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What

Yellow Mariposa Lily Calochortus luteus

Observer

janinalarenas

Date

May 16, 2015 11:27 AM PDT

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jolynnejones

Date

May 25, 2015

Description

Not sure about this one, but it is the reddest of the squirrels in the area. More of a mixed red-grey coat making me think is a melano with a red gene.

I read in Roger Caras' Mammals of North America that the Eastern Red Squirrel had not gone as far south as the central coast of CA. However, his book was written in 1967.

Anybody have an idea?

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What

Cuckoo Wasps Family Chrysididae

Observer

leptonia

Date

May 27, 2015 09:39 AM PDT

Description

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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jolynnejones

Date

May 25, 2015

Description

Another frequent visitor to our backyard feeder. We get both male and female and later we will see them bringing young to the feeder and teaching them how to get the seed.

black head, female has white stripes on head, black and white speckled wings, underneath part of wings is yellow, female breast is a pale orange, males has darker orange breast.

Used this image as it was taken on May 25th. Adding others from another time.

Have been seeing them for 8 years here.

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jolynnejones

Date

May 25, 2015

Description

At the Quarry Pond at the end of our street. We often see the same species in our yard. Note the tongue in the picture.

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What

Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 24, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Was high in a tree near a pond. Drew attention to itself with a lovely tweet that I did not recognize. Even with a 400 lens, could not get a good view.

Second photo shows back side that is brown. The lower bill is definitely a yellow-orange. Forked tail makes me think it is a flycatcher.

Thanks to John D for identification

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OAK TITMOUSE Baeolophus inornatus

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 24, 2015

Description

GREY BIRD, SMALL, TOPNOT, FEEDS WITH SEED BETWEEN HIS FEET. OFTEN COMES TO FEEDER WITH CHICKADEES.

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REDWING BLACKBIRD Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 25, 2015

Description

REDWING BLACKBIRD MALE
RED EPAULETS ARE BRIGHT ORANGE-RED. HE IS AMONG THE REEDS AT THE POND AT THE END OF OUR STREET. MAKES HIS CALL MORNING AND AFTERNOON WITH THE LOW SWEET WHISTLE. THERE ARE FEMALES ALSO AT THE POND.

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Poison Hemlock Conium maculatum

Observer

kwillott

Date

May 21, 2015

Description

stems have purple streaks

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Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Observer

kwillott

Date

May 21, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

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Golden chinquapin Chrysolepis chrysophylla

Observer

kwillott

Date

May 26, 2015

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What

Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia

Observer

jmaughn

Date

May 26, 2015

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chamise Adenostoma fasciculatum

Observer

kwillott

Date

May 26, 2015

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peak rushrose Helianthemum scoparium

Observer

kwillott

Date

May 26, 2015

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California Broom Acmispon glaber

Observer

kwillott

Date

May 26, 2015

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kwillott

Date

May 26, 2015

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What

Tree Squirrels Genus Sciurus

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 25, 2015

Description

GREY SQUIRREL, WHITE BELLY, SOME HAVE WHITE AROUND EARS, SEE AT OUR FEEDER DAILY.

When several people identified this as an Eastern Grey Squirrel, I thought, "in CA?"

So I went where I should have gone to begin with: North American Animals of the U.S. and Canada by Roger Caras - one of my favorite books!

This grey squirrel is found in WA, OR, and CA.

The Rockies are the barrier to the Eastern Grey.

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Diffuse spineflower Chorizanthe diffusa

Observer

kwillott

Date

May 26, 2015

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Tree Squirrels Genus Sciurus

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 25, 2015

Description

BLACK SQUIRREL, FEMALE, LACTATING, ON OUR FEEDER. COMES DAILY

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Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 25, 2015

Description

DARK HEADED JAY WITH TOPNOT, DEEP BLUE ON REST OF BODY

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scarlet pimpernel Anagallis arvensis

Observer

glennjoy

Date

May 23, 2015

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Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 23, 2015

Description

We see a flock of approximately 20 in our yard year-round. They come daily. Scare easily and retreat to a tall juniper before returning.

Often accompanied by a single Eurasion Collard-Dove.

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What

Allen's Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 24, 2015

Description

Small, aggressive hummingbird. This one was in our backyard, however, we most often observe Allen's at the UCSC Arboretum during Fall migration, Spring, and into early summer.

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 23, 2015

Description

See it daily, year-round. This medium size hummingbird is a year-round resident of the Pacific Coast from Washington to Baja.

This female dominates our backyard chasing away males and Allen's hummingbirds.

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jolynnejones

Date

April 22, 2015

Description

Halmus chalybeus

Have seen infrequently over the past 2 years on hydrangea in the backyard.

Between April and August

Plants

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What

Plants (Plantae) Kingdom Plantae

Observer

mel42

Date

May 24, 2015 10:40 PM PDT

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Black-Headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 24, 2015

Description

medium sized finch with prominent red on head of the male during mating season.

Prominent black and white markings on back

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 24, 2015

Description

Common in our area. We see them at our feeder every day of the year

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California Quail Callipepla californica

Observer

fassio

Date

May 24, 2015 11:09 AM PDT

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Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea

Observer

jolynnejones

Date

May 23, 2015

Description

Year round resident