These were growing on a bay leaf. Not sure which species this is.
Very firm. Nice squirrel-bite in the top. No smell. In a backyard near citrus, birch, roses, plum.
On a chain-link fence post near the freeway.
not sure of this ID as it seems looking in my various books, this guy's tail is much longer than any of the hawks I see in the books.
Fruiting in mulch outside Herrin labs on Stanford campus
Very large clumps just below the dam. On dead either alder or cottonwood
FINALLY I saw a Coyote on my regular walk up here! It had taken over a year for one of the commoner mammals to show itself. This dog looked healthy.
This one puzzled me for a long time; I thought it might be a Field Sparrow. Leslie, Ginny, and Ron joined me up there, and internet discussion also helped to seal the ID. But it was fun!
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea), male, Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, San Mateo Co., CA - July 3, 2009.
Another hiker reported that males were playing/fighting with their horns, a few minutes before I took this picture.
Woodrat found this morning in a storage area under the house. We often have creatures attempting to live there, thus I normally have traps in the area. This one was not in a trap, having died last night for the body was still fairly flexible of unknown causes. Love the coloration.
Scat with large amounts of deer fur in it.
Knocked down a nest while cleaning up after Halloween. Still had five adults at the nest but no larva. Nest about 3 inches across. Introduced to N.A in 1968. Becoming a pest in central California interior and more recently in the SF Bay Area. My first found nest of this paper wasp. Mostly orange antennae a give-a-way for ID.