We were up in the sandstone rock area, first finding a scrape from several days before and then this recent mass of scat at the base of a Mimulus plant. About the size of both my hands together; very fresh and damp but not steaming. Likely from early that morning. Should have touched it to test for warmth, since I had no thermometer. Photos: Dan Quinn
Very large clumps just below the dam. On dead either alder or cottonwood
Woodrat found this morning in a storage area under the house. We often have creatures attempting to live there, thus I normally have traps in the area. This one was not in a trap, having died last night for the body was still fairly flexible of unknown causes. Love the coloration.
Knocked down a nest while cleaning up after Halloween. Still had five adults at the nest but no larva. Nest about 3 inches across. Introduced to N.A in 1968. Becoming a pest in central California interior and more recently in the SF Bay Area. My first found nest of this paper wasp. Mostly orange antennae a give-a-way for ID.