A Raccoon skull found in the Julie Partansky Pond (North Area Drainage Basin).
A tolerant snipe.
Unfortunately it wouldn't come off the wire.
A Juv. that should be gone by now.
First pipit of the season. For the record junky pic given it is an early arrival.
Jim Estep, Chris Alford, and I found this elderberry shrub in an unlikely location (disturbed alkali grassland). We determined that it was likely relocated to this location as VELB mitigation.
Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea
Kind enough to come within 10 feet for a nice detailed pic.
Two different lizards in different locations. The second pic isn't a very good one, but thought it a bit humorous since that bee sitting on it's leg was irritating it.
I observed this female Common Green Darner on my front screen door about 07:00am. It stayed until after 10:30am.
Looks to be a Juv or female Rufous or Allen's Hummingbird. It has also been suggested it is a Black-chinned. I cannot say with certainty either way.
1) Fanned tail
2) Pic 1 with a fill flash filter applied and tighter crop
3) Close up of fanned tail from Pic 2
Not a very good pic, but a little humorous. A Snowy Egret sharing a log with a Red-eared Slider. The Egret kept looking at the Slider until it finally left.
Milkweed (Monarch) Butterfly sharing a flower with a honey bee.
Took a quick pic of this dragonfly that landed in front of me.
Passing through. Just happened to stop briefly in a tree right next to me while I was trying to get a pic of the willow flycatcher. Managed to get a couple of bad shots off before they bailed.
Didn't expect to find this in the area. No houses for miles, but there it was looking intently into the weeds. With the number of predators at this wildlife area I wouldn't expect this cat to last long.
Long range pic of some Black-bellied Plovers hanging with Short-billed Dowitchers and a California Gull