One of pair of Cooper's Hawks (couldn't get the second one in the pic) -- a little fuzzy but I think it gives enough detail to show the species.
Only a few of literally flocks of mourning doves we observed this morning
Area naturalists identify this bird as a possible Belding's Savannah Sparrow, possibly a juvenile. We also have savannah and song sparrows in this area. This bird did have a yellow streak above the eye but only slight yellowish below the eye. Thoughts anyone?
I'm calling this one Southern Tarplant. We do have similar looking species common tarweed Centromadia pungens listed on record by botanist studies. Thoughts anyone?
Not sure on this one. We have several types that I can't tell apart on record (by botanists): Batis maritima, Salicornia bigelovii, Salicornia pacifica, Arthrocnemum subterminale. Thoughts anyone?
Probably a sting ray. Can anyone ID?
Not a great photo, and I had to photoshop the hell out of it to make it visible.
Can anyone ID this? I'm terrible at gulls.
Saw these guys digging holes in the sand near some Abronia. Can anyone tell the species?
The Greenbelt (a park on an old Red Car right-of-way) used to have a lot of native plants, but a few years ago nearly all but the largest trees were removed for some underground utility repairs. Sadly, I don't think the City plans to restore this to its earlier condition.
Saw it while fishing. It was probely trying to get some breakfast. I had to pull up our fishing net that is used to trap crabs because I was afraid it would get tangled.
I've seen these guys fairly often on the mesa. Never up close, though I've seen some remarkable photos of them on flickr.
There's a small vernal pool on the pathway at the top of the mesa. It was teaming with fairy shrimp. I've never seen shrimp in that pool since. In fact, I don't even see the pool in most years. Tentatively IDed as the San Diego Fairy Shrimp, based on geography and consultation with one D.C. Rogers.
I suppose there are more pools on the mesa, beyond the fence line.
At the Jack Dunster Marine Reserve