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Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus

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dwest

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June 22, 2015 05:53 AM PDT

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Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus

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dwest

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June 22, 2015 05:53 AM PDT

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Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

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dwest

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June 22, 2015 05:53 AM PDT

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Ridgway's Rail Rallus obsoletus

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dwest

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June 22, 2015 05:53 AM PDT

Description

Was told by lcals it was probably a young "Ridgeway" Rail. Was very dark, but bill color suggests "Clapper" to me. However, this is the first such bird I have ever seen, so ....

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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dwest

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June 21, 2015 04:44 PM PDT

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Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

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dwest

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June 21, 2015 04:44 PM PDT

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(Somewhere...)

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nhm_nature

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June 28, 2015 02:13 PM PDT

Description

Observation and photo by Jon Souw.

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Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns Family Ardeidae

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dmontijo

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June 23, 2015 11:02 AM PDT

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Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina

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john8

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June 27, 2015 07:16 AM PDT

Description

Huntington Central Park, Huntington Beach, CA. eBird checklist: ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24071427

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Frogs and Toads Order Anura

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dmontijo

Date

July 16, 2014 09:44 PM PDT

Description

I think it's either an arroyo toad or a Southern California toad?

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Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl Family Anatidae

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dmontijo

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May 23, 2014 11:17 AM PDT

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dmontijo

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March 22, 2015 04:55 PM PDT

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Sorry the picture's terrible... Appeared to be some sort of seal/sea lion, though, off the Huntington Beach pier

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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dmontijo

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June 23, 2015 11:02 AM PDT

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Nine-spotted Ladybug Coccinella novemnotata

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nhm_nature

Date

June 14, 2015

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(Somewhere...)

Description

"Today Sunday June 14 about 140pm I went to El Dorado Regional Park in Long beach CA. to observe some ant activity in area 2.

"I then went to area 3 where I found the California Ladybeetle (Coccinella californica) on May 12 2015 to see if I could find any more specimens of this once common native ladybird beetle. Looking again on the invasive Black Mustard plants Brassica negra there were many white powdery cabbage aphids Brevicoryne brassicae and an unidentified green aphid. Feeding on these aphids were both adults and larvae of three lady beetles the invasive 7spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata),the native Convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens) and the invasive Mutispotted/multicolored Asian ladybeetle (Harmonia axyridis). The Seven spotted and Convergent ladybeetles were about equally numerous the Asian lady beetle somewhat less.

"On one mustard plant I saw what appeared to be another California lady beetle (Coccinella californica),though very similar in appearance it turned out to be another long lost ladybug the unspotted California form of the native nine spotted lady beetle (Coccinella novemnotata) this form is also known as (C.n.franciscana).

"I should mention many of the black mustards at this site had large numbers of the Bagrada bug (Bagrada hilaris) feeding on them,this bug is an invasive crop pest from the Middle East, and the lady beetles apparently had no impact on them it seems. Cheers."

- Mike Martinez

Observation by Mike Martinez, photos by Kim Moore, sent to nature@nhm.org.

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Black Skimmer Rynchops niger

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andrew_louros

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June 21, 2015 04:36 AM PDT

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A large number of Black Skimmers were observed foraging at dusk.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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andrew_louros

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June 21, 2015 04:10 PM PDT
Birds

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Birds Class Aves

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andrew_louros

Date

June 21, 2015 03:31 PM PDT

Description

This bird was spotted flying above a neighborhood around the Bosla Chica wetlands area, the body shape is hard to make out from the photo, but what is clear is a thick white ring around the neck, a dark head with no apparent long bill, though it could just be that such a beak didn't show up in the pic. Dark coloration on the body, with another thick white band on the wing that looks to be located just beyond the coverts. I'm beginning to think it is just an odd pigeon, but I'll see if anyone else has an idea.

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Insects Class Insecta

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anthonyg15

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May 29, 2015 01:42 PM PDT
Mollusks

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Mollusks Phylum Mollusca

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anthonyg15

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May 29, 2015 12:28 PM PDT

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davidtaitingfong

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June 20, 2015 11:47 AM PDT

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Smells like a gardenia or plumeria

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Sunflower Helianthus annuus

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chonie

Date

June 14, 2015 08:23 PM PDT

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Sunflower
Helianthus annuus

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Seaweed

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chonie

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June 14, 2015 11:44 AM PDT

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Sea Lettuces Genus Ulva

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chonie

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June 14, 2015 04:30 PM PDT

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Algae

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Western Gull Larus occidentalis

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chonie

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June 14, 2015 04:31 PM PDT

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California Gull
Larus californicus

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Crab

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chonie

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June 14, 2015 04:30 PM PDT

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Kelp

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chonie

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June 14, 2015 11:43 AM PDT

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Kingdom Chromista

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Willet Tringa semipalmata

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rkharwood

Date

September 3, 2014

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

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rkharwood

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September 3, 2014

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Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus

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rkharwood

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September 3, 2014

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Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus

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rkharwood

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September 3, 2014