Amphibians

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:55 AM PDT

Description

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...

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Damselflies Suborder Zygoptera

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:24 AM PDT

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Western Box Elder Bug Boisea rubrolineata

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 10:14 AM PDT

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 19, 2014

Description

Seen in bloom in a ruderal area near the sidewalk. The height of this specimen is approximately 25 cm.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 19, 2014

Description

Seen growing in a ruderal area near the sidewalk. The height of this specimen was about 25 cm.

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Birds

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Birds Class Aves

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:03 AM PDT

Description

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.

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Salsify Tragopogon porrifolius

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:08 AM PDT

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Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Battus philenor

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:05 AM PDT

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Pacific Clubtail Gomphus kurilis

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 10:29 AM PDT

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Pineapple weed Matricaria discoidea

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 10:38 AM PDT

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Lorquin's Admiral Limenitis lorquini

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:20 AM PDT

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American Dog Tick Dermacentor variabilis

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:49 AM PDT

Description

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.

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:18 AM PDT

Description

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?

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Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:22 AM PDT

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Snakeflies Order Raphidioptera

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:41 AM PDT

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Green Dock Beetle Gastrophysa cyanea

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 10:54 AM PDT

Description

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?

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Spiders Order Araneae

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:56 AM PDT

Description

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.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 12, 2014

Description

Seen in the Native Plant Garden at the rear of the Sonoma Humane Society grounds.

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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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mycogeo

Date

April 13, 2014 09:16 AM PDT

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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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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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lindseyaelliott

Date

April 11, 2014 12:01 PM PDT

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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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Western Pond Turtle Actinemys marmorata

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dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

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redwoodray

Date

April 8, 2014

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 8, 2014

Description

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.

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Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla

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dave-barry

Date

April 6, 2014