leucistic black oystercatcher
This hybrid is well-known locally. Its breast color matches Black-headed, but the pattern matches Rose-breasted Grosbeak. He was singing away. Better pictures exist, but I wanted to make sure this guy got recorded. This fellow sings from near the pump house on lower Gazos Creek
found amidst bracken fern and under buckeyes near quirosite site inland, on the side of the creek trail
I was sure this was something else, maybe a Western Wood-Peewee, when I saw it, but now I think it's probably a Black Phoebe. I'm open to being wrong, though...
Lushly growing in a shaded riparian environment next to the creek.
Raccoon (Procyon lotor) , Butano State Park, San Mateo County, California - February 2009.
Platynus ovipennis (Ground Beetle, Carabidae), Butano State Park, San Mateo Co., CA -February 2009. Thanks to Kip Will for ID.