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Snowy egret Egretta thula

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fivecreeks

Date

March 9, 2006

Description

Snowy egrets, which stalk but also hunt by shuffling their yellow feet to disturb prey, seem to me to prefer upstream pools. The great egret more often stalks the broader tidal reaches downstream. Is this impression correct? Is aquatic vegetation important in protecting small fish from these and other predators, such as kingfishers?

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fivecreeks

Date

August 19, 2006

Description

Lacemaker beetles on willow, S. bank Cerrito Creek near Pierce

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fivecreeks

Date

August 5, 2006

Description

This small spider, hidden under leaves, is named for its color. This and others ID'd by the wonderful Eddie Dunbar (www.bugpeople.org) on a bug hunt. It would be great to get a real catalog here!

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darners (Family Aeshnidae) Family Aeshnidae

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fivecreeks

Date

August 5, 2006

Description

Unidentified large blue dragonfly, resting on cow parsnip stem near willows, S. bank Cerrito Creek near Pierce St. It would be great to catalog the wonderful variety of dragonflies along the creek, and watch their behavior!

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Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

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fivecreeks

Date

July 23, 2006

Description

Patrolling sunny creek bank above ford, pausing on aquatic vegetation. ID uncertain -- several dragonfly species look similar.

These are common; date is date of photo.

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fivecreeks

Date

July 23, 2006

Description

Near creek on exposed flat, sunny bank.

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Black phoebe Sayornis nigricans

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fivecreeks

Date

April 21, 2006

Description

Flycatching from post on flood-control pond, El Cerrito's Creekside Park. These are common -- date is date of photo.

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