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What

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

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Date

March 28, 2011

Description

An Orange-crowned Warbler was singing about 4:30 pm in oaks in area between Arana Gulch and Frederick Street Park.

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Dance Flies Family Empididae

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

There were quite a few of these resting on blades of grass, some in what appeared to be threesomes. I could never get a photo of these, but I was able to capture one of these clusters. It appeared to be two live flies and one dead one. A mating pair of dance flies with a nuptial gift? I had misidentified these as robber flies, but just read Loarie's and Kueda's comments to curiousgeorge and reconsidered my identification.

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Douglas' fiddleneck Amsinckia douglasiana

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Date

March 27, 2011

Place

(Somewhere...)

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Genus Plectritis Genus Plectritis

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Date

March 27, 2011

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Date

March 27, 2011

Place

Fort Ord, California (Google, OSM)

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fuchsiaflower gooseberry Ribes speciosum

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Date

March 27, 2011

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(Somewhere...)

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Date

March 27, 2011

Place

Fort Ord, California (Google, OSM)

Description

Just the basal rosette of leaves at this time of year. Doesn't bloom until later

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woodland-star (Lithophragma affine) Lithophragma affine

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Date

March 27, 2011

Place

Fort Ord, California (Google, OSM)

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phacelia (Genus Phacelia) Genus Phacelia

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Date

March 27, 2011

Place

fort Ord, California (Google, OSM)

Description

Growing under Quercus agrifolia in light shade.

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

On Coast live oak branches.

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

Copious amounts of "Spanish moss" or lace lichen, Ramalina menziesii, hangs from every coast live oak at Fort Ord.

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Tachinids Family Tachinidae

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Date

March 27, 2011

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Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies Order Hymenoptera

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

This small insect has the long antennae and twitchy behavior of a wasp in the family Pompilidae.

Fungi

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Fungi and Lichen Kingdom Fungi

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Date

March 27, 2011

Place

Fort Ord, California (Google, OSM)

Description

One mushroom was growing on top of another.

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

Saw the blue fiesta flower today, but a few weeks ago white fiesta flower, Pholistoma membranaceum, was also blooming in this same area.

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

This western black-legged tick was in the questing position. Ticks wait on vegetation with their front legs extended, ready to latch on to your pants leg.

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Date

March 27, 2011

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Baby-blue-eyes Nemophila menziesii

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Date

March 27, 2011

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dusky-footed woodrat Neotoma fuscipes

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

This area of Fort Ord has one of the highest concentration of woodrat nests I have ever seen.

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

I see that the Monterey Bay California Native Plant Society lists two species of Calandrinia in this area, C. breweri and C. ciliata. Not sure what I have here but now I know I have to look closely before leaving the field.

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Johnny-jump-up Viola pedunculata

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

In area with scattered Coast Live Oaks and grassy understory.

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bee flies Family Bombyliidae

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Date

March 27, 2011

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Date

March 27, 2011

Description

I have no mushroom books handy but my guess is this is either an Amanita or a Volariella. Cany anyone help?

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Crab Spiders Family Thomisidae

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Date

March 20, 2011

Description

White crab spider with honeybee on borage.

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Date

March 20, 2011

Description

In grass along San Lorenzo River levee. I think this could be Arachnis picta,painted tiger moth.

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Hyalophora euryalis Hyalophora euryalus

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Date

March 18, 2011

Description

These caterpillars hatched Friday, March 4 from eggs laid by a Hyalophora euryalis moth on March 18.

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Date

March 11, 2011 09:45 AM PST

Description

First swallows I've seen this year.

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Date

March 11, 2011 09:45 AM PST

Description

Working the trunk and limbs of several cottonwoods. Two other trunk creepers were present in these same trees and from time to time one would chase the other. There was a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Brown Creeper.

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Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii

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Date

March 11, 2011 09:45 AM PST

Description

This bird was going after insects the way a flycatcher should in the mid to upper conopy of cottonwoods on east bank of San Lorenzo River. I don't think I would have been confident identifying this bird if I had been alone, but I was with members of the Santa Cruz Bird Club, including Steve Gerow, who are reliable at identifying species like this.

The following birds were also seen nearby:
Black-and-White Warbler
Eastern Phoebe
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Glaucous-winged Gull

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