It is interesting what you find when you slow down a bit and look at the natural details around you. This is a neat rodent path that was running through tall coastal grass. It was probably made by an Amargosa Vole or some other field mouse. This was in a small grassy area on the top of a hill overlooking a rocky beach along the California coast. I like the structure of the path with the overarching tunnel. It’s evident that the path is used often. Not only is traveling the same path consistently a convenient way for the animal to travel through the grass, but the overhead structure probably provides some protection from being seen by predators.
In the past, I have had a frustrating relationship with these cute little Botta’s Pocket Gophers. They can be quite destructive to gardens, lawn, and fruit trees. However, they are a native species, and they are important to the balance of the ecosystem, so over the years I have come to appreciate them as wild animals. Their short attention span makes them quite entertaining to watch; within moments they forget that you are nearby.
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