Friday, May 31, 2013

Scavengers hit the Preserve last week, clumsily hacking down this utility pole and carting away its wire. It turns out the line was dead and that actually the pole belongs to Chevron. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

On occasion a gopher is flooded out of its hole by a leaking drip line, as happened in this case. It was one soggy creature. .
In 20 days, the solar panels (shown being installed) have produced more electricity than has been used. It is expected the panels will produce 93% of the electricity needed to run the big tank's pump.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tumbleweed Bramble Up-Close and Unpleasant.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bird headed for kestrel box; unfortunately, it is not a kestrel but probably an European Starling. In a classic example of unintended consequences, there are millions of starling in the US, all descended from 100 birds introduced in 1890 by a Shakespeare aficionado who decided that every bird species mentioned by Shakespeare should be introduced into the United States. His original colony was in Manhattan's Central Park. They are throughout the US now. They are cavity nesters and therefore are in competition with native birds.