The pair were sitting on a rock, started giving warning(?) calls when I came within 200 yards.
First bloom of the year
First bloom of year
Flying north towards Russian Gulch
Perched on role pile by rd in coastal prairie grassland
2.5 inches, worm like, very small legs, brown with red mottling. Seems to have snuck under the door to get away from the rain storm. I was sweeping and as the broom passed over it the salamander began to wriggle like I've seen small red worms here do so I thought it was a worm. On closer look I notices legs. I checked for damage from the broom then released it back outside in the rain. I probably should have taken a picture but my phone's camera is not the best.
Found on the Sunset Boulders at Goat Rock State Park in Sonoma, CA.
Pacific red octo?
This specimen was observed on the intertidal sands near the discharge of Scotty Creek to the Pacific Ocean. This species was an important element of the diet for coastal Native Americans thousands of years ago. Note the presence of radial and circumferential ribs, a diagnostic that differentiates this mussel from M. edulis.
Found in the intertidal zone on coarse sands near the outflow of Scotty Creek.
Quite a number of these forbs were seen in bloom along the upper Kortum Trail.
A number of coastal iris were seen in bloom along the grassland area beside the upper Kortum Trail not far from Mammoth Rocks, where the Woolly mammoths left their rubbing marks 3.5 meters high.
Seen empty on a beach immediately south of Gleason Beach in the intertidal zone. Note the minute boring holes where this mussel was attacked by another creature.
Seen growing on the sandy backshore, this beach plant was introduced from Europe, and is now widespread on USA backshores.
Orange lichen growing on rock outcrop of the Preserve
Pair of pileated woodpeckers, flying from Russian Gulch to Jenner Gulch.
Ferruginous hawk hunting the coastal prairie of JHP.
At least 2 individuals, Within 24hrs of a 100k sewage release into nearby Russian River. (Possible link to increased nutrients in river outflow?)
Bald eagle sighted heading north towards Russian gulch.
Armstrong Redwoods Natural Reserve