My Mammal Sightings Part 2

Posted February 9, 2016 by joshua1vs89
Categories: Uncategorized

Hello Mammal Watchers,

It’s time for part 2 of my previous post. I will cover some of the interesting larger mammals that I’ve seen over the years. As before, I will include locations and dates to the best of my knowledge.

1. Bobcats at Webb Canyon Road in Claremont, CA. There was one adult with 3 kittens. A great sight to see! I do not recall the date.

2. Mountain Lion at Webb Canyon Road in Claremont, CA. I observed this awesome predator from a distance. I still regret not having my camera with me that day. My only sighting of this species. I do not recall the date.

3. Gray Fox at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ. This small canid was pointed out to me by my Mom in a stand of sycamores towards the east side of the arboretum. It slinked away after a few moments. I have also seen this species a few times at Camp Trask in Monrovia, CA. (January 2016)

4. Island Fox at Cherry Cove, Catalina Island, CA. There were several of these endangered canids sneaking around our campsite and trying to get into our food. (August 2013)


5. Black Bear at Camp Trask in Monrovia, CA. I have actually seen different bears here twice. It’s a little unnerving to find one a stone’s throw from your tent right when you wake up! Oftentimes, the camp staff has to chase them away because they tend to get into trouble. I do not recall the dates.

6. Striped Skunk at Webb Canyon Road in Claremont, CA. I watched a young individual as it retreated into a burrow. I have also seen this species at the Agua Fria National Monument in Yavapai county, AZ. (November 2013)


7. California Sea Lions between San Pedro Bay, Long Beach, CA and Catalina Island. I’m not sure how far out I was on the ocean, but I did notice good numbers of these pinnipeds on the buoys. (August 2013)

8. Northern Elephant Seals at Elephant Seal Vista Point, near San Luis Obispo, CA. This is a famous spot for this species and an absolute must visit for any mammal watcher who’s traveling through California. The views are spectacular. (August 2013)


9. Harbor Seals at Cherry Cove, Catalina Island, CA. I saw a few while kayaking in the bay. (August 2013)

10. Burros southwest of Anthem, AZ. Although not native, they are interesting to see. There are a few color forms here. (September 2014)


11. Collared Peccary at North Ironhorse Way, Anthem, AZ. I saw good numbers at this location and on the nearby golf course on and off throughout much of the year. (September 2014)


12. American Bison at Shark Harbor, Catalina Island, CA. Our scout troop encountered a lone bull. Great views and photo opportunities here. (August 2013)


13. Bighorn Sheep at Icehouse Canyon in Mount Baldy, CA. At least 2 were briefly seen as they ran across the timberline above us. (June 2013)


14. Elk at Jumbo Pasture, Coconino county, AZ. Apart from the 5 individuals I observed, there were hundreds of tracks around the stock tank. A good location to stake out for photo opportunities. Other locations include Mather Point, Grand Canyon, AZ.  (May 2015)


15. Mule Deer at Webb Canyon Road in Claremont, CA. I used to see these year round and quite often at this location. Other personal top locations for this species include Camp Trask in Monrovia, CA and Cherry Cove, Catalina Island, CA. (August 2013)



(Pic 1 at Webb Canyon Road, Pic 2 at Cherry Cove)

16. White-tailed Deer at Mount Lemmon in Tucson, AZ. It was observed briefly as we drove down the mountain. (June 2015)

17.  Pronghorn along the I-40 in the Kaibab National Forest near Williams, AZ.  There were a few at that location.  There is also a lot of good habitat at the Agua Fria National Mounument in Yavapai county, AZ.  (May 2014)


18.  Common Bottlenose Dolphins at Newport Beach, CA.  Our family observed them on Super Bowl Sunday of 2011.  There were no people out on the beach that day, so the Dolphins felt comfortable in feeding close to the shore.  We were able to witness their impressive acrobatics as they hunted.

19.  Short-finned Pilot Whales between San Pedro Bay, Long Beach, CA and Catalina Island.  A crew member pointed out a small pod that was heading west.  These were the only whales I have ever seen.  (August 2013)





New (old) Trip Reports: Somalia and Ethiopia

Posted February 8, 2016 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa, Uncategorized

More from Vladimir Dinets’s back catalogue

Somalia, 2005: Vladimir Dinets’s notes of a brief visit with species including Silver Dik-dik.

Ethiopia, 2009: Vladimir Dinet’s notes of several months and 140 or so species seen including a lot of rodents and bats, Abyssinian Genet, Bale Shrew, and Red-fronted Gazelle.


New Trip Report – Tasmania

Posted February 6, 2016 by Jon Hall
Categories: Australasia, Uncategorized

Here’s a new report from a new contributor.

Jimmy Lamb spent a couple of weeks in Tasmania late last year and cleaned up on the larger mammals.  A very useful report with great photos.  And he has promised more information on his home state Western Australia too

Tasmania, 2015: Jimmy Lamb, 2 weeks and all of the larger land mammals including Tiger Quolls and Tasmanian Bettongs.



My Mammal Sightings Part 1

Posted February 6, 2016 by joshua1vs89
Categories: Uncategorized

For the Mammal Watchers,

my name is Joshua Smith and I am a lifelong wildlife enthusiast from New River, AZ (formerly of LaVerne, CA). I am primarily a birder, but have also recently become much more serious in my study of mammals and herps. I am an active member of both Project Noah and eBird and try to include mammal sightings on these sites when I can. I have finally completed my mammal life list and want to share with you some of the most interesting species I’ve seen. I will leave out common or widespread species. This first post will consist of small mammals and eventually I will write about the larger mammals I’ve seen!  Note:  the animal’s picture comes after the info.

1. Yellow-bellied Marmot at Intake 2 near Lake Sabrina in Bishop, CA. It was on a large boulder-covered slope. (June 2013)


2. Belding’s Ground Squirrels at Four Jeffrey’s Campground near Bishop, CA. I observed a few in the sagebrush-dominated campsite and surrounding habitat. They did use burrows within the campsite. (June 2013)


3. Harris’s Antelope Squirrels in a wash near the community of Arroyo Norte in New River, AZ. They were in the wash directly south of the community. (May 2015)


4. Round-tailed Ground Squirrels at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ. They are abundant in this area during the summer.


(these Round-tailed Ground Squirrel pups were from a different location, but a cool find!)


5. Merriam’s Chipmunk at the Bridge To Nowhere Trailhead in Azusa, CA. (November 2013)


6. Gray-collared Chipmunk at Jumbo Pasture near Happy Jack, Coconino, AZ. (April 2015)


7. Cliff Chipmunk at Best Western Plus of Sedona, AZ. (June 2014)

8. Lodgepole Chipmunk at Bridalveil Campground, Yosemite National Park. (August 2013)

9. Tassel-eared Squirrel at the NAU Skydome in Flagstaff, AZ. (November 2014)

10. Western Gray Squirrels at Webb Canyon Road in Claremont, CA. I spent several years in the area. My most reliable location for this species. They prefer the areas with large oaks and moist undergrowth.

11. Arizona Gray Squirrel at East Clear Creek Campground in Camp Verde, AZ. (November 2015)


12. California Voles at Webb Canyon Road in Claremont, CA. These were quite common throughout the year in the grassy fields south of the road. My most reliable way of finding them was to lift up logs or debris.

13. Arizona Cotton Rats at desert stock tank south of Anthem, AZ. This area was directly north of the prison that is south of Anthem. There is a brushy pond surrounded by cattails and this is where I observed them briefly. (October 2015)

14. Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel at Intake 2 near Lake Sabrina in Bishop, CA. (June 2013)


15. Broad-footed Mole at Webb Canyon Road in Claremont, CA. I do not count this on my life list because it was dead. There had been a lot of rain and it had apparently drowned. I found it in a moist oak forest south of the road. I do not recall the date.


16. Hoary Bat at Hanawalt St. in LaVerne, CA. It was found dead on the sidewalk. I do not recall the date.


17. California Myotis at Baseline Community Church in Claremont, CA. I was surprised to find this bat sleeping in a closed patio umbrella. This species is apparently known to roost solitarily during the day. I do not recall the date.

18. Bailey’s Pocket Mouse at Garden City Nurseries in Phoenix, AZ. This rodent was found dead and looked like it had been for a while. (May 2015)


Part 2 is coming soon…

Thanks for reading, please comment, and good mammal watching!




New (old) Trip Report – Southern Africa

Posted February 1, 2016 by Jon Hall
Categories: Africa

Vladimir Dinets took a six month trip through Southern Africa back in 2008, visiting South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.  He saw a lot of species, including many rodents, shrews and bats.  And he’s just now written a trip report.


Global Mammal Checklist Jan 2016 Update

Posted January 30, 2016 by Jon Hall
Categories: Uncategorized

I’ve updated the global mammal checklist on, something I promised to do every 6 months.  This latest update includes recent changes made by the IUCN, and I have also updated the Australian mammals to bring them into line with a new taxonomy produced last year following Jackon & Groves Taxonomy of Australian Mammals, 2015  (something the IUCN RedList has yet to pick up but I imagine will do before too long). Thanks also to Paul Carter for sending me a long list of corrections, common names and more.

As a reminder, the master list is very similar to the IUCN’s RedList though there are some ad hoc divergences (including listing domesticated species which exist in feral populations). A second worksheet within this XLS workbook, lists all divergences from the IUCN Redlist.

The third worksheet keeps track of all changes made over time (if you are already using an earlier version of this list this should be helpful to update your lifelist).

For more information read this or post questions and comments



White-winged Bat in Rwanada

Posted January 26, 2016 by dvrobichaud
Categories: Africa

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This bat was flying over the Masaka wetland (Kigali, Rwanda) at dusk. It had strikingly white wings – I’ve never seen a bat like it. I have very few African bat resources available to me, but see that there is a species on the Rwandan bat list called White-winged Serotine (and a Google image search shows a similarly patterned animal).  If anyone has any thoughts on the topic, I would love to hear them.

Sorry for the poor quality of the image — it was getting dark and the bat was moving quickly)

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