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May 4, 2017 03:31 PM PDT

Description

Tussock moth caterpillar (larva) on the same Coast Live Oak tree as other caterpillars with a different phenotype plus many cocoons.

See the following observation that links 4 observations on the same tree:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6118588

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truthseqr

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May 4, 2017 03:31 PM PDT

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Tussock moth caterpillar (larva) on the same tree as other caterpillars with a different phenotype plus many cocoons.

See the following observation that links 4 observations on the same tree:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6118588

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truthseqr

Date

May 4, 2017 03:31 PM PDT

Description

Lots of Tussock moth cocoons (pupae) were tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Coast Live Oak tree bark.

See the following observation that links 4 observations on the same tree:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/6118588

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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truthseqr

Date

August 14, 2017 08:41 AM PDT

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(Somewhere...)

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Width: 5 cm (2")
Length: 4.4 cm (1.75")

These small tracks were observed alongside the mountain lion tracks (see https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7499403). I'm not sure about the ID. Could be bobcat, baby mountain lion, or domestic dog (although dogs are not allowed in this preserve).

Horse and deer tracks were also seen along this section of trail.

In the second photo, you can see the larger mountain lion tracks to the left of the ruler.

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Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 11:52 AM PDT

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Belladonna Lily Amaryllis belladonna

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August 14, 2017 11:30 AM PDT

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Naturalized.
Belladonna lilies blooming in the forest behind the old Alma College campus.

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Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor

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August 14, 2017 11:56 AM PDT

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Red Swamp Crawfish Procambarus clarkii

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 11:54 AM PDT

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About 2 inches long.

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Field Crescent Phyciodes pulchella

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 11:46 AM PDT

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Mylitta Crescent Phyciodes mylitta

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 11:32 AM PDT

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Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon

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August 14, 2017 11:29 AM PDT

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California Quail Callipepla californica

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 11:26 AM PDT

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 11:27 AM PDT

Description

This was a very small lizard with orangish coloring.

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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

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truthseqr

Date

August 14, 2017 11:20 AM PDT

Description

This hawk was flying very high in the sky, in and out of the clouds. It was just a black spec to the naked eye. The colors are interesting in this light. It looks like the bird is black with white bars on the wings and tail.

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blue elderberry Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 10:39 AM PDT

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California Black Oak Quercus kelloggii

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 10:36 AM PDT

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A grand old black oak tree.

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California Ringlet Coenonympha tullia ssp. california

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 10:32 AM PDT

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Broad-leaved everlasting-pea Lathyrus latifolius

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truthseqr

Date

August 14, 2017 10:28 AM PDT

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There are only a few remaining peas in flower now. A few months ago, this large meadow was covered in them. I also saw some deep in the redwood forest. Most have gone to seed now and will probably invade even more open space next year.

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coast tarweed Madia sativa

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Date

August 14, 2017 10:27 AM PDT

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There's a lot of this tarweed in bloom now. It's very sticky and will even grab hold of your trousers as you hike along this path.

Nature is trying to reclaim this trail. Long blackberry vines, tarweeds, grasses, and thistles have almost completely covered it in sections.

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Bees and Allies Superfamily Apoidea

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August 14, 2017 10:12 AM PDT

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This very tiny bee was pollinating a harebell flower.

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California Harebell Asyneuma prenanthoides

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 10:13 AM PDT

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Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

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truthseqr

Date

August 14, 2017 09:59 AM PDT

Description

I found these six feathers within a couple of square yards of this location. Rather than take a photo of each one in situ, I gathered them together for one shot.

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

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Date

August 14, 2017 09:52 AM PDT

Description

This bird would not cooperate in giving me a good vantage point to take its picture. I understand - I'm camera shy too.

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Yellow-faced Bumblebee Bombus vosnesenskii

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August 14, 2017 09:51 AM PDT

Description

There were two yellow-faced bumblebees on this bull thistle.

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 09:47 AM PDT

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Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 09:34 AM PDT

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There are 3 band-tailed pigeons in this conifer tree.

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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truthseqr

Date

August 14, 2017 09:39 AM PDT

Description

Bobcat scat. This scat is typical of the size/shape/color of bobcat scats frequently seen in this area.

Width: 7/8"
Length: 6"

Morphology: Tubular, segmented ropes with blunt ends and compacted outer surface. Contains: gray hair and small bones.

References:
1. "Conservation Scats: Scat Collection Protocol and Field Guide", Justine Smith, PhD, UCSC, Dept. of Environmental Studies, 2014
2. "Mammal Tracks & Sign", Mark Elbroch, 2003

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 09:22 AM PDT

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California Ringlet Coenonympha tullia ssp. california

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truthseqr

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August 14, 2017 09:44 AM PDT

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Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

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truthseqr

Date

August 14, 2017 09:09 AM PDT

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This is the strangest thing and it's hard to describe in words. The "mother" tree grew a sizable secondary trunk from which sprouted another tree that is huge (>70 ft, but hard to tell because the canopy is so dense). I know there's a technical word for this, but I can't think of it.

As many times as I've hiked this trail, I never noticed this oddity before!

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