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redmaids Calandrinia ciliata

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L. lewisii?

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English plantain Plantago lanceolata

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Widespread throughout grassland.

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dwarf orthocarpus Triphysaria pusilla

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Growing in footpath. Formerly called Orthocarpus pusillus.

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Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

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Heard many in wooded ravines with Coast Live Oak.

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Smaller than the similar Farmer's Barley, Hordeum murinum. In my older books Mediterranean Barley, H. marinum seems to have been H. hystrix.

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dwarf brodiaea Brodiaea terrestris

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This flower looks just like one of those in the clusters I'm familiar with in Brodiaeas. I have never seen a single blossom like this so close to the ground.

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Purple Needle Grass Nassella pulchra

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It was good to see a fair amount of this grass in Moore Creek Preserve. Looking at patches of it from a distance, the purple really stood out from the surrounding green.

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

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Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum

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I can report that here are at least three species of Hordeums growing in Moore Creek Preserve thanks to Steve Gerow's assistance. Two are introduced species, and one a native. They are, from top to bottom: H. murinum, H. marinum and Hordeum brachyantherum.

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redmaids Calandrinia ciliata

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Desert Stink Beetles Genus Eleodes

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This one had a dark green metallic sheen.

Convinced it is a Heterosilpha, but can't distinguish whether it is H. ramosa or H. aenescens with just this photo as a record.

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Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

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Alas, my photos are so bad I don't expect anyone will be able to ID this beetle found in a California Poppy. I've read that prior to the introduction of honey bees, Eschscholzia were predominantly pollinated by beetles. This pollen covered insect looked like he was ready to do just that.

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I'm not sure what species this one is.

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Gastroidea cyanea Gastrophysa cyanea

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These are in the family Chrysomelidae.

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bracken Pteridium aquilinum

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Sheep's Sorrel Rumex acetosella

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Common Raven Corvus corax

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