Hester Ranch


Deer and Doe

Because of our live-and- let-live philosophy many deer find Hester Ranch a low stress home to graze and be left alone!

Birds - Confirmed Sightings

Scrub Jay                           Wood Duck                             Mallard                                      House Finch

American Goldfinch           House Sparrow                      White-crowned Sparrow           Western Meadowlark
Horned Lark                      Red-winged Blackbird            Brewer’s Blackbird                   Brown Cowbird
Tree Swallow                    Cliff Swallow                           Barn Swallow                            Oak Titmouse
Bushtit                              White-breasted Nuthatch       Brown Creeper                         Rock Wren
Bufflehead                        Wild Turkey                            California Quail                         Sora
Killdeer                             Common Snipe                        Band-tailed Pigeon                   Mourning Dove
European Starling             Cedar Waxwing                       Yellow-rumped Warbler           Yellow Warbler
California Towee              Spotted Towee                       Song Sparrow                            Yellow-billed Magpie American Crow                 Common Raven                       Black Phoebe                            Western Singbird
Loggerhead Shrike            Acorn Woodpecker                 Lewis’s Woodpecker                Northern Flicker
Downey Woodpecker        Hairy Woodpecker                  Belted Kingfisher                     Green Heron
Snowy Egret                      Great Egret                             Great Blue Heron                    
Marsh Wren                    Ruby-crowned Kinglet      Western Bluebird                    Hermit Thrush                         American Robin
Northern Mockingbird       Turkey Vulture                       Osprey                                      Golden Eagle
Bald Eagle                          Sharp-shinned Hawk               Cooper’s Hawk                        Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk               American Kestrel                    Barn Owl                                  Western Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl             Greater Roadrunner               Common Poorwill                    Anna’s Hummingbird

Lets Get Froggy

Clean water is important to everyone involved with the ranch,  even the amphibious ones which can help with insect control!

Mammals - Confirmed Sightings

American Beaver                  California Ground Squirrel        Botta’s Pocket Gopher          California Dipodomys
American Deer Mouse           Dusky-footed Woodcut            Black-tailed Jackrabbit          Bat species
Mule Deer                              Tule Elk                                    Wild Boar                               Bobcat
Mountain Lion                       Coyote                                      Common Gray Fox                 Northern Raccoon
Striped Skunk

Rather be Fishing

We are lucky enough to be able to pull water from the beautiful Stony Creek. In return, it deserves that the water we return to it be clean. I know the fish appreciate it!

Reptiles - Confirmed Sightings

Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas)                                           Pacific Treefrog (Pseudacris sierra)
Foothill Yellow-legged Frog
(Rana boylii)                              American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
Northern Western Pond Turtle
(Actinemys marmorata)       Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
Western Skink
(Plestiodon skiltonianus)                               Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
California Whipsnake
(Masticophis lateralis)                         Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
Common Sharp-tailed Snake
(Contia tennis)                         Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Western Rattlesnake
(Crotalus oreganus) Venomous


Reptiles - Test layout

Confirmed Sightings

Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas)

Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (Rana boylii)

Northern Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata)

Western Skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus)

California Whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis)

Common Sharp-tailed Snake (Contia tennis)

Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus) Venomous

Pacific Treefrog (Pseudacris sierra)

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)

Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

Wildlife on the Ranch

Northwestern Pond Turtle

This turtle is doing what I would rather be doing...lounging in the sun!


Tule Elk

These elk are taking the time to pose for a picture before going on their way....
seems everyone these days is into selfies for social media!