Still hanging on here. I first observed them at this site in 2010.
Rock tripes on basalt boulders, brown upper surface, pale gray lower surface.
Foliose basalt growing lichen, with flat long circular edged lobes, gray/green upper surface, and medim brown lower surface
Small, very pale bodied foliose basalt growing lichen, with wrinkly edged lobes.
Cliffbrakes in Vacaville (note: brake family, not cliffbrake)
Fern in a crevice under a basalt boulder
Mammal scat in a depression on top of a large boulder. The precarious approach from the ground seems to rule out local lagomorphs, so its size suggests a ground squirrel.
Fig? tree in a space currently used as a cow pasture. Hard to tell if it was accidentally introduced, or cultivated.
Season's last three leaves on a blue oak
I have been wanting to get a pic of one of these guys for years when visiting my mother and finally one was home when I had my camera with me.
I took about ten shots as I got ever closer until the bird took off and I then tried to take a picture of it in flight.
Mystery ant, large and small, see finger for scale.
Pendulum nest woven out of grasses and fiberous materials.
Recent sign of beaver activity, lodge, haul outs.
It looks like several of these are nesting under my mother's tile roof. I want to call it a robin but will take suggestions.
Heard 'em calling!
The front bird is a Canada Goose, but the one behind it appears to be a Canada-x-Greylag or Canada-x-Domestic hybrid
In the field, from behavior, size, and bill straightness, I thought this bird was a Lesser Yellowlegs. It did a lot of coasting and swimming, a la phalarope style. But looking at the picture now, I wanted to get some other opinions on Greater/Lesser.