Heaps of soil...giant mutant gophers?

Central_Valley(9)June 25, 2013

I recently noticed several heaps of powdered soil in an unused area of my yard, and I'm puzzled about their origin. Can anyone help me figure out what they are?

Here are pictures:

Note: each is about 2.5 MB, so if you have a slow connection, download with caution.

My first reaction was "gophers," but there's no evidence of a hole in the center of any of the heaps. Also, they're bigger than any gopher mound I've ever seen.

heap1 is in its original state. For scale, the plant next to the heap is a dwarfed oak tree. The leaves are about normal size for an oak.

heap2 is larger -- probably about a foot across. It was originally taller, but I flattened it by poking in search of a hole (which I didn't find).

The area where the heaps appeared is about 100 square feet. It's surrounded by my house on two sides, and by a concrete patio on the other two. The surrounding soil is dry and compacted. It seems like a very unappealing place for a gopher to dig... even for a giant mutant gopher, if that's what it is.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

That might be a mound thrown up by a mole.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 6:55AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
I am not a novice gardener, and yesterday I applied...
Aphid central.... At my wit's end...
Every single over-wintering pepper I have is inundated...
A rabbit! Argh!
Of all the problems I expected in a suburban dessert,...
I'm finding quite a number of these in my garden beds....
Tomato Leaf Disease
The tomato disease has begun here in Miami. Does this...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™