I did not notice this bird until editing photos. Terrible pic, but was observed with previously posted female Finch. I think this is a Cassin's.
Interesting to see the variation in petal count between the two flowers.
These are always the first flowers to bloom. I actually saw one last month. So early this year.
Tracks observed after a storm. Numerous piles of scat along old fire road that runs parallel to a riparian zone. Tracks are half the size of coyote and evenly spaced.
I have not observed any foxes in the area, but they must be around.
This a seedling planted by my daughters 5th grade 6th grade class almost three years ago. I thought they would be bigger by now but at least they are alive. I found several in the area. I guess that initially their energy goes into developing their root system. Any thoughts?
Photographed from a great distance.
Observed with a male. The first I've seen at Boca for 2014.
Male and female pair observed. These are the first I've seen at this location this year.
With a pair of ravens observed on opposite side of reservoir in the morning.
Note the location appears in the water because the water levels are dropped now.
Female in treetop at first light with male nearby.
Male in treetop at first light.
It appears there is a pair in this snag photographed from a significant distance. One eagle was vocalizing.
One of two Blue Herons observed.
So disheartening to see the fishing line this bird's leg appears to be tangled in. Fortunately he seems to be able to fly. I did not see the fishing line until I cropped and zoomed the photo. One of several.
This is the first I've observed around the Boca Reservoir area.
Note the three toes.
Size reference, my size 12 + Sorel track in the snow.
Can anyone tell if this is a mouse or other rodent?
Tracks are 90 cm apart.
Intermingled P. ponderosa and P. jefferyii.
When young, very hard to tell apart.
What an interesting trunk.
"Christmas" 128 cm tall,
growing in dense, low, C. velutinus and sparse Arctostaphylos.
A very tiny plant, photographed at Sagehen Creek field station, Univ. of California. I did not see it in the field, only later in the picture. The plant of interest is the tiny one with leaf hairs, positioned behind the sundew.
Location is approximate, pulled from the map.
22 birds counted out in the middle of the reservoir. Tough pic. They were so far away, I could not get a good ID, but maybe others can help.
Large numbers of Tundra Swans are being seen at Pyramid and Washoe Lakes.
Diameter greater then 1.5 meters
A couple days old. 11 cm wide at the toes.
Very fresh, less then 2 hours I'd guess, fine detail visible in the pads. I'm guessing this is the bear I saw a couple days ago, same foraging area and the size of the tracks correspond. The compass base is 10 cm long.