"Found these translucent "scales" at Hueneme Beach yesterday. A dozen or so had washed up on the beach. I picked this one to photo because it had blue colored fleshy tissue on the margin." - Bob Montana
Observation and photos by Bob Montana, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Clara River Estuary
Ventura County, California
2 July 2013
Santa Barbara Channel
My mom's first time out whale watching. We saw Gray Whales breeching. and amazing experience!
Flowers are bright yellow with stamens showing prominently. No petiole, flowers appear to bloom directly on stalk of plant.
Leaves appear to be hastate. This is the only flower I've seen like this on the river and it looks like it's definitely bolted. Maybe the drought conditions are forcing it to bloom very early?
With Whimbrel, Black Oystercatcher, and an American x Black Oystercatcher hybrid.
With Whimbrel, Willet, and American X Black Oystercatcher hybrid.
At upper left, with Black Oystercatchers, Whimbrel and Willet.
Continuing overwintering bird seen just a few minutes after our arrival in the tall pine adjacent to the baseball diamond. At one point, it flew onto the grass right by our feet, but it was too quick for us to obtain a photograph. eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12350449
At upper left, with Willets, Black Oystercatchers, and a hybrid American x Black Oystercatcher.
My 100th life bird.
With juvenile Brown Booby in Ventura harbor.
Bird at far left in first and third photos, centered in second. eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15226531
Based on the vertebrae, this is a possible dolphin carcass that had been found near the river mouth.
A pair of recent Sea Lion carcasses were found on the beach, near the river mouth. Based on the level of decomposition, they were likely a few days old. Their cause of death does not appear obvious.
A flock of Least Terns was observed along side a flock of Royal Terns on the beech.
A flock of Royal Terns had been observed along side a flock of Least Terns on the beech.
A flock of Heermann's Gulls were seen along the surf zone of the beech.
A male and female Great-tailed Grackle were observed around a pumping station that was draining water from the river mouth.