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What

Wishbone Bush Mirabilis laevis

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 06:05 AM PDT

Description

new shrub, at least does not seem like Mirabilis laevis.

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What

Mojave Cottonthorn Tetradymia stenolepis

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 06:22 AM PDT

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What

Stretchberry Forestiera pubescens

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 06:30 AM PDT

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What

Black Harvester Ant Veromessor pergandei

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 06:34 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 06:39 AM PDT

Description

These overnighting, stoned wasps in Phacelias blow me away.

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What

Scorpionweeds Genus Phacelia

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 06:39 AM PDT

Description

A late-blooming Phacelia

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What

Inyo Brickellbush Brickellia longifolia var. multiflora

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 06:48 AM PDT

Description

New Asteraceous shrub!

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What

Parry's Wirelettuce Stephanomeria parryi

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 08:05 AM PDT

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Square

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 07:07 AM HST

Description

well within subspecies distribution

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Square

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 07:40 AM HST

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Square

What

Common Raven Corvus corax

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 10:29 AM HST

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Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 10:36 AM HST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

mccreedy

Date

May 15, 2019 10:42 AM HST

Description

Nesting well within subspecies range. 4 young at least 12 days old, ready to fledge. I love this observation because they are nesting in a dying, cultivated Parkinsonia florida, as a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher would. This is outside the BTGN distribution.

From the Birds of North America species account:

Seven subspecies, following Phillips (1991), although the validity of two new subspecies coined by him ought to be verified by additional sampling and a comprehensive review of fresh specimens.

P. c. obscura Ridgway, 1883. Includes P. c. amoenissima Grinnell, 1926, and P. c. gracilis van Rossem, 1945. Breeds in the w. United States and nw. Mexico, including on the Baja California peninsula [type locality = San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur]; winters from s. California and nw. Mexico south to the w. and central Transvolcanic Belt (Phillips 1991). Dorsum pale bluish gray; ventrum whitish; outer rectrices extensively white distally but black basally; large (wing > 49 mm, tail > 48 mm).

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