The remnants of a sharp-shinned hawk
I see these birds frequently in my yard along with house sparrows.
In this photo, there is what I believe to be a male on the fence and a female on the ground in the foreground (next to the mourning dove). They're eating seed that my kids scattered in the driveway.
The males have a black head/shoulders, a light-colored beak, and mostly brown below.
Green fig eater larva screened out of my compost.
Saw quite a bit of this plant along the stream in Trail Canyon. One of our guides thought it was rare. His impression was that it's a fire follower that moved in after the Canyon burned in the '09 Station Fire.
Leaves are lobed, fuzzy, and odorless. There were quite a few bumblebees sleeping(?) in the flowers since significant sun had not hit this part of the canyon yet.
One of two Ilex cornuta in my front yard. On this one, nearly all of the leaves have only a single spine at the leaf tip, unlike many I. cornuta specimens I've seen in pictures. This and its small size makes me think it could be a cultivar like Dwarf Burford Holly (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana').
The other I. cornuta in my yard, which is presumably the same cultivar, has more typical leaves with 3 or 5 spines. One difference between the two plants is that the one pictured here is in full sun and the other is shaded during the summer by a sizable mulberry tree.
Completely white soft looking plant.
Flying around the Picnic Area
3hours in; a 1/2 a mile as the bird flys north east of trail's "end"... whose this nevin guy and what he do all the barberrys?
large leaves in the foreground are yerba santa. you can see the bugler leaves under the flowers on the right