Today I observed a single quail running across the road. It was brownish on back, sides and tail; grayish on back of head, neck and around neck. There is a streak of gray with a white border running from under the tan-colored beak down the front and sides of the neck. The feather on top of head is dark gray and arches over the head toward the beak.
I sat at the picnic table with a sandwich in hand. Four pigeons flew in and landed on the table, about 2' from me.
Each pigeon appeared to be an adult. Appearance: head, neck solid, dark gray; body, lighter gray; wings three stripes (dark/light/dark) from front edge to back edge of wing; tail same shade of dark gray as head/neck, with some white.
One pigeon repeatedly tried to take the sandwich out of my hand or get into my lunchbox, and flew away when I waved my hand and said "Get away!"
This is the first time I have experienced such close-up, aggressive behavior from a pigeon!
I observed four separate groups of pelicans flying in lines, one behind another.
Group one had six birds; group two had eight; group three had thirteen; group four had four pelicans.
The birds were flying north to south, over the surf line, adjacent to the beach.
Description: yellowish-tan with whitish stripe behind beak; stripe runs down neck from top to bottom; body grayish-brown.
Four California ground squirrels were running out from the rocks on the edge of the parking spot overlooking the small beach and surf below.
One chewed on iceplant; another approached my car; two others stood on hind legs and observed the beach area and seagulls.
The Turkey vulture was sitting on a post in a fenced field, about 75 feet from the road. The field contained cows, horses and other birds.
The bird was looking around.
It was an adult, with tan -colored beak. Its head was red and appeared to be skin with no feathers or hair. The body was blackish-gray. The feathers looked blackish-gray, with the outer feathers arranged in paralel rows of lighter gray. Tailfeathers appeared blackish-gray.
The fox was a young adult. It was grayish-white-tan in fairly uniform color all over its body and its head. It had darkish-gray or black areas around its eyes and on its snout.
It was sitting in the outside columnbarium garden, in the southwest corner of the church.
The fox remained in position until I walked to within aprx. 20 feet, then it ran away. It acted alert, wary but unafraid.
I was sitting on a bench adjacent the raised gravel pathway at the east end of the complex. The coyote ran by, aprx. 75 feet away. It ran from left to right, across a chapparel type unwooded area to a wooded area.
The coyote was an adult. It was light gray all over, with whitish-gray on bottom of neck and belly.
It did not appear to see me and seemed unafraid.
At aprx. 11:00 p.m. on three consecutive nights, howling of coyotes could be heard.
The sound appeared to be made by at least three to four coyotes howling. The sound seemed to come from the wooded area (aprx. 100 feet) behind my condo.
At times, the howling was in unison; at other times, single coyotes howled.
I was walking west on the raised gravel pathway at aprx. 3:00 p.m.
The bobcat was crouched down in a chapparal area, about 30 feet from the pathway. It later stood, looked at me, then ran away.
The body was tannish color, with whitish-tan areas on its face, belly and rump. It had large ears and a very short tail.
The wasp was caught between the screen door and the sliding glass door to my patio. I freed it. It flew off.
The was was aprx. .5 inch long. It had a black head and upper body. The wasp had black and yellow stripes around the width of the abdomen
The wasp nest is hanging between the rafters of the overhang over the patio.
It is aprx. five inches long by five inches wide and tapers slightly. The entrance hole is aprx. 3/4 inch in diameter.
The nest appears to be made of paper strips. It is grayish-white in color.
No wasps have been seen going into, coming out of or around the nest at this time.
Funnel webs are built by spiders of the family Agelenidae.
The web is aprx. four inches wide by six inches long. It is hanging against the wooden fence and is built between two paralel raised boards of the fence near the top.
I observed a housefly caught in the web. An adult spider crawled over to the fly, captured it, and dragged it back to its hiding place under a horizontal board at the top of the fence.
Spikey leaves with stickers. Small yellow blooms on a stem that seems to be uncurling like the neck of a fiddle. Flowers are yellow and trumpet shaped with orange in the center. About 2-3 flowers on each fiddle neck. There are stickers on the fiddle neck.
Small smooth spherical golden brown fungus growing on a pine.
Hollow and white inside. Very faintly smells like a store-bought white button mushroom.
I have observed this turkey tail growing on a fallen tree for several months. The color has faded somewhat and appears more greenish now. The second photo is the underside of a small piece of the turkey tail. The pores appear white.
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