The Western Gull is a large white-headed gull that lives on the west coast of North America
The California gull is a medium-sized gull, smaller on average than the herring gull but larger on average than the ring-billed gull, though may overlap in size greatly with both.
Found it sunning itself. It would move if I got closer than five feet.
Observed on the Escondido trail. It was a bit windy at this point so the butterfly stayed on that branch.
The bug may be Taylorilygus apicalis, but I don't know the necessary field marks to ID it. If I had noticed it at the time I would have caught it for better pics.
Close views within 4 feet...not sure I've had such a confiding anything for a long time. Nice that the one confiding bird is probably the rarest bird I've seen in months too.
But always with the sticks and rubbish blocking some part of the bird...ah well ;)
Don't usually photograph the algae sorts at least not out of water, but this one seemed at least a bit alive so why not...
Several under driftwood, they are fast!