Scrub Jay

While I often call it “Blue Jay”, it’s just not right. This is a California Scrub Jay, a real bully,  feeding on small animals, like frogs and lizards, eggs and young of other birds, but also grains, nuts, and berries. What’s worse, it’s regularly waking me up. On Wikipedia, its “screech” is described as “harsh and scratchy“. […]

Hometown Coyotes

The San Diego Country Estates are composed of several neighborhoods associated with the unincorporated community of Ramona, California. About 3,500 households are spread over a total area of 17 square miles, with most lot sizes are between 1/2 and 1 acre. Many of the homes were built close to one edge of a property line, […]

Backyard Coyotes

“Really, you live in Ramona? That’s way out there, in the mountains, isn’t it?”   I hear that quite often, when the conversation comes to where I live. We actually live in the San Diego Country Estates, which are composed of several neighborhoods associated with the unincorporated community of Ramona, California. Regarding “the mountains”, we […]