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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 11:27 AM PDT

Description

And then came lots of rain. 1.76 inches in Topanga as at this posting, slowly getting us out of “abnormally dry” into no draught territory.

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 11:25 AM PDT

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andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 11:09 AM PDT

Description

This moss looked a bit like Silvery Bryum, but the color was definitely off. I looked through the Bryum genus and found B. miniatum on iNat, with observations from the Pacific Northwest. Per https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_moss_treatment.pl?taxon=Bryum%20miniatum it’s also present in CA. @mossgeek, what do you think?

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Tomcat Clover Trifolium willdenovii

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 11:07 AM PDT

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Narrowleaf Goldenbush Ericameria linearifolia

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 11:05 AM PDT

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Seven-spotted Lady Beetle Coccinella septempunctata

Observer

andreacala

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April 5, 2020 10:52 AM PDT

Description

On Black Mustard.

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Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Observer

andreacala

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April 5, 2020 10:39 AM PDT

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Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Observer

andreacala

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April 5, 2020 10:37 AM PDT

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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 10:31 AM PDT

Description

On a Chilicothe leaf, with a very yellow face...

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Convergent Lady Beetle Hippodamia convergens

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 11:27 AM PDT

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Rose Clover Trifolium hirtum

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 10:08 AM PDT

Description

Growing in between Small Meliot.

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 10:09 AM PDT

Description

I heard them long before they broke through the clouds...

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Opium Poppy Papaver somniferum

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 09:51 AM PDT

Description

Opium Poppies, growing in a ditch behind a fence along Kanan Rd.

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Telegraphweed Heterotheca grandiflora

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 09:48 AM PDT

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Alfalfa Medicago sativa

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 09:46 AM PDT

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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 09:32 AM PDT

Description

Feeding on Black Locust.

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Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 09:32 AM PDT

Description

Quoting from https://www.cal-ipc.org/plants/profile/robinia-pseudoacacia-profile/, “Historically planted as a landscape tree, black locust has escaped cultivation and become invasive in California and elsewhere. (...) Through root sprouts and seedling establishment, black locust creates large stands that displace native vegetation. Its seeds, leaves, and bark are toxic to humans and livestock.”
From Wikipedia: “Horses that consume the plant show signs of anorexia, depression, incontinence, colic, weakness, and cardiac arrhythmia. Symptoms usually occur about 1 hour following consumption, and immediate veterinary attention is required.” There are lots of horse ranches in this spot along Kanan and Cornell Rd, and the stand of Black Locust is spreading out…

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Green Heron Butorides virescens

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 5, 2020 09:25 AM PDT

Description

Roadside observations on a cloudy and cold Sunday with very little traffic. All parks and trails in our area remain closed, and the popular trailheads were guarded by rangers on this Sunday. There was not a single car parked around Malibu Creek State Park, a first since Woolsey Fire days. Almost all areas that aren’t part of the State Park are parceled and fenced in, so unless one trespasses, road-siding is the only legal option. So far I find it interesting to take a close look at the areas I used to just drive through to get to a trailhead. And my very first peek through the roadside vegetation here was greatly rewarding: I spotted a breeding Green Heron.

Quoting from Wikipedia, “They nest in forest and swamp patches, over water or in plants near water. Nests are a platform of sticks, often in shrubs or trees. (…) The clutch is usually 2–6 pale green eggs, which are laid in 2-day intervals (though the second egg may be laid up to 6 days later than the first). After the last egg has been laid, both parents incubate for about 19–21 days until hatching, and feed the young birds. The young sometimes start to leave the nest at 16 days of age, but are not fully fledged and able to fend for themselves until 30–35 days old.”

Last pictures: as I continued along Kanan Road and then Cornell Rd, the percussionist who has played on Kanan every weekend for at least two years, kept drumming away, sometimes stopping to yell expletives about our nation/federal government. Another creature I know a little bit more about after my outing that Sunday, even from a distance. A Hawk on a power pole kept him company.

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California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 02:23 PM PDT

Description

California Scrub-Jay just after a bath in one of my improvised bird baths on my back deck. It could very well be the fledgling who bathed there last year, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27638854, one of three siblings who grew up around my house. Already as a youngster this individual LOVED to bathe. I have yet to see another Scrubby use the bird bath…

Stay at home with animals around the house makes it so much easier…. I’m offering a terracotta plant pot saucer for the small birds, and a soup dish for the larger birds. I’m cleaning and changing the water continuously during the day, five or more times. The Audubon's Warblers around my house are the most passionate bathers, especially when the water is fresh. Already when I’m cleaning the bird baths they show up and wait in the shrubs, and then bathe one after the other, several times a day.

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California Towhee Melozone crissalis

Observer

andreacala

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April 4, 2020 12:26 PM PDT

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Bagrada Bug Bagrada hilaris

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 12:20 PM PDT

Description

Another Bagrada Bug, on a Wild Radish leaf, about half a mile from the mating pair I saw that day, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41486792.

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Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 12:18 PM PDT

Description

As of this moment, this is the first 2020 Flame Skimmer observation posted on iNat Los Angeles County. The last one was from 11/03/2019. Glad they are back!

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Lorquin's Admiral Limenitis lorquini

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 12:13 PM PDT

Description

Mud puddling... One of at least three in the area.

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Cabbage White Pieris rapae

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 12:11 PM PDT

Description

Mud puddling...

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

andreacala

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April 4, 2020 12:08 PM PDT

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Common Ringlet Coenonympha tullia

Observer

andreacala

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April 4, 2020 12:02 PM PDT

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Bagrada Bug Bagrada hilaris

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 11:58 AM PDT

Description

Mating Bagrada Bugs on a Black Mustard… Native to Africa, they were first found in Los Angeles in June 2008, from where they spread throughout southern CA and into AZ. Meanwhile iNat has records as far north as Sacramento. https://cisr.ucr.edu/invasive-species/bagrada-bug

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Harlequin Bug Murgantia histrionica

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 11:57 AM PDT

Description

Found on a Black Mustard.

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Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 12:03 PM PDT

Description

Female feeding on Wild Radish.

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Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

Observer

andreacala

Date

April 4, 2020 11:39 AM PDT

Description

About 150cm long...

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