7:30a.m. As soon as the Towhee was released, Beth began processing for the Wilson’s Warbler. He was relatively small with olive green on his wings, tail, and back and a bright yellow head and underside, all topped with black cap. Based on these plumage observations, we identified the bird as a male Wilson’s Warbler. By the time that Beth got to processing him, he had been bird bag for at least 20 minutes since being first bagged at the mist net site. I had carried him in the bag during this time and in the 20 minutes, his rate of fluttering around in the bag had decreased over time. When he was first bagged, he fluttered almost every six seconds. When the Towhee was being processed, he fluttered maybe once every ten seconds. When he was being measured and processed himself, he put up very little struggle and even allowed Tricia to hold him in the photographer’s pose. No wing chord and tail lengths were taken since we didn’t have the tools of the right scale to take accurate measurements for a bird of his small size. When it came time to releasing him, a flight path was cleared, a supine hand offered as a take-off point, and he was released right above the take-off point. He quickly flew off into a clump of bushy trees.
Weight 7 g
Wing chord length --
Culmen length 7.8 mm
Tarsus Length 16.9 mm
Tail Length --
Feather wear None noted
Molt All feathers present
Body Condition No fat deposits
This is like the junco or Yellow-rumped Warbler of dragonflies.
On California bay tree trunk
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.
Biggest I've ever seen. 15 cm diam trunk. More than 5 m tall and wide. Most of canopy leafless. Drought?
Male and female!
In citrus trees - 2 individuals
Looks like a cross between a scorpion and a tick.
same as this guy http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/822945