This is like the junco or Yellow-rumped Warbler of dragonflies.
Lots of yoys out.
I always think of late summer and fall in the Bay Area as being like February back east: dead, dormant, quiet. But, like temperate winter, Mediterranean fall has vibrancy if you know how to look. Coyotebrush is in full bloom right now, and while it looks barely less humble than it does without flowers, it rewards closer inspection. Bolster that beauty with the fact that this hardy native lies at the heart of many of our coastal chaparral ecosystems, that it hosts scads of native insects, and that it seems persist against the odds in places like abandoned gas stations and trashed salt marshes, and you've got a seriously amazing plant.
These seemed to being tended by argentinian ants.
Caught and ate western fence lizard
2 flew overhead, heading East.
Clovers still confuse me, non-native ones doubly sow. This was a very small, mat-forming species growing in the middle of the trail.
Interesting find by Liam. This is my first time seeing this lichen despite quite a bit of time staring into shrubs in the Oakland/Berkeley Hills. We found two individuals, one on poison oak and the other on coyotebush (I think, though it wasn't very leafy so maybe not), so it's certainly not common at this location. There were no apothecia on either, and you can see what I think are the soredia on the second pic here.
Possibly in the genus Sphex. Sadly did not see them hauling away any katydids.
Went to Sibley to look for Rattlesnakes. Dry, hot walk...
Blanking on the name
Should return here in spring...
Maybe planted, hard to tell
Sibley Volcanic Park. Could someone explain why all interesting lichens are in the dead center of Poison-oak?