pond at Walmart to be the necessary habitat for a green heron, but apparently it is, at least for now. This green heron was perched on the fence surrounding the retention pond watching the Walmart shoppers go by.     

Green Heron on Fence: 

Green Heron on Fence - Image 512250 (© Kip Ladage)

Green Heron on Fence – Image 512250 (© Kip Ladage)

       

For a second example…

I was driving out of a gravel/grassy area and saw not one, but two (a mother and young) thirteen-lined ground squirrels in the grass. Obviously conditions must be satisfactory for reproduction and the successful rearing of at least one young ground squirrel.   

I did not realize ground squirrels can provide “warm” moments, but these two did when they nuzzled a couple of times.   

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels:

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel - Image 512259 (© Kip Ladage)

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel – Image 512259 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel - Image 512269 (© Kip Ladage)

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel – Image 512269 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel - Image 512276 (© Kip Ladage)

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel – Image 512276 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels - Image 512312 (© Kip Ladage)

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels – Image 512312 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel - Image 512324 (© Kip Ladage)

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel – Image 512324 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels - Image 512348 (© Kip Ladage)

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels – Image 512348 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels - Image 512376 (© Kip Ladage)

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels – Image 512376 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels - Image 512404 (© Kip Ladage)

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels – Image 512404 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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