03 Oct 2011.
Andrew Molera State Park, Monterey Co, CA.
These birds have a curious white eyelid, which is quite obvious when they blink. They also constant bob and "dip". One of the most entertaining birds we saw!
Someone told me they were tasty...
Many (less than ten) observed under fallen pieces of bark.
Adult observed under fallen bark.
Found while hiking along the Pine Ridge Trail. Also known as Xerocomus subtomentosus, ID assistance was provided by local expert Christian Schwarz.
I don't know the different types of lichens, all I know is that it belongs in that family.
Small bird, about the size of a robin.
Probably had flowers, but was already past that stage in the life reproductive cycle.
It looked like a fuzzy ant!