Young raccoon feeding on food left for feral cats, near the sign indicating that feeding is illegal. Raccoon was on the parking lot side of the fence and had no trouble climbing up the chain link fence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Found dead, likely window strike? Several (Live) seen on other occasion approximately 1/2 mile away, in Eastview Park.
In ditch, then on lawn near nature center, eating grass. Family? One was heavier than others.
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.
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.
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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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 pictures where possible.
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