California Vole Foraging in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (Video)

California vole foraging in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (video)
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Running south in upper Las Virgenes Canyon, I’d passed the connector to Cheeseboro Canyon and was nearing Las Virgenes Creek. Before reaching the creek, I turned left off the main road onto a path that has a log bridge across the creek.

As I stepped onto the berm at the edge of the road, I caught a glimpse of something small and furry moving at my feet. I stopped and stepped back.

That’s when the vole poked its head from a burrow. I could almost see it squinting as it assessed whether or not I was a threat. Deciding to continue foraging, it emerged from the hole as far as it dared, and worked to free a small clump of grass at the margin of the burrow. Mission accomplished, in a flash of fur it returned to its burrow.

Some other wildlife encounters while running:
Bear Cubs on the South Fork Trail
Coyote Tag
Hawk, Bobcat and Rabbit
Northern Harrier on Lasky Mesa
Reagan Ranch Bobcat
Big Southern Pacific Rattlesnake at Ahmanson Ranch
Deer Encounters
– and many more.