This is some of the life I’ve been closely interacting with over the last year and a half. Weedy Field is the undeveloped ‘green belt’ between the parking lots for unnamed buildings B and W. It is full of trees with birds, lizards, mushrooms, squirrels, dragonflies, butterflies, and at least one friendly female Jack rabbit. After being in this space for months, most of the animals have come to know me, sometimes because I feed them raw peanuts and raw sunflower seeds, and partly because they are as curious as I am!
Four sets of parents had offspring they showed off: the hummingbirds, blue jays, squirrels, and lizards. Jill (the Jack rabbit) had her bunnies elsewhere but stayed close to me throughout her pregnancy – very close, as you’ll see. At least two animals died, tho they weren’t ones close to me. There’s ongoing evidence of humans making visits for global hide-and-seek with GeoCache. There were also scores of transient visitors such as magpies, robins, wild turkeys, Cedar Waxwings, Towhees, and a huge, beautiful red-tailed hawk. (The hawk died in a poisoning incident I’m deeply disturbed by but another will come as the squirrel population re-blooms).
The place turns bright yellow in the early Summer from the poppies, fiery red in the Fall, quieter and moody in deep Winter, and both noisy and busy in the Spring. With all this and jet fighters making touch-and-go’s on the nearby runways and turkey buzzards circling high overhead, there are no days where something interesting doesn’t happen and many days that could fill up a lot more than the 75 minutes I have available to visit each work day.
I hope you enjoy this collection and perhaps come out to see the wonders of God’s Little Strip of Land, nestled between all the rapid growth of Rancho Cordova – and oasis of natural beauty.