The place I work in Riverside, California is a business park/light industrial area that’s only a couple of blocks from some hills and some undeveloped land. I like to walk along the dirt utility roads there on my lunch breaks. I take my MP3 player and listen to podcasts like Escape Pod and Welcome to Night Vale. Despite all the human activity and a fair amount of truck and train traffic in the area, I see wildlife on a pretty regular basis, especially in the winter and spring when it’s not insanely hot out.
Last winter, a herd of wild burros moved into the area for a few weeks, attacted by the green grass that came with the rain.
|They want to know two things about you: 1. Are you a threat? 2. If not, did you bring food?|
|U haz snax?|
|Stop wastin' my time|
Rabbits and ground squirrels are plentiful any time of year. I saw this cute baby bunny a couple years ago.
There are also birds, flowers and reptiles.
|I think this is a finch|
|Zoom lens says... Not a rattlesnake!|
|I am the Lizard King! I can do anything!|
|You can find pretty things in a ditch sometimes|
The coolest animal by far was the bobcat that hung around for a week or two last month. I'd seen it or one of its relatives the year before, but I got some good pictures this year.
|The first time I saw him this year, he climbed out of a drainage pipe and strode past me like it was no big thing.|
|The next day, he was chilling in the shade of a warehouse|
|The last day I saw him, he was dozing in the bushes next to the sidewalk. I was pretty surprised to see him that close and was very glad not to be a ground squirrel.|
|He was entirely unconcerned by my presence...|
|...and let me take several pictures...|
|...before deciding it was time to go.|
|He had some trouble remembering where he parked...|
|...and ended up walking home.|