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Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

There are around a dozen feral Rock Pigeons at Pinnacles National Park and they are among my favorite birds there. As far from "city" pigeons as they can be, they have reverted back to an entirely wild state. They are fast-flying, skittish around people, never seen picking around the picnic areas or parking lots, and are preyed upon by the resident hawks and falcons.

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

birdgal5

Date

February 25, 2014

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lanceleaf liveforever Dudleya lanceolata

Observer

birdgal5

Date

February 23, 2015

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Woolly Yerba Santa Eriodictyon tomentosum

Observer

birdgal5

Date

May 10, 2013

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Variable Checkerspot Euphydryas chalcedona

Observer

birdgal5

Date

May 10, 2013

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butterfly mariposa lily Calochortus venustus

Observer

birdgal5

Date

May 9, 2013

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California Rose-Winged Grasshopper Dissosteira pictipennis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

There were quite a few of these grasshoppers around the campground area. It was approaching 100 degrees and they were very skittish, rapidly flying away at any approach.

Big thanks to Alice Abela for her ID help! Unfortunately I missed getting a good look at the wing color.

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Checkered White Pontia protodice

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

Feeding at a mustard flower (Brassica sp.).

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Elegant Sphinx Sphinx perelegans

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

Two of these sphinx moths were on the outside of the visitors center near a light that is kept on all night.

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Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

Several of these skippers were feeding around the Bear Gulch Nature Center. They are particularly plain individuals but a faint pattern is visible on the wings.

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Fremont Cottonwood Populus fremontii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

While not common in the narrow, rocky canyons around the Pinnacles, cottonwoods are very common in the riparian strips in the more open, flat-bottomed valleys on the east side of the park, especially around the campground and along the South Wilderness Trail.

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Merriam's Chipmunk Tamias merriami

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

Several of these chipmunks were seen around the picnic grounds

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California Striped Racer Coluber lateralis ssp. lateralis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

This individual was sunning itself on the side of the trail.

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Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

This female was one of two seen. Both were staying deep in the pond-side reeds and whenever they emerged, they were swarmed on by the dozen or so males patrolling the water's edge.

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Seep Monkeyflower Mimulus guttatus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

This single, blooming Seep Monkeyflower was found, not surprisingly, growing at a seep below the Bear Gulch Reservoir.

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Arboreal Salamander Aneides lugubris

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 8, 2015

Description

While on a night hike through the eastern portion of the park, I saw at least half a dozen Arboreal Salamanders. Interestingly, they are pinker (like the rocks at Pinnacles) than the brown ones that live closer to the coast in thick duff and leaf litter.

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California Angle-winged Katydid Microcentrum californicum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

Two very similar species of angle-winged katydid live aling the central California coast. According to J.R. Helfer's "How to Know the Grasshoppers, Crickets, Cockroaches, and their Allies" (1967), M. rhombifolium has a blunt "tooth" at the middle of the front margin of the pronotum, while M. californicum is shallowly emarginate at this location. At a large size, a clear indentation is visible along the leading edge of the pronotum.

It was found under the eaves at the visitors center, probably attracted to the light the night before.

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California Fuchsia Epilobium canum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

A large patch of California Fuschias were growing from the cliff beneath the stairs up to the reservoir and just below the dam.

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Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

One of two adult male Wilson's Warblers seen in the dense riparian.

The full bird list from this trip can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24685869

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Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

This is clearly one of the coastal "California" Western Scrub-Jays, and based on range and color, is likely a member of the nominate subspecies A. c. californica.

The full bird list from this trip can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24685869

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Red-shafted Flicker Colaptes auratus ssp. cafer

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

While this is not normally the kind of photo I would submit, with the bird half-hidden in the trees, it is one of my favorites. When birding, this how many of the birds I find look, furtive and wary, and I really like the way it is looking back at me through all the brush.

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Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

Several family groups of Steller's Jays (with grown but still begging young) were seen while hiking through Bear Gulch.

The full bird list from this trip can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24685869

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Common Raven Corvus corax

Observer

redhat

Date

February 20, 2015

Description

One of a group of ravens playing close to High Peaks Trail

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California Towhee Melozone crissalis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 16, 2015

Description

This rather harried looking adult was being bothered by at least two grown but still begging young.

The full bird list from this trip can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24685869

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California Buckeye Aesculus californica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 14, 2015

Description

California Buckeyes are particularly common in the relatively shaded canyon bottoms and along intermittent stream beds in Pinnacles National Park.

Most of the trees had dropped the majority of their leaves by this point and many that remain on the tree are orange.

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Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor

Observer

rjadams55

Date

July 31, 2015

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 23, 2014

Description

Spotted Towhee along with two Golden-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia atricapilla).

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Puget Sound White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys ssp. pugetensis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 23, 2014

Description

Despite the staining on the bill, to me it looks more yellowish than orange. When combined with the bird's short primary projection, dull white head stripes, and brownish greater wing coverts, this appears to be a member of the subspecies "pugetensis", also known as the Puget Sound White-crowned Sparrow.

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Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 17, 2012

Description

Golden-crowned Sparrows (Zonotricha atricapilla) (bird on the left) are common wintering birds throughout much of California where they often gather together with White-crowned Sparrows (Z. leucophrys). Based on this juvenile White-crown's pale lores, yellow bill, brown back, and inland location, it is almost certainly Z. l. pugetensis, the Puget Sound White Crowned Sparrow.

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fiesta flower Pholistoma auritum var. auritum

Observer

birdgal5

Date

February 24, 2015