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What

marbled godwit Limosa fedoa

Observer

rdm24

Date

October 4, 2008

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Observer

rdm24

Date

June 18, 2007

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What

Coyote Canis latrans

Observer

rdm24

Date

December 13, 2009

Description

I've seen these guys fairly often on the mesa. Never up close, though I've seen some remarkable photos of them on flickr.

Photos / Sounds

What

san diego fairy shrimp Branchinecta sandiegonensis

Observer

rdm24

Date

March 1, 2009

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

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.

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What

Green Fig Beetle Cotinis mutabilis

Observer

rdm24

Date

October 4, 2008

Description

At the Jack Dunster Marine Reserve

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What

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger

Observer

rdm24

Date

June 11, 2011

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Observer

rdm24

Date

July 12, 2007

Description

At Bolsa Chica

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What

Belted kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

rdm24

Date

October 4, 2008

Description

At the Jack Dunster Marine Reserve

Photos / Sounds

What

southern pacific rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

Observer

rdm24

Date

April 4, 2009

Photos / Sounds

What

Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas

Observer

rdm24

Date

March 30, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

A small number of green sea turtles regularly visit the San Gabriel estuary. Apparently, they are attracted by the warm effluent from a power plant.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Western fence lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

August 16, 2014 09:58 AM PDT

Description

A juvenile, I believe western fence lizard, along the Heron Pointe aka Hellman Ranch Trail on the border of Los Cerritos Wetlands "Hellman Property".

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Western Pygmy Blue Brephidium exilis

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

August 16, 2014 09:52 AM PDT

Description

The plant shown in the pic is Saltbush, possibly Big leaf saltbush?

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

cactus fly

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

July 19, 2014 09:02 AM PDT

Description

Cactus fly on a California Encelia flower (Encelia californica) with a native bee buzzing nearby

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Salt Marsh Moth Estigmene acrea

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

July 19, 2014 09:51 AM PDT

Description

Salt Marsh Moth caterpillar, often seen in areas spanning the border of Gum Grove Park and Los Cerritos Wetlands

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

June 21, 2014 08:21 AM PDT

Description

Great Horned Owl perched in Blue Gum Eucalyptus trees on the border of Los Cerritos Wetlands and Gum Grove Park. These owls are often seen perching on the Gum Grove side and have been observed flying out over the "grasslands" area of Los Cerritos Wetlands "Hellman Property" and circling back to the eucs, apparently hunting.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

June 21, 2014 09:56 AM PDT

Description

Monarch just emerged from its chrysalis. Monarchs are often observed in the "Hellman Property" area of Los Cerritos Wetlands and on the Heron Point trail (aka Hellman Ranch Trail) and Gum Grove park properties adjacent to Los Cerritos Wetlands Hellman Property. Shown here is one of many Monarchs, a small patch of milkweed along the trail is used every year by Monarch caterpillars (planted as part of Heron Pt natural landscaping)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

June 21, 2014 07:45 AM PDT

Description

This butterfly is not only on Los Cerritos Wetlands property but also often seen in the "grasslands" along the border of Los Cerritos Wetlands "Hellman Property" and Gum Grove Park and along the edge of Los Cerritos Wetlands and Heron Pointe Educational center trail.

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Square

What

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

August 9, 2014 09:13 AM PDT

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Square

What

Allen's Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

January 11, 2014 09:35 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

January 11, 2014 10:36 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Great Egret Ardea alba

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

January 11, 2014 09:10 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

January 11, 2014 09:09 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Willet Tringa semipalmata

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

January 11, 2014 08:51 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

January 11, 2014 10:53 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Observer

cindycrawford900

Date

June 21, 2014 09:25 AM PDT

Description

Black Phoebe flying back and forth from Gum Grove Park to Los Cerritos Wetlands, feeding on flying insects, stopping to perch on trees or other tall plants and fences

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis

Observer

fundad

Date

July 10, 2014

Description

Found while fishing, interesting place to see a skunk.

Ray-finned Fishes

Photos / Sounds

What

Ray-finned Fishes Class Actinopterygii

Observer

m_jon

Date

July 25, 2014 10:40 AM PDT

Description

When I walk and bike along the cycleway by the San Gabriel River, I commonly see large silver and grey fish jumping out of the water.

Today I finally managed to get photos of some of them (not the easiest thing with an old manual-focus telephoto lens).

Does anyone know the species? They have a dark olive back, silver belly and sides, and a yellowish tail.

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What

alkali seaheath (Frankenia salina) Frankenia salina

Observer

m_jon

Date

July 25, 2014 11:00 AM PDT

Description

A low growing plant in the dry ground above the river.

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What

Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

Observer

m_jon

Date

July 25, 2014 10:30 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

Observer

m_jon

Date

July 25, 2014 10:37 AM PDT