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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

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anita363

Date

April 8, 2018 01:13 PM EDT

Description

ID help needed. Was thinking coyote, but fox seems in the possible size range, & would be more likely here. Not much but contiguous suburbs for miles in any direction, except maybe the Rutgers Ecological Preserve -- 425 acres, 2nd-growth woods, ~2 km away.

This appeared in my backyard, in a spot I had just planted with grass seed. We've had a colony of feral cats around here lately, & within hours of when I dug up the ground to plant the grass seed they used it as a litterbox. So I Cuisinarted some grapefruit shells & scattered that on top. Worked like a charm; no more cat damage. But this appeared ~2 days later. It was sitting on top rather than dug in like a cat's, & looks way too big for a domestic cat to me (and the wrong texture). Have certainly not seen or heard about any stray dogs skulking around living on squirrel or deer. Would a canid be inclined to 'mark' a spot where it smelled cat scat?

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Southern Polypody Polypodium cambricum

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 12:40 PM EST

Description

Rock of Gibraltar

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Friar's Cowl Arisarum simorrhinum

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 12:42 PM EST

Description

Rock of Gibraltar; native

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Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 01:06 PM EST

Description

Gibraltar; nonnative

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Creeping Groundsel Senecio angulatus

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 12:54 PM EST

Description

Gibraltar; nonnative

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Barbary Macaque Macaca sylvanus

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 10:57 AM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

We took the cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. It's big -- 1300', 400 m. We were greeted by the resident Barbary macaques (believed to have been introduced from North Africa). It was pretty disturbing: notwithstanding the signs threatening fines of 4000 euros for feeding the monkeys, a major source of food nowadays seems to be tourists, both wittingly and otherwise. In addition to numerous people feeding them and trying to pet them(!), we watched the troop abscond with somebody's bag and expertly extract the edibles.

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Barbary Macaque Macaca sylvanus

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 10:57 AM EST

Place

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Description

This is the alpha male. He took up a watchful post outside the feeding frenzy, clearly ready for trouble.

We took the cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. It's big -- 1300', 400 m. We were greeted by the resident Barbary macaques (believed to have been introduced from North Africa). It was pretty disturbing: notwithstanding the signs threatening fines of 4000 euros for feeding the monkeys, a major source of food nowadays seems to be tourists, both wittingly and otherwise. In addition to numerous people feeding them and trying to pet them(!), we watched the troop abscond with somebody's bag and expertly extract the edibles.

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Barbary Macaque Macaca sylvanus

Observer

anita363

Date

March 1, 2018 07:51 PM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

We took the cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. It's big -- 1300', 400 m. We were greeted by the resident Barbary macaques (believed to have been introduced from North Africa). It was pretty disturbing: notwithstanding the signs threatening fines of 4000 euros for feeding the monkeys, a major source of food nowadays seems to be tourists, both wittingly and otherwise. In addition to numerous people feeding them and trying to pet them(!), we watched the troop abscond with somebody's bag and expertly extract the edibles.

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Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 11:13 AM EST

Description

The wild, native counterpart of a garden favorite.

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Paperwhite Narcissus papyraceus

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 12:46 PM EST

Description

Native wild plant here

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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

Observer

anita363

Date

December 21, 2017 11:25 AM EST

Description

ID help needed.Gibraltar, ~300 m.

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Olive Olea europaea

Observer

anita363

Date

December 20, 2017 03:05 PM EST

Description

Olea europaea, ancestor of the domestic olive.

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Observer

anita363

Date

December 20, 2017 03:43 PM EST

Description

Ulex europaeus. A weed in some parts of the world, but native to western Europe, including Spain, and seen here in native maquis scrubland.

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Phoenicean Juniper Juniperus phoenicea

Observer

anita363

Date

December 20, 2017 03:38 PM EST

Description

Cupressus sempervirens is believed to have been spread around the Mediterranean basin by humans from a more restricted range in the eastern Mediterranean. It is growing here in mountainous maquis scrubland.

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Mastic Pistacia lentiscus

Observer

anita363

Date

December 20, 2017 03:02 PM EST

Description

Maquis habitat, December, 700 m, Parque natural de la Sierra de Grazalema, Andalucía, Spain.

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Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus

Observer

anita363

Date

December 20, 2017 02:45 PM EST

Description

This site wasn't even on our radar, but a young couple from Britain whom we met at dinner the previous night clued us in. A beautiful drive up into the mountains and an easy half-mile hike takes you to a nesting colony, where dozens of birds wheel in display flights. They are enormous -- 2.5 m (9 ft) wingspan.

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Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus

Observer

anita363

Date

December 20, 2017 02:58 PM EST

Description

This site wasn't even on our radar, but a young couple from Britain whom we met at dinner the previous night clued us in. A beautiful drive up into the mountains and an easy half-mile hike takes you to a nesting colony, where dozens of birds wheel in display flights. They are enormous -- 2.5 m (9 ft) wingspan.

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Hooded Rosette Lichen Physcia adscendens

Observer

anita363

Date

December 19, 2017 02:56 PM EST
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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

Observer

anita363

Date

December 19, 2017 03:10 PM EST

Description

Think I've got the yellow one; seeking ID on the white one. Lecanora?

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Pin-cushion Sunburst Lichen Polycauliona polycarpa

Observer

anita363

Date

December 19, 2017 02:56 PM EST

Description

Karst mountaintop (1200 m), Andalucia, Spain.

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anita363

Date

December 19, 2017 03:10 PM EST

Description

Karst mountaintop (1200 m), Andalucia, Spain.

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anita363

Date

September 28, 2017 10:57 PM EDT

Description

4.2 mm

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Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor

Observer

anita363

Date

December 17, 2017 09:20 AM EST

Description

Life bird. Abundant, seen many other places, but this was the first.

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White Wagtail (Nominate) Motacilla alba ssp. alba

Observer

anita363

Date

December 17, 2017 02:26 PM EST

Description

Not the most pristine habitat, but I like how the bird matches the pavement! White Wagtail, Madinat al-Zahra parking lot. We were actually here to see a Moorish palace, but missed the last bus of the day by 5 min. Hours given in the guidebooks are USELESS in Spain, particularly in the off season. But at least I got the bird!

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Joshua Tree Yucca brevifolia

Observer

anita363

Date

May 1, 1998

Description

Found this hidden gem thru a tip on a wildflower hotline site. Not sure exactly where it was -- somewhere near the Poppy Reserve, but south of the main road down in a little hollow nestled up against the foothills. Have been poring over Google Maps trying to find an arroyo & Joshua trees that match, but no luck.

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