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 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.
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,
Not in data base. Aceria erinea acc'd to Bug Guide.
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.
Butterfly or moth caterpillar. Sparse hair. Found with spiderweb like material around them, they seem to be creating the web themselves.
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.
This compact woody native shrub was seen along a rough trail at Rincon Ridge amid the chaparral.