Archive for the ‘North American’ category

Recent posts you may have missed

August 29, 2016

Hello from Tokyo, where I am working after a happy – but short visit – to Amami Island, where I saw 17 of the endemic black Amami Rabbits and a couple of the very cool Ryoku Long-furred Rats.  Report coming soon.

Meanwhile, until we get an alert system in place  notifying the new posts, here are some recent posts you might want to check out

New Trip Report – Southern India

New Trip Report – Tapiche (Peru)

New Trip Report – Vienna

Carizo Plain RFI  (California)


New (old) Trip Report from Kenya and Tanzania

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind – my report back (and my talk) from the British Bird Fair

Two New Trip Reports – Namibia

New Trip Report – Bolivia

I have a bunch more to add this week and next







Yellow Bellied Marmot .. Not as cute as I thought

July 3, 2016

Nick Waterstraat was lucky enough to observe this rare – and bloodthirsty – Marmot behaviour in California.  Fascinating.


Yellowstone Report – May 2016

June 21, 2016

We spent a week in Yellowstone in mid May and had a great time.  Of our 9 trips so far this one was likely the best.  The bears were everywhere, we saw our first Long-tailed Weasel, and we saw some great wolf behavior.

The only bad news is that May was more crowded than usual (1st May ever with more than 400k visitors).  But as usual, getting out early and staying out late helped to beat the crowds.  Here are a few links for those interested.

Gallery Link

Trip Report Link

Here’s a sampling of some pictures:






And finally, if you want to see Columbian Ground Squirrels the rest areas in Western Montana along I90 are filled with them.



Arizona Bats

June 21, 2016

Well, the bats are certainly back at our place here north of Tucson.  Here is what was waiting for us after a trip to Yellowstone a few weeks back:


I count about 20 Pallid bats.  While we like bats we would prefer them to hang out in their bat house which has yet to be used.  The poop from 20 bats on your porch is a bit much.

I was hoping for some ID help with another bat that visited us.  We have had the Big Brown Bat before but this bat was smaller, blonder and seemed to have longer ears:




Thanks in advance.


Woodchucks Galore!

June 19, 2016

Andrew Block asked me to report the following Woodchuck plague – sounds pretty impressive!  It appears to have been a bumper year for rodents big and small out east.


Yesterday while driving around in Putnam and Dutchess Cos., NY, the Woodchucks were everywhere!  I must have had a total of 15 or more along US & S. Rtes. 44, 55, 82, and 9, several local roads in the area, and the Taconic Pkwy.  They were along roadsides and in yards and were adults and youngsters.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many.
Andrew v. F. Block
Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist

And another California Report

May 20, 2016

This time from Vladimir Dinets, who teamed up with Venkat Sankar last weekend.  They saw some nice stuff.

California Weekend, 2016: Vladimir Dinets, 1 week & some nice species including Mojave Ground SquirrelDark Kangaroo MouseAgile Kangaroo Rat, Pygmy Rabbit and White-eared Pocket Mouse.


New trip Report: Rhode Island

May 19, 2016

Here’s a short report of a few hours I spent looking for mammals in Rhode Island last weekend.   Ten species, including Meadow Jumping Mice, Southern Red-backed Vole, Southern Bog Lemming and what I think was a New England Cottontail (grateful for other’s views on what flavour of rabbit this is).