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Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 11, 2012

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 18, 2012

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Wrentit Chamaea fasciata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

July 1, 2012

Description

Wrentits are common but secretive chaparral-loving birds. While they often hide deep in the brush, their raspy calls and "dropping ping-pong ball" like song are often heard. They are the only New World representatives of the family Sylviidae.

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Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 3, 2012

Description

Bewick's Wrens are one of the most common birds in California's coastal scrub and chaparral. This individual was seen carrying a fecal sac from the brush meaning its nest was nearby.

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Common Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus ssp. minimus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

March 18, 2012

Description

This is one of the coastal "brown-capped" coastal bushtits, Psaltriparus m. minimus. (family Aegithalidae) Several birds were working their way through a grove of Coast Live Oaks.

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Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 18, 2012

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 18, 2012

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Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 4, 2012

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Western Snowy Plovers (Charadrius n. nivosus) are small, federally threatened shorebirds that breed on open sandy beaches and lakeshores. We are fortunate enough in Monterey County to have a small year-round population that nest on our beaches and coastal dunes. Unfortunately, these small birds are susceptible to predation, disturbance, and nest destruction as their eggs are nearly invisible against the sand.

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California Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus ssp. elegans

Observer

rjadams55

Date

March 13, 2013

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 18, 2012

Description

Two males were displaying to between 12 and 15 apparently disinterested females.

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Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

August 5, 2015

Description

This patch was in a highly disturbed strip of land between a school and fields of row crops.

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裸傘屬 Genus Gymnopilus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

December 16, 2014

Description

Around a half dozen individuals growing in a wood chip covered and shrub planted garden. Several individuals were excavated for identification. Identification of these mushrooms was based on their overall appearance, their rusty-orange spores, non-viscid caps and stems,and adnexed gills.

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Yellow Stainer Agaricus xanthodermus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

December 12, 2014

Description

One of many very similar Agaricus, this individual was identified by its broad, persistent veil, slightly fibrous cap, and the yellow staining that appeared when the cap was rubbed and when the base of the stalk was cut.

It was found in a suburban yard near downtown Salinas.

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What

Southern Sea Otter Enhydra lutris ssp. nereis

Observer

dpom

Date

July 28, 2015 09:25 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

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cobwebby thistle Cirsium occidentale var. occidentale

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 3, 2012

Description

Unlike many thistles which are introduced and invasive, Cobweb Thistle is a native species with numerous subspecies endemic to California.

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California sagebrush Artemisia californica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

November 25, 2011

Description

California Sagebrush is one of the most common plants in the coastal sage scrub habitat along with Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) and Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis).

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Monterey Indian paintbrush Castilleja latifolia

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 23, 2011

Place

(Somewhere...)

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elegant clarkia Clarkia unguiculata

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 3, 2012

Description

The Elegant Clarkia (family Onagraceae) is one of the last of the "spring" wildflowers. A small patch were found on the Fort Ord National Monument along a shaded NW facing slope.

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What

sandmat manzanita Arctostaphylos pumila

Observer

rjadams55

Date

April 10, 2011

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

A rare and endangered manzanita endemic to the Monterey Bay area and San Francisco Peninsula.

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What

bluewitch nightshade Solanum umbelliferum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 6, 2011

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What

Wavy-leafed Soap Plant Chlorogalum pomeridianum

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 3, 2012

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Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

October 21, 2012

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Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

Observer

rjadams55

Date

October 1, 2011

Description

Both male and female Fiery Skippers were seen feeding on garden flowers.

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Observer

rjadams55

Date

December 27, 2014

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California Oak Moth Phryganidia californica

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 14, 2012

Description

California Oak Moths (family Notodontidae) can be extremely common on the central California coast, occasionally emerging by the tens of millions where their caterpillars defoliate (but don't kill) large numbers of Coast Live Oaks (Quercus agrifolia). This appears to be another boom year for these moths with some oaks surrounded by huge fluttering swarms.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

February 27, 2011

Description

A female wolf spider, Pardosa tuoba (Lycosidae). Identification was made by collecting several specimens (M&F) and both keying them out and comparing them directly to specimens at the California Academy of Sciences.

Plants

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What

Plants Kingdom Plantae

Observer

mticguzman

Date

July 8, 2015 11:51 AM PDT

Description

Red flowering tree near Amtrak station in Salinas, CA. Group of Amish traveling in train wondered what it is.

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What

Noble False Widow Steatoda nobilis

Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 30, 2012

Description

This adult female was found on my front porch. It was collected and its identity confirmed through an examination of its epyginum. To my knowledge it represented the first record of this introduced European species to central California.

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What

Sinuous bee fly Hemipenthes sinuosa

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 14, 2012

Description

While hiking at Fort Ord National Monument (Coast Oak woodlands and chaparral) I saw at least half a dozen Sinuous Bee Flies (Family Bombyliidae) that appeared to be acting territorially along the sandy trails.

The species was identified by the "blob-like" dark marking near the apex of the wing.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

May 30, 2012

Description

Pelegrina aeneola is one of the most common jumping spiders in California. This adult female was found on some shrubbery in my backyard. I collected it as a voucher and confirmed its identity by looking at its fine details under a microscope.