Seen on a WildOakland.org walk lead by Ron Fezler
Feeding along the shore. Yesterday they had some white egret camp followers working the inner shore, but tide was out further.
Small. Less than a foot across. Saw it while it was getting out of the way of some white pelicans.
A very snipe-ish bird exploded from some brush as I passed it and flew away quickly. No time for picture, alas, but it looked and sounded just like a snipe. Very cool!
All day there has been a great horned owl in the oak tree in my backyard. A group of crows and a single sharp-shinned hawk have surrounded it and been screeching at it non-stop. The owl is still there after five hours. The number of crows has increased.
Students found this orange and black insect in our school garden at 12:30 in the afternoon. We haven't been able to determine its species, and we're hoping to get more information.
Pretty sure this is the thing Belinda observed recently...
The poor animal was trapped in fishing line and likely to be wounded in the process of freeing himself. I tried to help him but he slowly moved to the center of the lake. Fishermen should be much more respectful of wildlife!
Buzzing around my window. Big bug!
I suspect this is Promyrmekiaphila, but I can't really see the cymbium, let alone any dorsal spines thereupon.