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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

This Great Blue Heron was hunting by the edge of the water.

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Spikeweeds Genus Centromadia

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

These spiky yellow wildflowers (asters?) were abundant along the path and by the parking area.

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Orange Bush Monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

The Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower) is, indeed, sticky.

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

This was the only Snowy Egret we saw.

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Pinkladies Oenothera speciosa

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

This beautiful pink flower (a lily?) was one of two growing near the path.

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bunchleaf penstemon Penstemon heterophyllus

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

This Penstemon heterophyllus (Beardtongue) was very easy to ID as it had a label beside it!

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Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

A couple dozen Black-necked Stilts were feeding, along with a few adorable babies.

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American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

There were a few American Avocets feeding in the late afternoon.

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California Buckeye Aesculus californica

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wendy5

Date

May 17, 2015

Description

The Aesculus californica, California buckeye, was in full bloom.

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janetplant

Date

May 8, 2015

Description

When I first saw these little critters, my first impression was mealybug. But someone at the park told me that it was probably a larva of a black beetle in Scymninae. They really do get around quickly, not slow like mealybugs.
There are lots of them all over two very old bunya-bunya trees (Araucaria bidwillii) here in Fremont. The trees have lots of what looks like scale (so lots of food?). I've never seen these except on these two bunya-bunya trees.
I only took movies today and so i've uploaded a screen shot of the movie. Anyway to upload the movie?

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judielaine

Date

May 2, 2015 08:35 AM PDT

Description

Following up on a reported observation in the email list [calphoto] Digest Number 3804 (25 Apr 2015 09:09:26). Estimated 650 square feet with 10-20 plants per sqft.

Lot with grass, an asteraceae, and other small forbs, litter, tire marks.

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smooth goldfields Lasthenia glaberrima

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judielaine

Date

May 2, 2015 03:04 PM PDT

Description

Asteraceae: Fremont mystery. Found with many Downingia pulchella and some Lythrum hyssopifolia as well as annual grasses.

Stem: rhizome, ascending shoots from the rhizome rarely branching
Leaf: sessile (no petiole), cauline opposite and clasping, simple, entire, linear, 1-3 mm long. Very occasional hairs visible with hand lens.
Inflorescence ~5 mm in diameter
Phyllaries ~10 in 1 series, fused, Under hand lens there surface of the phyllaries have occasional hairs, while the margins are quite hairy. Leaf like.
Receptacle: domed up with bumps where the fruit join. Do these count as paleae?
Disciform as far as i can tell.
Flowers: yellow
Fruit 2 mm with a pappus about 0.5 mm long (crown?) of apparently plumose bristles

Not Amblyopappus pusillus because A. pusillus has phyllaries that are free, and A. pusillus seems to branch much more than these specimens. Also, Fremont is far outside of range.

Not Cotula sp because Cotula sp has phyllaries in 2–3+ series with scarious tips and margins, and the fruit seems all wrong.

Composite detail image, clockwise from bottom: full sample, cellphone 60x microscope image of pappus, phyllaries and receptacle, head and seed with scale, alternate image of full sample.

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New Mexico Locust Robinia neomexicana

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ross2

Date

April 12, 2015 03:06 PM PDT

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(Somewhere...)

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Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

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geodani

Date

April 20, 2015 01:36 PM PDT

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Sooty Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca ssp. unalaschcensis

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geodani

Date

April 10, 2015 01:44 PM PDT

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IPhone shot in the nectar garden.

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Pink Evening Primrose Oenothera rosea

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pmdenn

Date

March 22, 2015 08:50 AM PDT

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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

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anudibranchmom

Date

March 20, 2015

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Kit, near den. For additional photos please see: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1307059

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

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dpom

Date

March 20, 2015 01:32 PM PDT

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Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

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dpom

Date

March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

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dpom

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March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Great Egret Ardea alba

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dpom

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March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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American Wigeon Anas americana

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dpom

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March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Gadwall Anas strepera

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dpom

Date

March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius

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dpom

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March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus

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dpom

Date

March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

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dpom

Date

March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Very young fox, about 3 weeks old.

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

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dpom

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March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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dpom

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March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

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dpom

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March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

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Cabbage White Pieris rapae

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dpom

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March 20, 2015 10:36 AM PDT