Here’s a few photos and a short video of trying to coax a tarantula out of her burrow.
Baculites are fossil cephalopods that formed long rod-shaped “bones,” much like the inner shell of a modern squid. The largest ones may be several feet long, but here at Baculite Mesa they are mostly small specimens.
Here is one of the several preying mantises we found, a male.
And the group, working on the tarantula burrow. We found several at home, but not eager to step into the sunlight.
Here is a mating pair of Phyciodes picta, a desert version of the foothill campestris. It seems to be common in Pueblo County. We found scores of them.
And a whiptail lizard, apparently sleeping through our disturbances.
And even birds, although besides the pond-side doves and killdeer, there were few. Here’s a rock wren, the best photo I could get as it kept moving.