Took a lot of prodding to get this guy off the trail so it wouldn't get run over by cyclists!
seen by Elizabeth Long
A small adult California Kingsnake that we discovered underneath a cover board in the late morning of a warm day.
This particular specimen measured approximately 85 - 90 cm in total length. We are not certain of it's sex, and we did not squeeze around its vent to check for any hemipenes emerged to emerge.
A very vocal California Thrasher that was perched and calling from the top of a small tree in the late morning around 11 am.
A relatively large centipede that we discovered underneath a cover board. It scurried off as I snapped a few photos of it.
Based on the size of the snake hook in the photo, this specimen measured approximately 8.5 - 9 cm in total length.
An adult Uta basking and posturing on top of a rock in the late morning.
A single Red-shouldered Hawk that we noticed circle and screaming overhead, after a trio of Red-tailed hawks had moved on.
While the photo is not of the best quality, its identity was confirmed by its distinctive vocalizations.
One of three adult Red-tailed Hawks that we saw circling around a thermal on a warm morning, around 11 am.
A large male Western Fence Lizard posturing on a large boulder around 11 am, on a warm morning.
An unidentified insect that we saw crawling over some recent honeycombs of an abandoned European Honeybee hive.
Another adult Uta that scurried out from under a cover board in the warm morning before 11 am.
A large female Cooper's Hawk that was soaring in the distance. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a closer shot of it, but was able to confirm its identity via the distinctive calls between her and her unseen mate or rival that was perched in a tree somewhere on the other side of the canyon.
A large adult Western Fence Lizard that was scurrying across the vertical surface of a boulder.
An adult Uta basking on a rock.
And adult Uta that was basking on a rock as the morning started to warm.
The first of several Sceloporus occidentalis as the morning became warmer and warmer.
A small scorpion we found under a cover board around 8:30 am. It measured a total of approximately 4 cm.
A male Allen's Hummingbird I saw perched on a tree branch, just before 8 am.
Dry roadbed near Chatsworth Park; San Fernando Valley.