Honey bee's huddled on a traffic pole at Venice Beach in Southern California
"Habitat: Front yard, Lawn killed and replaced by Gazania and wood mulch. Magnolia trees and phone poles/lines in strip next to street. 2 bird feeders and a water bath, all on stands.
"Observations: At about 1800 the sun shown a bit brighter an the birds came out.
"3 neighbors have told me that for years the doves had disappeared; they reappeared about 1.5 years ago, after I started putting out bird seed! Fed mostly on the ground; sometimes they go up onto feeders.
- Mary Simun
Observation and photos by Mary Simun.
"Behavior: The rascal was eating the seeds on the ground next to the bird feeder. The seeds were from a pumpkin I cut up (I throw the seeds into the yard for the crows). Our presence disturbed the critter, and he/she ran up the nearest magnolia tree. We continued to watch, and when we walked near the tree he/she ran down, across the yard (lawn is adjacent to Gazania/wood yard), and up onto the wall between the two houses. Walked along the wall (stepping on and over two cacti in pots!) and down towards the backyard.
"Habitat: Front yard, Lawn killed and replaced by Gazania and wood mulch. Magnolia trees and phone poles/lines in strip next to street. 2 bird feeders and a water bath, all on stands."
- Mary Simun
Observation and photos by Mary Simun, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Algae at Santa Monica beach
Believe this to be a southern alligator lizard (San Diego?) with a regenerated tail.
Southern (San Diego ?) alligator lizard with regenerated tail?
The gopher snake was going up the branches until a pair of towhees forced it off the branches. A towhee then guided a chick across the path to a safer distance
It was seen on a nest where a towhee chick had been seen a day before. The chick was no longer there.
Roughly 3rd instar on passion vine
Very gravid female
Anna's Hummingbird female in nest. 3 eggs seen inside.
N = 10