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 ....
Observation and photo by Jon Souw.
Huntington Central Park, Huntington Beach, CA. eBird checklist: ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24071427
I think it's either an arroyo toad or a Southern California toad?
Sorry the picture's terrible... Appeared to be some sort of seal/sea lion, though, off the Huntington Beach pier
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A large number of Black Skimmers were observed foraging at dusk.
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.
Smells like a gardenia or plumeria