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Buckeye Branch Bumps

18 November 2017, Columbia California.

I realized that there is a growth anomaly on one of the buckeyes, and it was the buckeye that had the most pronounced fungal bodies of Eutypella. The branches of this buckeye has lots of bumps on them. The other buckeyes do not seem to have this problem.

Photos of the bumpy buckeye are at the top. Photos of a normal buckey are lower down on the page. Click an image to enlarge it.

 

The buckeye with the bumps on the branches

The buckeye with the bumps on the branches

Bumps on branch of buckeye. A valley oak is behind the buckeye.

Bumps on branch of buckeye. A valley oak is behind the buckeye.

Bumps on buckeye branches.

Bumps on buckeye branches.

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

bumps on buckeye

 

 

 

 

 

A normal buckeye, without bumps on the branches.

A normal buckeye, without bumps on the branches.

Closeup of a normal, bump-less buckeye.

Closeup of a normal, bump-less buckeye.

Normal buckeye

Normal buckeye

Normal buckeye

Normal buckeye

 

Cannibal Rat Caught

Jason Price set some rat traps in a garage in Sonora. On one trap, there was a dead rat, with only the head left in the trap. All that was left was the head, and even the back of skull had been eaten away. In another trap was a large, big-bellied rat, un-eaten. Apparently the first rat was eaten by the second, and nobody was around to eat the second rat. We presume he was the cannibal rat. 30 October 2017.

The first rat caught, was eaten away from the trap. The back of the skull has been eaten away.

You can see that the back of the skull, and brain, was eaten away.

You can see that the back of the skull, and brain, was eaten away.

This well fed rat was caught in the same garage. No sign of cannibalism on him. We can deduce that he was the cannibal that ate his buddy.

This well fed rat was caught in the same garage. No sign of cannibalism on him. We can deduce that he was the cannibal that ate his buddy.

Crazy Photos: Chickaree Stores Hundreds of Douglas Fir Cones in a House

Jason Mink took these photos at a home in Dorrington, Calaveras County, California. A chickaree (aka Douglas Squirrel) was caching Douglas Fir cones in a home. HUNDREDS of them! October 2017.

 

The chickaree found easy access into this home due to holes drilled for electric lines.

The chickaree found easy access into this home due to holes drilled for electric lines.

These cones were placed there by the chickaree.

These cones were placed there by the chickaree.

Busy chickaree caches hundreds of cones in this home in Dorrington

Busy chickaree caches hundreds of cones in this home in Dorrington.

Busy chickaree caches hundreds of cones in this home in Dorrington. He made it his home!

Busy chickaree caches hundreds of cones in this home in Dorrington. He made it his home!

Jason Mink showing the office girls the amazing chickaree photos.

Jason Mink showing the office girls the amazing chickaree photos.

Artistic Use of Bird Spikes to Repel Bats

Jason Mink had to stop bats from entering around a light fixture at a home in Saddle Creek, Angels Camp, California. Note how he managed to place the spikes around the light fixture, and make it look good. October 2017.

 

The light fixture is above the hanging light, within the entry area.

The light fixture is above the hanging light, within the entry area.

Bird spikes placed around this entry light fixture actually looks really good. Work by Jason Mink.

Bird spikes placed around this entry light fixture actually looks really good. Work by Jason Mink.

Sawdust Accumulation by Pine Tree Ants

Pine tree ants, liometopum luctuosum, are a native ant that loves to nest in large pine trees that have some decay in them. Houses prove to be a suitable, or additional, place to nest. These ants excavate into lumber to create room for the nest, and they will carry the sawdust and throw it out. The sawdust can accumulate in large piles, under nesting sites. These photos of the sawdust were taken by Jose Rodriquez, at a residence in Forest Meadows, Calaveras County, California, October 2017.

Maranatha Pine Tree Ant job

A house in the Tuolumne City area had a long-term infestation of pine tree ants, Liometopum luctuosum. Native to the area, these ants like to nest in pine trees. In this case, some wall studs worked just fine. Photos by Jon Shattuck. Video by the home owner.

The images show the wall studs after our repair crew opened the wall.