Photos / Sounds

What

Scorpions Order Scorpiones

Observer

dominicrivetti

Date

July 27, 2014

Place

38.4473..., -122.64... (Google, OSM)

Description

Small scorpions found underneath large rocks in dry grassy area. Temp around 82 degrees fahrenheit.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

California Quail Callipepla californica

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Description

juvenile

Photos / Sounds

What

Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

water smartweed Persicaria amphibia

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Pacific forktail Ischnura cervula

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Description

male

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Description

female.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Description

male, cooing.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Chicory Cichorium intybus

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

California Quail Callipepla californica

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii

Observer

dave-barry

Date

July 2, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Description

With fledgling.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Punctelia bolliana

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

June 22, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This foliose lichen was seen growing on a living Black oak limb. Lobes were easily detached from this truly three-dimensional specimen, whose height above the branch substrate extended at least fifteen mm.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

June 22, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This juvenile ground squirrel was seen in the context of a sizable colony with dozens of apertures into the soil and rock environment. It is busy dining, and allowed me to approach within three meters, unflinching.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

California Bay Umbellularia californica

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

June 22, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This young California bay tree is about five meters tall, and is likely about eighteen years old. It is seen in a mixed oak-bay woodland along the trail.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Family Parmeliaceae

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

June 22, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen off the Spring Creek Trail growing on Quercus kelloggii. Lobes are easily lifted and found to be brownish on the underside.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Melica harfordii

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

June 6, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This Melic grass was seen as a single specimen near the southern shore of Lake Ralphine.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Wrinkle Lichens Genus Tuckermannopsis

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

June 6, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This foliose lichen was seen on the trunk of a living oak tree, not too distant from the shore of Lake Ralphine.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leprocaulon microscopicum

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

June 6, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This lichen was seen on living Quercus garryana. The patch size is about five by seven cm.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Xanthoparmelia ferruma

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 23, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This lichen was seen growing on a large rock not far from a main trail, at the edge of a mixed oak woodland.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Bitter Wart Lichen (Pertusaria amara) Pertusaria amara

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 23, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This crustose lichen was seen growing on a living oak tree at the edge of a mixed oak woodland. The organism is quite thin and has the texture of extremely fine sandpaper. It is whitish grey in colour.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

Mosses, Hornworts, and Liverworts Phylum Bryophyta

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 23, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This moss was observed growing on the trunk of a living Quercus kelloggii. Individual fronds of this moss (Image 2) are approximately sixteen mm long from tip to tip.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Platismatia tuckermanii

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 23, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This foliose lichen was seen on a living Quercus kelloggii trunk near the forest edge.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Genus Camponotus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

The subject of this image is the ant crawling within the blossom of the Calystegia occidentalis.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in flight and resting on a Malva plant along the rough trail to the peninsula.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

Salix babylonica

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This mature weeping willow was seen with roots in inundated soil. It is unlikely this specimen was cultivated due to its age predating the park and its considerable distance from any other landscaping features on the opposite side of Spring Lake.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Canada goose Branta canadensis

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Canada geese male and female escorting their brood.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

California Towhee Melozone crissalis

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen foraging on a dry ruderal area at the northeast of the lake.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

Salix lasiandra

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This mature willow, standing about eighteen meters high, is growing in the inundated soils west of the lakeshore trail. The lead image is of a branch cut by government maintenance workers. (Who says we dont have enough money for parks, when our government is paying people to massacre native plants?)

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow Flag Iris pseudacorus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

There are several stands of Yellow flag, a naturalized iris, around the western and northern edges of Spring Lake. This plant is growing in saturated soils, and it can also be found in inundated habitat here.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) Plantago lanceolata

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

A number of these plantains were seen along the western lake shoreline. Typical heights of these specimens ranged from 25 to 35 cm.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

Equisetum hyemale var. affine

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

A number of these Equisetum were seen growing in the mesic soils at shoreline edge. The tallest of these sinuous rushes is about eighty cm, but they are still growing.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

Wolffia arrhiza

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This aquatic plant is free floating and consists of ovate shaped to sub-globose fronds about one mm in size. This species, while not native to North America, is widely naturalized to freshwater systems. This plant coats a significant amount of the slackwater western shoreline of this freshwater lake.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Xanthomendoza montana

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This foliose orange lichen was seen on a twig of a living California bay tree. Apothecia were numerous with orange discs being about three mm in diameter.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

California buckeye Aesculus californica

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 14, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This California buckeye was seen not far from the eastern edge of Spring Lake. Flower spikes are now waning on this individual.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Dicots Class Magnoliopsida

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 12, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This erect herb stands about 35 cm high. Its leaves and stem have a very hirsute and rough feeling, although not prickly. The single yellow bloom of the minute flower was present.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Superfamily Pulicoidea

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 2, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This insect had a crawling as well as a hopping habit of locomotion. Its total body length was less than one mm.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Varied Rag Lichen Platismatia glauca

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 2, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This foliose lichen was observed growing on a living Quercus garryana trunk.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

vetch woolypod Vicia villosa ssp. varia

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

May 2, 2014

Place

Lake Ralphine (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen growing in a ruderal, grassy area not far from a main trail to Spring Lake. The flower spike is about four cm long, with individual florets around one cm in length. There are fourteen leaflets per leaf, which terminates in a tendril.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 22, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This ground squirrel is sitting at the entrance to his underground burrow, which he has carefully constructed over the last several years...probably passed down for generations.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Tricholoma imbricatum

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

A trio of mushrooms of the same taxon were seen growing on the leaf litter in this mixed oak woodland. Chief oak species here are Quercus agrifolia, Q. kelloggii and Q. garryana.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

California Polypody Polypodium californicum

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in an old rock quarry area. This specimen was only about twelve cm long in blade length.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Tricolored Blackbird Agelaius tricolor

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

This bird was seen terrestrially near the boat ramp area of Lake Ralphine.

Tags

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Lake Ralphine (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen scampering about in a rocky area near the southern shoreline of Lake Ralphine.

Photos / Sounds

What

Violet-Green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)