Botta's Pocket Gopher
We had seen piles of soil in many places when we were in California. When I asked if they were made by moles, my cousin Sam (from New Mexico) told me they were made by Pocket Gophers. I said I'd never seen a gopher and all of a sudden this little guy poked his (or her) head up out of the hole! I said it was cute but Sam didn't agree. I guess they are like the damaging moles or groundhogs (woodchucks) that we have here in the east.