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...
This moss was seen growing on the trunk of a living Quercus kelloggii tree about two meters above the soil surface.
Seen perching in a Quercus kelloggii tree.
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.
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
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.
Two treefrogs at edge of upper pond. Dozens were visible from this spot - tadpoles of varying stages too.
Coulee Ranch. Patch above upper pond on west facing slope. Nearly white bloom with blue markings - typical blue flower on same stem.
This foliose lichen was seen growing in a chaparral area on native rock.
Seen in the Native Plant Garden at the rear of the Sonoma Humane Society grounds.
Two individuals; saw about ten on my short walk,