As for the other visitors to the little Tehachapan side canyon of the Clockwork Cougar, a nice range of Rodentia also showed. I guess where there's cats, there's mice.
Photos are rarely good enough for positive IDs, but I'm happy to speculate wildly. :)
Peromyscus mouse - Brush (boylii) or Pinyon (truei)?
Another Peromyscus, but bigger - maybe a California Mouse (P. californicus)?
Big-eared woodrat, Neotoma macrotis
Pocketmouse - but Perognathus or Chaetodipus? And which species? Could
be one of the local species of special concern...
Merriam's chipmunk (Tamias merriami)
After the meek, came the mighty, as these 2 "black" bears trundled into the scene.
Young siblings by the looks of 'em. And obviously down playing in the crick...
Wet chocolate black bear checking the cottonwood - I probably had my hand there
And inspecting the camera - gotta love that curious gaze
Sibs together sniffing at the scent-mark
But there's always time for one last camera adjustment
Sure glad these Tehachapi bears haven't picked up the nasty habit of cracking open cams like walnuts. They just seem to nudge them around a bit.
That's one camera down, 3 to go. Next, we'll head higher up - to 4,500 feet - where the live oaks canopy, and a granite-strewn creek caught our eye.