Earliest one I've ever seen in bloom...
lots of dungeness crabs washed up on Stinson beach today - this one was alive, albeit being pecked apart by seagulls
Fisherman from crabbing three bait from shore
Took my brother down to the bridge for my B-Day
One of a couple who were industriously digging in the mud for tasty bits.
Rob hill eucalyptus forest/dune edge habitat. Under dappled light. >6 individuals.
Unfortunately, I didn't spend much time checking this out. Here is all I remember:
pale green (about the same color as the Niebla lichen), looked like thick crusts on rock edges, some areas looked to have apothecia (?) (some with brown centers, others with just slightly darker green centers and light rims).....
a type of Lecanora (rim lichen)?
This is a place holder to remind me to go back soon.
very dense, bushy, with cylindrical branches, lots of black pycnidia on the tips
is this N. ceruchoides (clumping fog lichen)?
Stephen Skardvedt showed me and Lizzy the location originally. I went in the building for a meeting, and on coming back out, the nest was unoccupied, so I took a quick look and saw two eggs. I backed away, the female returned to incubate and I snapped the photo.
Known to be sitting on at least one egg :-)
At first, I thought I was seeing a Bluebird eating a Western Fence Lizard. Kept slapping it on the rock to kill it. But I read in Sibley's now they are Insectivores ( and some fruit) Good enough shot to speciate the grub. ( Now I'm just showing off :].....)
Female. See, one can
simultaneously Bird and Lichen hunt. She stands on a outcrop of Fog Lichens...
The gun turret is flooded and you have to wonder how they hall themselves out of it with 2 foot sheer cement siding. Gravid female taking a rest from the orgy below.
No doubt Armored. Came in an array of shapes this day. Last shot might be N. polymorpho?
I went back one week later and took some close-ups....
A. virgata? Marin Manzanita? Almost a different species on every hill above the Bay...