cultivated sweet pea
Note small size , pale color , spotted corolla , and the one-sided calyx .
On fennel, small butterfly. Not a great photo, but looked bluish/gray on the wings in flight.
About 1.2 meters long, he was just hanging out in the road. Gently removed from the middle of the road to the edge, to prevent being squished by bicycles.
Fairly small butterfly, about 3-4 cm from wingtip to wingtip. Didn't settle in one spot for long.
Appeared to be sharing a delicious meal with a fly.
2 turkey hens pecking, eating bugs and walking on the lawn in front of condo building at 1300 Quarry Ct., Pt. Richmond, CA, USA
2 hens pecking for bugs and walking on the lawn in front of
(building A) 1300 Quarry Ct., Brickyard Landing condos.
2 hens running west bound and a Tom chasing on a cement sidewalk along the side of building E at top of hill on Pinnacle Ct., Brickyard Landing condos, Pt.Richmond, CA.
Cirsium arvense var. incanum
Thistle found in a meadow with native and introduced grasses.
I've been around of coyotes, usually seen from cars or heard in the middle of the night from my bedroom when I was a teen. Today was my first experience with this predator up close... While watching children. We had taken a trip to my car so I could get my rain pants and boots and just as I was finishing up and locking the car the boys excitedly but quietly pointed toward the road, "Look! A coyote!" "Let's see if we can see it as it goes up the road," I suggested. Yes! We saw it through the trees! They expressed that they wished that their friends could see it, too, and I thought briefly about running on the parallel gravel road to let the others know, but realized the coyote was ahead of us and would travel much faster. Right after we turned to leave we looked again and... The coyote was suddenly right in the middle of the meadow! It saw us as we had seen it, and I had the kids stand on top of the little fence to get a better look as it hunted unsuccessfully for gophers. It drew closer and finally I told them to stay still and if I needed to I would scare it away. Fortunately it came no closer and walked toward the gravel road, leaping into the forest as it heard others coming down the path. Then, properly attired, we took a walk through the wet, wet meadow to share our exciting story.
One female walking up the front steps of a house.
Observed in the water from a distance, curiously watching me and my dog. The otter submerged, swam, and resurfaced several times and was easy to track because of a line of bubbles along his swim track
Heron was hunting at water edge until disturbed, then flew down the shore to another spot
Searching for discarded bits of food on Berkeley campus. Very unafraid of humans.
Oakland Hills Manzanita in full bloom. Grows on steep, exposed, rocky slopes.
The children found two of these caterpillars near a patch of ivy under oak trees.