Archive for August 2010

Chipmunk ID – any ideas?

August 31, 2010

Matt Miller and I were on the north rim of the Grand Canyon last week and I took a few photos of what I assumed was a Uinta chipmunk near the camp site. I didn’t realise at the time that Colorado Chipmunks are also present in the park. As our main target was Abert’s Squirrel we didn’t pay a lot of attention to this critter.

Would anyone like to say whether this animal is the Uinta or Colorado flavour?

Jon

Japanese Marten Site

August 31, 2010

Dave Pullan in the UK was good enough to let me know about a site in Japan for Japanese Marten which he visited at the start of this year. Its in Aomori Prefecture in northern Honshu and some details are at the end of my Japan page along with one of Dave’s pictures of a Marten. Nice looking things!.

http://www.mammalwatching.com/Palearctic/palearctjapan.html

Jon

New Trip Reports – Northern Cape (South Africa) and Corbett (India)

August 30, 2010

Two new reports are linked at the bottom of the relevant mammalwatching pages

Northern Cape 2010: Matt and Maureen Steer, the first installment of a round the world wildlife trip. Some nice species including Black-footed Cat and a Honey Badger.

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Corbett and the Himalayan foothills 2010: Derek Shingles, 10 days and several mammals including a Tiger.

Jon

Calvin Klein and Large Latin Mammals

August 30, 2010

Thank you to Jean-Michel Bompar for sharing this…

There was an old woman who swallowed a fly….

August 30, 2010

This is a really nice example of how when one thing disturbs an ecosystem, all sorts of flow on effects can follow ..

Trojan Horse attack on native lupine: Tiny mice advance under of invasive beachgrass to feast on seeds of endangered plant (August 16, 2010) — At Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, Calif., a fierce battle is taking place between an invasive plant and a native plant, but one with a new twist. European beachgrass provides cover that allows a timid deer mouse to get close enough to the lupine to snip off stalks of lupine fruits without being nabbed by overflying birds. The two plants aren’t in direct competition, but the beachgrass in this indirect way threatens the lupine’s ability to survive. … > full story

New Trip Report – Borneo and Singapore

August 30, 2010

A third excellent report from Sjef Ollers covering Sabah and Singapore, 2007 – 3 weeks & 35 species including Clouded Leopard, Flat-headed Cat and Hose’s Langur.

New Trip Reports – Brazil and Costa Rica

August 30, 2010

Sjef Ollers sent me two great reports for Brazil and Costa Rica

Costa Rica 2008: 3 weeks & 22 species including an Ocelot and a Long-tailed Weasel

South East Brazil, 2010: 3 weeks & 23+ species including several interesting prmates, Greater Grisons and an Orange Spined Hairy-dwarf Porcupine.

Jon