Thanks for any help. The first photo was taken after it took the bath. It's beak looked a little downturned, which you can kind of make out in the 4th photo.
Seen at Annadel Spring Lake parking area.
Since it looked like something was on it's back (from below), I'd guess a Saddlebags?
Saw multiple young ones/around 4cm, snout to vent, sunning on paths & rocks today.
Two caterpillars observed/pictured on Sweet Fennel/Foeniculum vulgare.
On Fountain Grove in Santa Rosa.
An area planted with 'native' low water use vegetation after development. Season for blooms mostly over, so what's visible are a few flowers and some brown seeds.
How is this distinguished from the California buckwheat?
Along Fountain Grove
Photo came out a little dark. Thanks for any help.
This tree is on the edge of the native plant garden at Sonoma State University but it doesn't look native.
I think. In riparian zone.