I am working on a paper about surface foraging in moles (marsupial moles, golden moles and shrew-moles are not included; I don’t yet know if I’ll focus on just North American species or Eurasian ones as well). If you have any relevant observations, please share.
BTW, if you’ve never seen a mole, I’ve just found a place where it is easy: Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park in downtown Chico, California. Just walk to the back wall of the visitor center, where an elevated concrete sidewalk borders a large lawn. There are tons of broad-footed moles there, and at night you can just sit on the boardwalk and watch them digging and sometimes crawling around under your feet. There are adults and small juveniles right now, I saw them on surface three times in one night. They seem to prefer light rain, and don’t show up if anybody is walking nearby. They don’t tolerate white flashlights, either – use a red one.