A visit to the backcountry offers a wealth of activities, and one popular pastime is scouting
Birdwatchers will rejoice in the number of birds that may be found in the Ramona area. From hummingbirds and finches to mountain bluebirds and more, there is something for everyone. Birds of prey are commonly sighted, including red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks, golden eagles and bald eagles. Keep a close eye out for American kestrels, as well! Direct your eyes toward the skies, and you’ll see turkey vultures soaring overhead, while wild turkeys are seen in and around town — Collier County Park at 626 E St. is regularly visited by these boisterous birds.
Driving through backcountry roads, visitors are likely to stumble upon mule deer and other critters. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a bobcat making its way across the pavement.
Hikers are sure to encounter coyotes scouring the fields for mice and other small rodents — grassland areas are good places for coyote sightings, and you may even spot some roadrunners, too. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes on the trail; these reptiles are more active during the warm summer months, and though they are venomous and should be avoided, they should not be harmed as they are beneficial to the ecosystem.
With creatures of all kinds inhabiting the landscape around Ramona, it is an animal-watcher’s paradise!
By Angela McLaughlin
Photo by Angela McLaughlin