Nesting in a sycamore
Always a good way to start the day.
Was hoping it was a dogface. Oh well.
Woody perrennial, hairs minutely pinnate.
As soon as I saw the Little Yosemite area of Sunol, I figured yellow-leggeds were a possibility: fast-flowing water, pools, rocks. Unfortunately there were also abandoned water bottles, dogs, and cows, so I had doubts. Luckily those doubts were unfounded.
Creaking call heard, presumably platypedia.
Quite a few of these flitting about the Camp Ohlone Road.
I'm calling it C. covillei since the fronds are *mostly* glabrous and there's a pre-existing record of that species in Sunol, but I still don't see how one really draws a line between this and C. intertexta based on morphology. Actually looking at Jepson now and it refers to characters of the rhizome scales. Will have to check that next time.
Found dead under a log with its guts hanging out. Maybe something took a bite, didn't like, and cached it?
Was kind of hoping to get around the issue of nutlets on this one since it's so hairy, has those red veins and margins, and looks kinda weedy.
Pair of them.
3 females sitting in a cow pond.
Very pale underneath, dark wing tips. Possibly light patched on top of wings, need to look up. ....and apparently they do. Confidence boosted. Wait, now looking at photos, and belly looks too dark, plus dark marks on the fronts of the wings. It does have white patches on the wings though. Is it just a really weird red-tail?
Small flock, nervous mvmt on ground, grey and white, very little brown. Repeated tseet call. Was thinking Vesper, but looking at the range that looks a bit ridiculous, and Savannah seems more likely. But they weren't as brown as the Savannah Sparrows I've seen, and none in a flock of 10 or so had yellow lores. Thoughts?
Honey bees seemed to be enjoying it.
Practically coats the ground beneath the sagebrush.
Eating what looked like a vole.
Another lifebird for me. Pretty sure of the ID.
For sure this time