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

This moss was seen growing on the trunk of a living Quercus kelloggii tree about two meters above the soil surface.

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 19, 2014

Description

Seen perching in a Quercus kelloggii tree.

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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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California Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata ssp. multicarinata

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couleeca

Date

April 19, 2014 06:20 PM PDT

Description

Found and captured in the house. Diameter of the plastic container bottom is 3.5", so perhaps 5-6" long? Tail considerably longer than body. Not a fence lizard. Dull gray-brown all over, slightly paler belly, grid of widely spaced darker checks on back

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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Spiders Order Araneae

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 10:40 AM PDT

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Spiders Order Araneae

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icosahedron

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April 18, 2014 12:14 AM PDT

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Salsify Tragopogon porrifolius

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icosahedron

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April 18, 2014 12:08 AM PDT

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Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Battus philenor

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icosahedron

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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

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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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Western Tent Caterpillar Malacosoma californicum

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icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:50 AM PDT

Description

On willow.

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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

Observer

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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Northern Pacific Treefrog Pseudacris regilla

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couleeca

Date

April 18, 2014 12:06 PM PDT

Description

Two treefrogs at edge of upper pond. Dozens were visible from this spot - tadpoles of varying stages too.

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Western blue-eyed grass Sisyrinchium bellum

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couleeca

Date

April 18, 2014 12:03 PM PDT

Description

Coulee Ranch. Patch above upper pond on west facing slope. Nearly white bloom with blue markings - typical blue flower on same stem.

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c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This foliose lichen was seen growing in a chaparral area on native rock.

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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 16, 2014 01:21 PM PDT

Description

Two individuals; saw about ten on my short walk,

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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icosahedron

Date

April 16, 2014 01:18 PM PDT

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hillside woodland star Lithophragma heterophyllum

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icosahedron

Date

April 16, 2014 12:36 AM PDT