A scene in one of the 'vernal pools' that form each spring in the ruts of the soggy dirt road between the creek and the water treatment pond here. They always fill with pollywogs in the weeks of their existence.
I suppose these are Sierran Treefrogs...
Seen in bloom in a ruderal area near the sidewalk. The height of this specimen is approximately 25 cm.
Seen growing in a ruderal area near the sidewalk. The height of this specimen was about 25 cm.
A pair of these cruised leisurely into a flock of Tree Swallows briefly, and then flew away... This one had some sort of short interaction with one of the swallows before leaving.
I believe I've seen these consistently over the last year in this spot without ever being able to get a picture or even a good look. Usually they seem to be approaching the large water treatment pond, gliding in at around 50' elevation. I wonder whether anyone could hazard a guess.
Picked up six of these wandering in the grassy verge of the creek trail. They made no attempt to bite in the hour I carried them; but crawled restlessly over my body until I plucked them off. My dog got three-- that I could find.
All of these were male.
Hundreds circling the pump house on this water treatment pond; individuals periodically darting under the eaves where I presume they are nesting.
Someone has 'decorated' this structure with dangling/waving mylar strips... is that an expedient to discourage these birds?
Saw a few of these on the curly dock; the plants involved were all a bit chewed up.
The first two were a puzzle: I assume the first one is hugely gravid? And if so, what's the second up to at this late date?
Apparently harvesting mosquito larvae from one of the 'vernal pools' that form in the ruts of this dirt road from spring rains.
When I startled it, it simply 'skated' out onto it's little pond; and soon scrambled back onto the partially submerged leaf where it had been perched.
Seen in the Native Plant Garden at the rear of the Sonoma Humane Society grounds.
Not in data base. Aceria erinea acc'd to Bug Guide.
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.
Butterfly or moth caterpillar. Sparse hair. Found with spiderweb like material around them, they seem to be creating the web themselves.
This bird was seen terrestrially near the boat ramp area of Lake Ralphine.
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
This large tree was seen in a vacant lot next to this medical office complex. The tree height was about thirty five meters. The tree was probably planted many decades ago, probably as a gateway to a now destroyed residence at this site. The distinctive dry fruits found on the ground are about forty cm long.