The caterpillars seemed to be dead, as you can see in the second picture where I've breached the tent.
Could easily find on several species of 'live oaks' throughout the park.
This bird showed up in my neighborhood in early January, and I've been stalking it ever since. It spends a lot of time on the very top of one of the taller neighborhood trees, and I wouldn't have given it a second glance were it not being divebombed by a pair of crows one afternoon. Twice now I've seen this bird dining on a mouse or small bird such as a sparrow, and whenever it flies near any of the other neighborhood trees, every bird in the tree scatters.
The missile-like trajectory of its flight, its size (smaller than a crow, bigger than a kestrel), its diet, and its banded tail lead me to believe it might be a merlin, but if anyone else could back me up on that, it would be much appreciated.
This is known as a suncup.
The common name I heard first was Ground Iris.
I'm not totally sure about this one.
I saw this guy sitting on a bush and tried to approach it slowly to to get a good shot, but of course it was watching me the whole time and took off.
Deceased adult badger in West Petaluma, side of road, 1 mile west on D Street outside Petaluma, reported by bicyclist. Body was no longer there when PLAN went to verify. Photo was submitted by cyclist, however.
Douglas - 3000 Eastman Lane area in West Petaluma. Solitary badger regularly seen. Recent additional burrowing on adjacent connected property near gardening.
I saw this Western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) taking refuge along lower Lagunitas Creek on Sunday December 2nd when flows exceeded 3,000 cubic feet per second (comparatively, today is 45 cfs)!