George Anderson wrote, “We have not had any [California] Quail chicks in our backyard hedgerow for about five years. This year, a bonanza! The picture shows the young ones nestling and preening after a dust bath. How many can you count? 20 seems to be the consensus answer, but it’s challenging with such great protective coloration.”

It's hard to tell exactly how many little ones are in there! Siegfried Matull took one of my favorite photos of a Quail family, all lined up and easily counted.

There are fourteen little chicks in Siegfried's photo, with the father on the right and the mother on the left.

Thanks to George and Siegfried for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Craig Tooley took this photo of a tiny Mouse, and it sure does look cute!

 

I think Craig photographed a House Mouse, Mus musculus. However you feel about rodents, you have to admit this is a sweet photo.

Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is his website: www.ruffimage.com

This Bobcat was taking a break from hunting for gophers when Rachel Turner spotted it in front of her house. The cat with the "bobbed" tail and tufted ears appears to be looking right at Rachel.

Bobcats are year round residents of the coast. They are often seen in the daylight hours, especially early mornings. They hunt for many different animals, but here they seem to eat a lot of gophers.

Thanks to Rachel for allowing me to share her photo with you here.

Laura Yale wrote, “We spotted three Gray Fox kits on the ninth hole at TSR Golf Course. We have watched them play and grow up these last weeks. It’s so much fun that it’s hard to concentrate on the golf!”

Adrian Bennett had a Gray Fox family in her yard at TRS. She wrote, “I have had the most fabulous five weeks with the fox family. Jeff Heenan and his crew recently built us a new deck. The fox family has made my deck their playground, running and chasing each other around planters, in and out of them, on top and bottom of furniture, terrorizing my outdoor pillows, and giving me endless house of laughter.”

The photo Adrian sent shows the Gray Fox kits at about two and a half weeks old.

Gray Fox kits have to be some of the cutest babies on the Mendonoma coast! Thanks to Laura and Adrian for allowing me to share their photos with you here.

Alumroot, Heuchera micrantha, is a member of the Saxifrage Family and it blooms along the path besides Quinliven Creek on our property and many other woodland locations on the coast. In fact, it carpets swaths of land next to our creek. It has tiny white flowers, as David Bergman-Hill's photo reveals.

Alumroot has maple-shaped leaves, and the slim flower stalk stands about six inches high. This plant's leaves have medicinal uses, as they are a strong astringent. They have a long blooming season, and it always makes me happy to see them.

Thanks to David for allowing me to share his photo with you here.