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What

Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus

Observer

cspnl

Date

September 10, 2014 07:03 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Probably the same mama and her 3 little ones, observed previously. The dog is good at noticing them on Wed, trash day.First photo is mama and one chick. Second photo, look closely at top landing between the railing and fence to see mama. The 3 little ones are following, still on the steps.

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silver Garden Spider Argiope argentata

Observer

cspnl

Date

September 7, 2014 01:26 PM PDT

Place

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Description

The large silver garden spider seen first in rosemary, then in abelia, is gone. There was a large yellow web-covered egg sack, I guess. Now there is a big mass of fine webs, and hundreds of baby spiders, seen one day, but we had a storm and didn't see them after that.

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pvtrailrunner

Date

September 1, 2014 09:51 AM PDT

Description

Oval insects that are variable in size. Small ones were red in color and larger ones were black and red such as in second photo. Found on the ground around plant material and soil.

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rdm24

Date

June 30, 2007

Description

In the tidepools near abalone cove

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Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 29, 2014 09:57 AM PDT

Place

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Description

In between plumage, gray vs white head

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California King Snake Lampropeltis californiae

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

August 27, 2014

Place

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Description

"I found a snake today. I have never seen this type of snake before. It was just inside the front entrance." - Kunio "Ken" Yanagida

Observation and photo by Ken Yanagida, sent to rascals@nhm.org.

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Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 27, 2014 04:33 PM PDT

Place

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Description

This one is medium sized, smaller than the one that was hiding between the retaining wall blocks for about a week and a half (and moved on). Sadly this one looks like it lost most of its tail. Was near garden sage plant just about 6 feet East of the oregano where the tiny lizards found in the house, were released today. Sorry photo is so blurry, he was understandably very skittish unlike the others, and ran away before I could get any more photos. He's probably 2 to 3 times as big as the one found on gray cinderblock wall a few days ago (head/neck size).

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What

Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 27, 2014 12:02 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Found another one, mostly hidden under throw rug, about 8 feet from dog's indoor food and water. This one didn't have a complete tail, looked healed over. Put in baggie; took outside near oregano and released. He crawled under some of the bark mulch and eventually went under the oregano to join the one released there about 1/2 hour ago. For size reference, the print from 20 to s in Dis, is 1 3/8 inch. (approximate snout to vent-with bend in body). The word DATE on baggie is 1/2 inch.

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What

Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 27, 2014 11:32 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Much smaller than little one observed outdoors on cinderblock wall recently. Found near baseboards about 8 ft from door; caught in baggie; released outside and he went to hide under oregano where others have been found recently. For size reference, the word Date, is 1/2 inch, approximately his size from eye to elbow. 2 Calendar squares measure 3 1/8 inches. This lizard has a whole tail.

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Coastal California Gnatcatcher Polioptila californica ssp. californica

Observer

lstoneburner

Date

August 10, 2014 06:16 PM PDT

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White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

Observer

csavy

Date

October 19, 2013

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California Towhee Melozone crissalis

Observer

csavy

Date

October 19, 2013

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Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya

Observer

csavy

Date

October 19, 2013

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Striped Shore Crab Pachygrapsus crassipes

Observer

csavy

Date

October 19, 2013

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Observer

csavy

Date

October 19, 2013

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Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Observer

csavy

Date

October 19, 2013

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Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala

Observer

csavy

Date

October 19, 2013

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Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

Observer

csavy

Date

October 19, 2013

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Italian Wall Lizard Podarcis sicula

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

July 28, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Two lizards were spotted.
1. This one looks Italian Lizard yet the color is not bright green.
2. This is a small one.
- Ken Yanagida

Observation and photos by Ken Yanagida, sent to rascals@nhm.org.

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What

Western Gull Larus occidentalis

Observer

cspnl

Date

June 27, 2014 10:33 AM PDT

Description

Rescued and released (banded) Western Gull, called a friend to join him.

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Dragonflies Suborder Anisoptera

Observer

cspnl

Date

June 27, 2014 10:30 AM PDT

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What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 11:15 AM PDT

Description

A caterpillar found crawling over the trail in a shady area.

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Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts Order Orthoptera

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 11:15 AM PDT

Description

Found under a rock, with some old mud-dauber nests. About 2-3 mm long

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Skippers Family Hesperiidae

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 11:11 AM PDT

Description

A lone orange-brown skipper. Was not feeding, but came to a stop for several minutes on the Poison Oak.

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Bees and Allies Superfamily Apoidea

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 10:50 AM PDT

Description

Several tiny bees drinking nectar and collecting pollen. Very small (~1.5 mm maybe). Feeding off Bladderpod flowers.

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What

Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 10:25 AM PDT

Description

Juvenile found sunning itself. Very skittish.

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Grasshoppers Order Orthoptera

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 09:59 AM PDT

Description

Jumped from one plant to another, and made quite a bit of commotion.

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 09:58 AM PDT

Description

One of a lot of Western Fence Lizards out today. Nothing else seems to want to brave the heat.

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Large Milkweed Bug Oncopeltus fasciatus

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 09:58 AM PDT

Description

Three together on the Narrow-Leaf Milkweed.

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Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 10:14 AM PDT

Description

One of a few monarchs I saw today, using Narrow-Leaf Milkweed.