I will be visiting California for the last 10 days of October. It won’t be a hardcore mammal watching trip but I will be spending a good chunk of my time looking wildlife, particularly potential mammal lifers.
There is already a huge amount of California info on this site and I also have Vladimir’s guide. In fact so detailed is all this information I’m having serious issues trying fit the best sites into a 10 day itinerary.
I’m pretty keen to see Kit Fox, Giant K-rat and Nelson’s Antelope Squirrel but understand that mammal watching in the Carrizo Plain NM is pretty poor at the moment following the lack of rain. Can anyone who has been there recently confirm if this is still the case? Would I be better visiting Little Panoche Road instead (which would be easier to fit into my plans)?
I also intend to spend some time exploring Yosemite NP and Mono Lake. I’m guessing by late October all the marmots and pikas will be hibernating. Are any of the chipmunks still likely to be active?
Finally, does anyone have any information on where best to look for Pygmy Rabbit in the Mono Lake area?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. If time wasn’t so limited I would visit all the above sites and just see what I could turn up.