Bushtit nest from previous near. Sock-like nest composed of valley oak leaves, hair, moss, and lichen. Retrieved from the ground.
This daring jumper is about 1.5 cm.
Mostly notable for the fact that there was snow there. First time it had snowed there in 20+ years and to my knowledge it hasn't happened again since, either. Funny how in Vermont it wouldn't even be of note.
A fox squirrel ate a hole in the rind of this orange, then ate the juice and the pulp.
A somewhat faded Gulf Fritillary was feeding on my Lantana. Since the temperatures have dropped the last couple weeks, fewer have been visiting my yard.
Several fresh pocket gopher mounds at the south end of West Pond. This is the first confirmed occurrence in West Pond which is surrounded by suburban development on 3 sides and Covell Blvd on the north side.
Stopping for a drink at the bee garden.
Banding 3 nestling western bluebirds from a purple martin nest box at Core Pond, Davis, CA.
There's been a flock of what I think are guineafowl roaming around the area for the last few weeks. They sure do make a lot of noise! Sound like geese. Almost walked into our office, I had to stomp to scare them off.
California gall wasp galls on a Valley Oak. The young tree was covered with this years and previous years galls.
About 22 flocking near trees at entrance of park.
Good sized tree squirrel. All gray on top and white underneath. Black, white, gray bushy tail. Tried to cross a busy street, but was run-over by a vehicle. Suburban habitat.
Praying mantis on my patio screen
Gulf fritillary feeding on Lantana in my yard, Davis, CA.
The fungus wrapped around the base of a dead dwarf conifer trunk. The tree had been cut down in 2009.
I observed a western fence lizard on my driveway near my garage door. It spent all day there then disappeared. First one I have observed in my yard.
This spider was hunting at night on the side of my house, Davis, CA. I have lived there for decades and have never see it before. I placed a ruler next to it to show how large it was. A very heavy bodied hunter, not a web-builder.
Two Brown Garden Snails mating in my backyard. I've seen snails mating at this same spot several times.
An adult Wild Turkey was walking down the street past my driveway. They have become very common in suburban Davis, CA.
Valley Oak Apple Galls along Putah Creek at UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, Solano County, CA.
I observed a Common Kingsnake sunning along the edge of the path between the golf course and a agricultural buffer next to a slough.
One Gulf Fritillary was feeding on my orange Lantana. This has been a boom year for Gulf Fritillary's in Davis, CA
I think it is a California Mantid (Stagmomantis californica) she was possibly near time to lay her egg case as she was very fat.