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California oatgrass Danthonia californica

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Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

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There were many of these beetles on stalks of grass at Moore Creek Preserve today.

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Gastroidea cyanea Gastrophysa cyanea

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These are in the family Chrysomelidae.

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I'm not sure what species this one is.

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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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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

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Sheep's Sorrel Rumex acetosella

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L. lewisii?

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

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Desert Stink Beetles Genus Eleodes

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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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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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Common Raven Corvus corax

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skippers Family Hesperiidae

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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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A smaller, daintier Equisetum than I usually encounter.

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American Kestrel Falco sparverius

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Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis

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broomrape family Family Orobanchaceae

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dwarf orthocarpus Triphysaria pusilla

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Growing in footpath. Formerly called Orthocarpus pusillus.

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English plantain Plantago lanceolata

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Widespread throughout grassland.

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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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bracken Pteridium aquilinum

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Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

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