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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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What

Birds Class Aves

Observer

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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What

Spiders Order Araneae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 10:40 AM PDT

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What

Spiders Order Araneae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:14 AM PDT

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Salsify Tragopogon porrifolius

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:08 AM PDT

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Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Battus philenor

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:05 AM PDT

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Pacific Clubtail Gomphus kurilis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 10:29 AM PDT

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What

Pineapple weed Matricaria discoidea

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 10:38 AM PDT

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What

Lorquin's Admiral Limenitis lorquini

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:20 AM PDT

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American Dog Tick Dermacentor variabilis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 12:49 AM PDT

Description

Picked up three 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.

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What

Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

Observer

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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What

Western Tent Caterpillar Malacosoma californicum

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:50 AM PDT

Description

On willow.

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Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 18, 2014 11:22 AM PDT

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Snakeflies Order Raphidioptera

Observer

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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What

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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What

Northern Pacific Treefrog Pseudacris regilla

Observer

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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What

Western blue-eyed grass Sisyrinchium bellum

Observer

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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Observer

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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Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 16, 2014 01:21 PM PDT

Description

Two individuals; saw about ten on my short walk,

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What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 16, 2014 01:18 PM PDT

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What

hillside woodland star Lithophragma heterophyllum

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 16, 2014 12:36 AM PDT

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Observer

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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Observer

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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What

daddylongleg spiders Family Pholcidae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

April 13, 2014 02:54 PM PDT

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

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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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This variety is more specialized to chaparral and its leaves are slightly smaller than var. wislizeni. This specimen was growing in thick chaparral and its height is about three meters, with leaves about nineteen mm long. Note there is a sizable single Douglas fir in the background that has invaded the chaparral due to aggressive fire suppression practiced here over the last half century.

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What

Buckthorns (Family Rhamnaceae) Family Rhamnaceae

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 10, 2014

Description

This compact woody native shrub was seen along a rough trail at Rincon Ridge amid the chaparral.

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What

Tricolored Blackbird Agelaius tricolor

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Description

This bird was seen terrestrially near the boat ramp area of Lake Ralphine.