A probably juvenile cormorant. Double-crested are most common at the lake. Was hanging around the field station yesterday in a way that suggested it was habituated to humans. Or maybe sick. Not around today so hopefully it joined the others at the lake.
right in the creek bottom
my first bloom of the season.
Eastern shoreline. 2 males, 2 females
On the edge of chaparral along the fire road. Heard before seen
Tracks in a sandy area just above the willows. Noted at least a dozen or more tracks.
Low hanging oak branch with nesting site low to the ground. I shook the branch and the woodrat came scampering out into the lower branches and froze, hoping I couldn't see it.
first of the season. Unusually dry for this time of year. last big rain was December of 2012, a year ago. Less than 4" since then.
We were up in the sandstone rock area, first finding a scrape from several days before and then this recent mass of scat at the base of a Mimulus plant. About the size of both my hands together; very fresh and damp but not steaming. Likely from early that morning. Should have touched it to test for warmth, since I had no thermometer. Photos: Dan Quinn
Very large clumps just below the dam. On dead either alder or cottonwood
Saucer Gall Wasp
FLOOD ZONE OF THE LAKE.
looks like some kind of thistle or seed puff.
Photo of a badger from one of my camera traps. Prior to this summer, I have never had a picture of a badger. This is the second visit of what I assume is the same badger in about a month. Better picture this time.
I've asked some of our long-time docents if they'd ever seen a badger here and none had, so maybe this is an exciting comeback story. Badgers are an important predator of California ground squirrels, which seem to be increasing in numbers here.
2m shrub by searsville lakd
6m tree. Old flowers. Leaves in sun turning brown and dropping