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Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus

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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

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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

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anita363

Date

December 19, 2017 02:56 PM EST
Fungi

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fungi and lichens Kingdom Fungi

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Grape Soda Lupine Lupinus excubitus

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anita363

Date

May 1, 1998

Description

Lupinus excubitus (tentative)

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Prickly Phlox Linanthus californicus

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anita363

Date

May 1, 1998

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orange bush monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus

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anita363

Date

May 1, 1998

Description

late April or early May

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goldenstar Bloomeria crocea

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anita363

Date

May 1, 1998

Description

late April or early May, sunny ridgetop

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coast morning glory Calystegia macrostegia

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anita363

Date

May 1, 1998

Description

late April or early May. sunny ridgetop.

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Showy Penstemon Penstemon spectabilis

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anita363

Date

May 1, 1998 12:00 AM EDT

Description

One of the less abundant wildflowers here. Late April or early May.

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slender wild oat Avena barbata

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anita363

Date

April 19, 1998

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California poppy Eschscholzia californica

Observer

anita363

Date

April 19, 1998

Description

From Sam Merrill Trail, Altadena

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Pipestem Clematis Clematis lasiantha

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anita363

Date

April 19, 1998 12:00 AM ADT

Description

Sam Merrill Trail, April 13–22

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longleaf bush lupine Lupinus longifolius

Observer

anita363

Date

April 19, 1998 12:00 AM ADT

Description

Sam Merrill Trail, April 13–22. Tentative ID; think I've narrowed it down with Calflora, but help needed. At least 9 leaflets, medium width; inflorescence at least 30 cm.

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California poppy Eschscholzia californica

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anita363

Date

April 19, 1998 12:00 AM ADT

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Woolly Indian Paintbrush Castilleja foliolosa

Observer

anita363

Date

April 19, 1998 12:00 AM ADT

Description

Sam Merrill Trail, April 13–22

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Emory's rock daisy Perityle emoryi

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anita363

Date

April 12, 1998 12:00 AM EDT
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