There is a family of ravens up at the horse ranch. They've been there for years. Oh, and there is an owl who roosts in the pine tree right next to the gate. I've accidentally frightened him/her a couple of times. And, there's a hawk who preys on the baby quail...sigh...Not very many of them make it to adulthood.
I haven't seen any snakes up there this spring, YET, but rattlesnakes ARE coming out of hibernation and people are seeing them nearby. One lady was bitten by one in Garner Valley, which is right over the mountain. And, several people have posted on Facebook about finding rattlesnakes on their property.
In the meantime, WE have a gopher snake here in our back yard AT HOME! We've had a neighbor of our daughter come and do some trimming and raking and apparently he found it this morning. I was up at the horse ranch, but he told my husband. AND, the snake was...er... injesting something! Hopefully it was a RAT, not a bird! I'm sure if I see it, I'll let out a huge scream and then run into the house! But who knows?