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Spiders Order Araneae

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October 1, 2014 06:38 AM PDT

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Volupial Pyrausta Moth Pyrausta volupialis

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September 30, 2014 04:14 PM PDT

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Flies Order Diptera

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September 30, 2014 04:14 PM PDT

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Black Rat Rattus rattus

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September 30, 2014 04:14 PM PDT

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Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea

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September 30, 2014 04:14 PM PDT

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Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus

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September 30, 2014 04:14 PM PDT

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

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September 30, 2014 04:14 PM PDT

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens

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September 30, 2014 04:14 PM PDT

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Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

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September 30, 2014 04:14 PM PDT

Description

At first glance, I assumed this was a female Hooded Oriole, but upon closer inspection of the photo and consultation with local experts, we now agree that this is a female-type Orchard Oriole. the bill is much shorter than that of a Hooded, the underparts are a bright yellow, instead of paler belly and grayish flanks on the Hooded. The tail length of the Orchard is shorter and more squared off than the Hooded. This is an exciting backyard bird for me!

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Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae

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September 29, 2014 09:06 AM PDT

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One Humpback Whale off Half Moon Bay today, beyond the pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. The second photo shows a dolphin in the foreground for size reference. The whale was pretty far out and I was not able to get any decent photos of it.

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Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

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September 29, 2014 09:06 AM PDT

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Kelp bass Paralabrax clathratus

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September 28, 2014

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8-10 small fish under the dock. Fish were about 5-6" long with white-spotted backs and yellow tails. They fit the description of Yellowtail Rockfish, but I don't know enough to make the id.

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Tunicates Subphylum Tunicata

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September 28, 2014

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Northern Kelp Crab Pugettia producta

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September 28, 2014

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One of the biggest ones I've ever seen came up with the rope I was pulling on.

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September 28, 2014

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September 28, 2014

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September 28, 2014

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Athecate Hydroids Order Anthoathecata

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September 28, 2014

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Strawberry Anemone Corynactis californica

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September 28, 2014

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Just a few small patches of these.

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Tunicates Subphylum Tunicata

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September 28, 2014

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Sea Vase Ciona intestinalis

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September 28, 2014

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September 28, 2014

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Huge base, about 4 inches across. It was the only Plumose Anemone I saw here.

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September 28, 2014

Description

Octocoral id per Lamb, pg 90. It's as close as I could find. This was a very dense patch growing on the shady side of a dock. It was the only patch I could find. Total length of each polyp was about an inch.

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Japanese Skeleton Shrimp Caprella mutica

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September 28, 2014 02:17 PM PDT

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White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

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September 28, 2014 08:57 AM PDT

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Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi

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September 28, 2014 08:57 AM PDT

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Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea

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September 28, 2014 08:57 AM PDT

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Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

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September 28, 2014 08:57 AM PDT

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Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

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September 28, 2014 08:57 AM PDT

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House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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September 28, 2014 08:57 AM PDT