One or two tree squirrels were attacking a Japanese maple tree, chewing off small branches. There was little we could do, as the homeowners did not want to harm the squirrels.
Looking online, we find that this behavior of attacking and chewing off small branches of Japanese maples is common.
31 August 2020, Columbia Ca.
Chickarees (aka Douglas squirrels) had no trouble gaining entrance through a gap at the peak of this very tall home in Bear Valley.
After our manager. Josh Esposito, found the entry point, plans were made on how to exclude the chickarees.
The ground was sloped too severely to allow the use of a boom truck. So our crew, Beto Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, and Tito Rodriquez-Tinoco built a platform to hold a forty foot ladder, allowing Juan to climb all the way up and seal the entry point.
Great work, men!!
9 July 2020
Bears often get into people’s trash in Dorrington. I came to spray this house and saw that the trash can holder had been knocked over. The top/lid was still attached, and even latch was still on it. The bear managed to pull out the trash, and even left his signature on the lid. I cleaned up the mess for the owners.
29 April 2020
Ryles Richards found two pack rat nests under a house in Pine Mountain Lake, Groveland Ca. The nests were on opposite sides of the home’s subarea.
14 February 2020
A rat was actually in the smaller, multicolored nest, and ran away when Ryles found the nest.
One nest is made from a variety of materials, and was constructed on an old green sleeping bag.
The other nest, two pictures at the bottom, was more birdnest-like, in that it was open at the top.
While digging up a mound of dirt left by a pocket gopher, I found a cache of small pieces of bermuda grass roots.
11 February 2020, Sonora California.
Here is a link to a video of a pocket gopher cache of acorns.
23 October 2019. One or more raccoons were gaining entry into a subfloor through a hole cut by a cleaning company to drain moisture from a subfloor. They did not bother to cover the hole or to screen it off. Raccoons appear to have discovered the convenient new living space. They were particularly noisy just before dawn, disturbing the occupants.
We sealed off potential entry areas, and placed a one-way door to let the animals out, and to block their re-entry. We used bird spikes as an additional means to stop them from tearing the one-way door from the entry point. It appears to be working.
Work in progress…
Heather Nordstrom is chronicling the development of a western wood pewee nest on her front porch.
The first photos show the nest on 20 May 2019. They had hatched on, or before, the 15th of June, 2019.
24 June 2019: The nest fell off the ledge. Heather rounded up the chicks, and put up a box to hold the nest. The mother bird continued to care for her babies.
26 June 2019: Heather went to look in their nest and that scared the chicks, and they all fluttered out and landed on her porch. She rounded them up quickly and put them in the compost bucket. They flew out a few more times before they finally settled in and stayed. She had to turn off her porch light so that they would go to sleep.
28 June 2019: Heather reported that three of the babies flew into the woodland adjacent to her house, this day, and right before nightfall she heard a scrub jay eat one, she was pretty sure. she heard the jays squawking around that area and then she heard what sounded like a baby bird squawking. she went over there but couldn’t reach anything or walk into it because the vegetation was too dense. “Hopefully there are still two left out there. The fourth one would not leave the yard and would not get off the ground so I put it back in the nest for the night and I might just let it leave when it’s ready because the mom keeps feeding it.”
29 June 2019: Heather was out for the day, and when she got back, right before dark, “everything was quiet so I’m assuming the last one joined its family in the brush or got eaten.”
So it took about two weeks for the western wood pewees to grow up enough to fly away.