They were nectaring on marsh goldenbush(Isocoma menziesii). There were about 5.
I saw this dragonfly on the west side of Franklin Creek on the south side of the bridge near the water then it flew over and landed on shrubery on the east side of the creek adjacent to the trail. The wings did not have much color, but its abdomine has red stripes. It was an average size for a dragonfly.
I was talking to a group of adults sitting in the amphitheater of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, when a little six inch, yellow and brown kingsnake slithered across the middle level of seating. What a lovely way to show how our restoration brought more habitat for the local wildlife.
No picture. This was a large three foot snake that was in grass on the side of one of the channels of the marsh. We had a group of school children pulling weeds when the snake decided to move away from us.
Forgot my camera. This snake is slow. I had to touch it on the tail to get it to go all the way off the trail. The temperature was in the high 60's so I would have thought it wouldn't be that sluggish, but... It's smaller(about 2 feet) than the last kingsnake I saw at the Bluffs. It is yellow and brown but doesn't have smooth rings near the tail. One looks like a Spanish question mark.
I saw him crossing the main trail going to the seal overlook. He moved quickly into the brush.
We were walking up the new road in the Rancho Monte Alegre development along upper Santa Monica Creek and found it dead on its back in the road. When we turned it over there was fresh blood on the road. We passed some walkers with a dog, so the dog might have killed it.
Large Buteo flew over river, scared waterfowl, and proceeded to perch on a large tree for over 20 minutes.
My ID skills with hawks isn't the greatest so any feedback would be welcome