|The large burrow at the mouth of Badger Head Gulch|
The mouth of Badger Head Gulch was a broad dry-wash with a sandstone bank, and in that bank we found a burrow large enough to be a carnivore den.
The camera snapped 155 pictures during the next 42 days of August and September, and the site was bustling with rodent activity.
I am not sure what the attraction of the site was to these rodents, but not a single carnivore made an appearance.
Heermann's kangaroos rats were the most common visitors.
|Adult Heermann's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys heermanni)|
Some of them were juveniles.
|Juvenile k-rat before filling the external check pouches|
You can tell them from adults by their fetching, sleek, big-eyed looks. Very cute.
|after filling the cheek pouches|
The California pocket mouse was the other heteromyid rodent that visited the site, and though it is widespread at Chinineas, it was infrequently seen at this site.
|The California pocket mouse (Chaetodipus californicus)|