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icosahedron

Date

April 14, 2014 11:05 AM PDT

Description

Not in data base. Aceria erinea acc'd to Bug Guide.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 12, 2014

Description

This ceanothus was observed within the Native Plant Garden of the Sonoma Humane Society. Some of the individuals were originally occurring, and further natives have been planted. In any case the wild garden is effectively naturalized at this point.

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daddylongleg spiders Family Pholcidae

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icosahedron

Date

April 13, 2014 02:54 PM PDT

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Corn Cleavers Galium tricornutum

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 13, 2014

Description

Seen producing its white flowers after this native plant has invaded a landscaped area of the shopping center. The specimen stood about 32 cm high and manifested leaves of length 18 mm in whorls of seven.

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

Seen on the shore of southern Lake Ralphine.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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chellysmelly

Date

April 12, 2014 02:28 PM PDT

Description

Butterfly or moth caterpillar. Sparse hair. Found with spiderweb like material around them, they seem to be creating the web themselves.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This variety is more specialized to chaparral and its leaves are slightly smaller than var. wislizeni. This specimen was growing in thick chaparral and its height is about three meters, with leaves about nineteen mm long. Note there is a sizable single Douglas fir in the background that has invaded the chaparral due to aggressive fire suppression practiced here over the last half century.

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Buckthorns (Family Rhamnaceae) Family Rhamnaceae

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This compact woody native shrub was seen along a rough trail at Rincon Ridge amid the chaparral.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

A trio of mushrooms of the same taxon were seen growing on the leaf litter in this mixed oak woodland. Chief oak species here are Quercus agrifolia, Q. kelloggii and Q. garryana.

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domestic mallard Anas platyrhynchos ssp. domesticus

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

This mother was watching her ducklings in one of their early life swimming lessons.

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California Polypody Polypodium californicum

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

Seen in an old rock quarry area. This specimen was only about twelve cm long in blade length.

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Tricolored Blackbird Agelaius tricolor

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

This bird was seen terrestrially near the boat ramp area of Lake Ralphine.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

This foliose lichen was seen on a large rock. The specimen was firmly adnate.

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Fungi

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Fungi and Lichen Kingdom Fungi

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icosahedron

Date

April 7, 2014 12:50 AM PDT

Description

I saw some very small fresh mushrooms in Pepperwood a week ago; ID'd for me by Alan Rockefeller as Psilocybe coprophila. I'd bet these are the same.

Hundreds of cow pats on this warm hillside looked just like this one.

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Tidy Tips Layia platyglossa

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icosahedron

Date

April 7, 2014 12:24 AM PDT

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Shortfruit Stork's Bill Erodium brachycarpum

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icosahedron

Date

April 7, 2014 12:15 AM PDT

Description

Confluent growth this spring, purpling the meadows.

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Common Goldfields Lasthenia gracilis

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icosahedron

Date

April 7, 2014 12:25 AM PDT

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

This bird was seen darting swiftly along the ground not far from the shoreline of Lake Ralphine.

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

Seen scampering about in a rocky area near the southern shoreline of Lake Ralphine.

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White-lined Sphinx Moth Hyles lineata

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evelynch

Date

April 10, 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Description

He was about 3 inches from wing to wing and about 2.5 inches from head to bottom. A little pink coloration on the wings, very pretty moth. It was transfixed to my porch light

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coast clover Trifolium wormskioldii

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

Seen invading a landscaped area near the street curb. The height of this specimen is about seven cm.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This foliose lichen was seen growing on a Douglas fir.

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Grasshoppers Suborder Caelifera

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This creature was seen in flight and then resting on a rock amid the chaparral for almost a minute.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

Numerous Bowltube iris were seen in bloom on Rincon Ridge today. The stature of these plants in the chaparral was only about ten cm high.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This tuft-grass was seen growing near the trail edge on Rincon Ridge. The flower spike reached a height of about 28 cm, and the arching green soft leaves were about 21 cm long. The panicle is rather delicate and narrow, but has a length of up to nine cm.

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Oracle oak Quercus × moreha

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This oak was seen growing amid the chaparral. It has achieved a height of about three meters. The spiked, but soft, leaf margins are exhibited on the young leaves. The leaves are about three to four cm long, glossy olive-green above and a duller olive-green abaxially.

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kerrywininger

Date

April 8, 2014 11:57 AM PDT

Description

mating

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California slender salamander Batrachoseps attenuatus

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kerrywininger

Date

April 8, 2014 03:43 PM PDT

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California Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata ssp. multicarinata

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kerrywininger

Date

April 8, 2014 05:19 PM PDT

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 9, 2014

Description

This woody shrub was observed armed with spines along its stems that exceeded 1.5 cm. The growth habit of this specimen was erect and exaggerated in its vertical form with a very stiff main stem; height was about three meters. The leaves lack petioles and arise from the stems or thorns directly in clusters of three.