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What

Umber skipper Poanes melane

Observer

greenrosettas

Date

September 20, 2014

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What

Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

greenrosettas

Date

September 20, 2014

Description

The Friends of Leona Heights Park each year participates in the annual Coastal Clean Up by cleaning in and around Horseshoe Creek. There exists in the park an extensive graffiti wall that is always littered with used spray cans. This year I was the site coordinator for the event and after wrapping up I was doing a once over to make sure everything and everyone had been accounted for when I noticed this little guy. There are many cracks and crevices in the wall that the painters use and unfortunately for this little dude who calls those cracks and crevices home things don't bode so well. At first I thought it was a toy, but then I was astonished to see it scramble away from me when I went to pick it up. Not a pink elephant, but a pink blue belly, that's something you don't see everyday.

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What

Mediterranean House Gecko Hemidactylus turcicus

Observer

danjleavitt

Date

September 19, 2014 09:33 PM MDT

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What

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

September 19, 2014 06:37 PM EDT

Description

"I want THAT for dinner," said the immature House Sparrow!

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Square

What

Greater Antillean Grackle Quiscalus niger

Observer

fantasiasdiurnas

Date

September 4, 2014 08:38 AM GST

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Square

What

Rock Dove Columba livia

Observer

fantasiasdiurnas

Date

September 16, 2014 04:04 PM GST

Description

Colloquially known as paloma

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What

Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

cspnl

Date

September 13, 2014

Description

While standing on a wall, felt a tap on my foot, looked down to see a little face looking up at me.

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What

Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Observer

cspnl

Date

September 13, 2014 06:51 AM PDT

Description

Watching the sunrise?

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What

Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 27, 2014 12:02 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Found another one, mostly hidden under throw rug, about 8 feet from dog's indoor food and water. This one didn't have a complete tail, looked healed over. Put in baggie; took outside near oregano and released. He crawled under some of the bark mulch and eventually went under the oregano to join the one released there about 1/2 hour ago. For size reference, the print from 20 to s in Dis, is 1 3/8 inch. (approximate snout to vent-with bend in body). The word DATE on baggie is 1/2 inch.

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What

Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 27, 2014 11:32 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Much smaller than little one observed outdoors on cinderblock wall recently. Found near baseboards about 8 ft from door; caught in baggie; released outside and he went to hide under oregano where others have been found recently. For size reference, the word Date, is 1/2 inch, approximately his size from eye to elbow. 2 Calendar squares measure 3 1/8 inches. This lizard has a whole tail.

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Square

What

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

cspnl

Date

April 11, 2009 01:10 PM PDT

Description

Caught a gopher (rat, has a tail ?) on the lawn between the parking lot and lake.

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Square

What

Antlions, Lacewings and Allies Order Neuroptera

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 27, 2014 08:32 AM PDT

Description

Small insect resembling larva of ladybug, but not black and orange and a little smaller. Coloration faded out and blends in with the mildew (?) covering the spaghetti squash leaves. This insect seems to be eating the mildew, there are small patches of leaves free from mildew where the insect has been.
Monsoonal moisture may be the cause of squash vines in the area to be affected.
There are green lacewings in the pineapple sage nearby. I have seen the small green egg attached to a leaf by a thin stalk.

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Square

What

Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 27, 2014 07:37 AM PDT

Description

Perched on power line, overlooking fig and orange trees on nearby properties

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What

Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Observer

cspnl

Date

February 24, 2014 10:53 AM PST

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Square

What

Wrens Family Troglodytidae

Observer

cspnl

Date

January 24, 2014 11:11 AM PST

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Square

What

cedar waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

Observer

cspnl

Date

January 13, 2004 04:57 PM PST

Description

Found dead, likely window strike? Several (Live) seen on other occasion approximately 1/2 mile away, in Eastview Park.

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What

California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 1, 2014 10:37 AM PDT

Description

In ditch, then on lawn near nature center, eating grass. Family? One was heavier than others.

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What

Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 1, 2014 10:33 AM PDT

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What

mouse

Observer

cspnl

Date

August 2, 2014 12:27 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Near properties with fruit trees, ivy and brush, that are occasionally visited by outdoor cats, skunks, raccoons, opossums, and below power line equipment used as perches, by hawks. The location is between 2 habitat restoration areas approximately 1/2 mile away, Friendship Park and White Point Nature Preserve. The body is only about as thick as the mortar in the cinder block wall behind him, and the tray he's mostly under, is only 2 1/2 inches tall, for a size refernce.

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What

Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Observer

cspnl

Date

November 8, 2013 09:18 AM PST

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What

Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

cspnl

Date

July 20, 2014 04:08 PM PDT

Description

same individual seen earlier today, most likely. He left the crevice between wood fence and cinder block wall and moved vertically lower about 3 1/2 feet, East about 12 feet, went near the sage and tomatoes and zucchini, and it looks like he is exploring the space between the retaining wall bricks (sides are angled). I hope he finds a few slugs for dinner- and returns often! First pic shows his tail, second shows him from neck to tail, his head was hidden by the top of the wall cap.

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What

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

September 15, 2014 12:20 PM EDT

Description

A small family living in indoor plantings adjacent to the foodcourt. Smart birds!

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What

California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

September 12, 2014 11:56 AM PDT

Description

Lookin' oh so noble.

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Square

What

American crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

September 13, 2014 04:50 PM EDT

Description

Amidst the gathering gloom!

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What

Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

cspnl

Date

September 12, 2014 07:03 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Was watering the mint and he moved up onto the fence, then moved down to the gap between the wooden fence and block wall- right below his feet.
First photo shown for size reference, this individual is not real small, not adult. Cinder blocks are just under 8 inches high.

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What

Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana

Observer

cspnl

Date

September 10, 2014 11:20 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Opossum on top of board near top of wooden fence, for size comparison, 10 vertical boards is 22 inches (approximated length of animal, including tail). This is approximately 5 or 6 feet vertically higher than one seen in recent observation and the animal is facing North here. Went outside and used flash for this observation-alerted to presence by dog barking.

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What

Opossum Didelphis virginiana

Observer

cspnl

Date

September 1, 2014 03:49 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I'm not sure how well you can see this night shot. The dog woke us up, barking at the opossum on the wall, approximately 8 feet high. First photo, he's looking toward the camera. Second photo, he turned his head south (facing left) so we see his profile- to continue walking on the wall. Sorry the quality is so bad, that was with the porch light on, and I wasn't going outside with him to get a better photo.

captain_fantastica_malone Project curator ID

Didelphis virginiana

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What

Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus

Observer

cspnl

Date

September 10, 2014 07:03 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Probably the same mama and her 3 little ones, observed previously. The dog is good at noticing them on Wed, trash day.First photo is mama and one chick. Second photo, look closely at top landing between the railing and fence to see mama. The 3 little ones are following, still on the steps.

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Square

What

Rock Dove Columba livia

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

September 10, 2014

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What

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

September 9, 2014 06:19 PM EDT
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How do animals exist in and exploit urban areas and human created resources? We welcome all observations of animals in highly human-dominated landscapes, especially those where an animal has adapted to use a human created resource (e.g. birds nesting in buildings, racoons dumpster diving, or snakes sunning themselves on the road.) Please be descriptive of the observed behaviour and include ...more ↓

129-mini captain_fantastica_malone created this project on January 31, 2012
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