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Date

July 14, 2012

Description

Some of the willow leaves were covered with these very small galls. They may be the Willow Gall Mite, Aculops tetanothrix

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skippers Family Hesperiidae

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bob-dodge

Date

July 14, 2012

Description

I was happy to get a shot of this one although it is not very good. Elevation about 4,000' along the river

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something

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bob-dodge

Date

July 14, 2012

Description

a flowering bush near the North Fork of the American River. 4,000' elevation. Flood plain of rocks and sand. The plant was about 4-5' tall and as wide.

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something

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bob-dodge

Date

July 14, 2012

Description

flowering plant along Middle Fork of the American River. About 4,000' elevation, growing in rocky,sandy river flood plain. Lots of willow around also

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California prionus Prionus californicus

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bob-dodge

Date

July 10, 2012

Description

This guy flew into my window screen last night sounding like a WWII bomber. I am guessing right now on the species name but Prionus, (Giant Root Borer) certainly fits with my insect ID book: course spines on the pronotum and antennal segments conical.

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Sweet Fennel Foeniculum vulgare

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bob-dodge

Date

July 3, 2012

Description

Fennel is all over the place here in the Baylands. In a couple of places they have made attempts on control by digging but that takes a lot of human energy. For the most part I am certain that it is humans that spread the seeds by grabbing a hand-full to smell the sweet fragrance and then toss the seeds away when we are finished thus becoming the local distributor. The plants are taking advantage of us without out our knowing it.

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Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon

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bob-dodge

Date

July 3, 2012

Description

With all the invasive fennel I was seeing I hoped I might find an Anise Swallowtail flitting around. Some searching did no good but as I was walking back to the car I happened to spot this about six feet from the trail so got one a little earlier in its life than expected.

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Great Egret Ardea alba

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bob-dodge

Date

July 3, 2012

Description

This egret was right next to one of the control grates and had found a good spot for fish. I was lucky to get this shot.

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

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bob-dodge

Date

July 3, 2012

Description

five or six of these, mostly feeding along the edges of the slough. This one was high above the water giving me a good view.

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Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

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bob-dodge

Date

July 3, 2012

Description

three of these all standing on a debris boom.

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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bob-dodge

Date

July 3, 2012

Description

Several dozen of these birds this morning in two groups. Second group was communal feeding which needs to be seen on video.

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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bob-dodge

Date

July 3, 2012

Description

Just testing out us of camera with spotting scope. These guys were all over the place

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