tons of these on the road/trail n this and other areas
Counted ten of these along the road tonight. I know they got rain here yesterday so perhaps this got them hopping? Still very dry.
Dead young rattlesnake on fire road
Lots of digging evidence and a drug up paper wasp nest. Wiry hair at scene.
Destroyed, likely done by pig based on hair strands at scene
Smooth with berries approximately 3-5 inches in length, in scrub habitat
I wonder if this might actually be a domestic swan goose x domestic goose hybrid. Cornell and various places have photos of Canada goose x domestic swan goose & Canada goose x domestic goose hybrids (so by transitive property they can all interbreed?), and I found this Darwin quote from On the Origin of Species:
"The hybrids from the common and Chinese geese (A. cygnoides), species which are so different that they are generally ranked in distinct genera, have often bred in this country with either pure parent, and in one single instance they have bred inter se."
Footnote : The swan goose had been separated in the monotypic genus Cygnopsis (alternatively spelled Cycnopsis) by Johann Friedrich von Brandt in 1836, some 20 years before Darwin wrote this. Cygnopsis cygnoides essentially means "Swan lookalike", Cygnopsis signifying "looking like a swan" and cygnoides "similar to a swan". (--Wikipedia)
Large stand on serpentine.
On Sargent's cypress.
Hairy lvs abaxially. Serpentine
Edge of serpentine.