Bird is a large finch, with an elongated bill. Lower mandible crosses outside the upper mandible to the birds left side. Cheeks gray, upper head dirty red. Breast rusty red, solid, no streaks. White on lower belly. Undertail coverts light with brownish triangular markings. Wing dark, no wing bars. Upper back not seen. The bird was flocking with pine siskins. Observed through Nikon ED spotting scope, perched on black locust tree in mixed oak,
Douglas fir, ponderosa pine forest with lots of houses
Growing on the mosses on the side of the large pile of limestone near the lime kilns. Coast redwood forest
Apparently a purple slime mold? Growing on rotten log on the side of the trail between the parking lot and Bennett Creek.
mixed flock of Tricolored, Red-winged and Brewer's Blackbirds.
I was walking around in the oaks looking for Portuguese broom to pull during a volunteer workday on Randall Morgan Sandhills Preserve when I saw this guy. He just watched me as I watched him. He didn't seem to concerned.
California fuschia. Native plant, but planted in Skypark. ID per sign in park.