So back in October we set up the motion detector camera in the back patio to hopefully get a shot of whatever critter was going to town every night underneath the Butterfly Bush, littering the vicinity with twigs, cuttings from the scented geraniums, and (of all things) very large scat that looked suspiciously like dog poop (where'd it come from? Hana's dog run?!). Anyhoo, we're inclined to believe that these late-night machinations are the works of a very large rat. The resultant photographic evidence strongly suggests the possibility of rodent culpability. But it also sheds light on the fact that a plethora of critters are and have been traipsing through our back patio. Here's the pantheon:
Now, that looks like a rat, hightailing it around the pillar.
WTF is that? That thing to the left with roundish ears and whiskers looks too big to be rat, unless the urban legends are not freakin' legends...
California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis).
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus). Ok, so what could be more awesome than a roadrunner running through your back patio? Just sayin.'