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Northern Pacific Tree Frog Pseudacris regilla

Observer

phill

Date

October 20, 2019 08:18 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

These frogs are so quiet this time of the year that I forget that they're around. Usually I see them around the fishpond but this one is way over by the side of the house on the side of the rain bucket.

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What

Spotted Tussock Moth Lophocampa maculata

Observer

phill

Date

October 14, 2019 10:30 AM PDT

Description

I've never seen this type of caterpillar around here before and the ID is only a guess.

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Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

Observer

phill

Date

August 19, 2019 12:44 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

phill

Date

September 2, 2019 01:45 PM PDT

Description

We don't usually see squirrels on our street but I suspect that this one was attracted by the ripening figs on the tree that it's contemplating.

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West Coast Lady Vanessa annabella

Observer

phill

Date

August 18, 2019 12:23 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I'm not seeing as many monarch butterflies in my backyard as I usually do so it was nice to see this smaller but very pretty butterfly,

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What

Sylvan Hairstreak Satyrium sylvinus

Observer

phill

Date

July 27, 2019 11:42 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

The spots in photo look yellow rather than the orange that the spots actually were. This is my best guess at the correct species. I hope that a butterfly expert can provide the correct identification.

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Pacific Common Seal Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii

Observer

phill

Date

May 14, 2019 03:06 PM PDT

Description

Around 80 adults and 5 pups on the beach today. The beach will reopen on June 1.

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Blue Dicks Dichelostemma capitatum

Observer

phill

Date

April 29, 2019 12:04 PM PDT

Description

One of the many species of flowers in bloom during this wet spring.

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Pacific Common Seal Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii

Observer

phill

Date

April 30, 2019 02:53 PM PDT

Description

Only a few of the pups are still small enough to be recognizable as pups and all of them are now weaned. Around 100 adults and 5 pups today. One dead seal on the other side of the pier.

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Greene's Dudleya Dudleya greenei

Observer

phill

Date

April 29, 2019 11:42 AM PDT

Description

These dudleya line the cliffs along the old ranch road leading up from Scorpion Ranch.

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Island Morning-Glory Calystegia macrostegia ssp. amplissima

Observer

phill

Date

April 29, 2019 11:32 AM PDT

Description

Due to the wet winter, this endemic species is blooming everywhere at the moment. I may not have named the correct sub-species

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Salsify Tragopogon porrifolius

Observer

phill

Date

April 29, 2019 11:25 AM PDT

Description

Common both in the area along the creek bed near the shore and up on the hills.

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What

Common Raven Corvus corax

Observer

phill

Date

April 29, 2019 11:17 AM PDT

Description

I only saw ravens on the island, no crows. I live on the other side of the SB Channel and we only have crows around us but no ravens.

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What

California Sea Lion Zalophus californianus

Observer

phill

Date

April 29, 2019 08:37 AM PDT

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Santa Cruz Island Fox Urocyon littoralis ssp. santacruzae

Observer

phill

Date

April 29, 2019 02:47 PM PDT

Description

I was concerned that I would't spot a island fox during my day trip to the island. I saw lots of scat and narrow trails leading off into the tall grass while hiking, but no foxes. I needn't have worried. Just settle down at one of the picnic tables near the visitor center, take out your lunch and the foxes will find you.

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What

Wapiti Cervus canadensis

Observer

phill

Date

April 12, 2019 10:12 AM PDT

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California Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis ssp. californicus

Observer

phill

Date

April 23, 2019 02:40 PM PDT

Description

There are easily a hundred pelicans on the beach in the seal rookery today.
In the first picture, the pelicans are perching on a concrete mound that covers a pipeline that is now concealed by sand. It, and two other pipelines were completely uncovered two months ago as can be seen in my February pictures. The natural movement of sand is quite dramatic from season to season.

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Pacific Common Seal Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii

Observer

phill

Date

April 23, 2019 02:38 PM PDT

Description

Approximately 100 adult seals and 8 pups today. Most of the pups are now so large that they can't be distinguished from the adults. There don't appear to be any unweaned pups left.
The cement mound on the far right of the picture near the pier marks where three seperate pipes are now buried by sand. As can be seen from my February photos, they were completely exposed not so long ago.

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Pacific Common Seal Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii

Observer

phill

Date

March 26, 2019 03:17 PM PDT

Description

The tide is higher than last week but it's very calm. The seals seem to enjoy lolling around in the low waves breaking on the sand. A lot of the pups are now weaned and are almost as big as their mothers but we estimate that there are around 28 pups and 85 adults on the beach at this shift.

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Pacific Common Seal Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii

Observer

phill

Date

March 19, 2019 02:27 PM PDT

Description

Approximately 80 adults and 25 pups are in the rookery today. The low tide and calms seas make for a much more pleasant environment for them. The mothers are taking the younger pups in and out of the water while the mothers of the older pups have started weaning them.

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What

California Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis ssp. californicus

Observer

phill

Date

March 12, 2019 03:06 PM PDT

Description

The 20 mph wind with 40 mph gusts is making life difficult for the birds at the seal rookery. Usually they are sunning themselves on the boulders but today they are hunkered down on the sand between the cliff and the boulders.

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Pacific Common Seal Phoca vitulina ssp. richardii

Observer

phill

Date

March 12, 2019 02:22 PM PDT

Description

20 mph wind with gusts up to 40 mph today. The high tide and rough water have kept the seals close to the base of the cliffs which may explain why they seem more irritable with each other today.
We did see what appeared to be two pups nursing from the same seal, something that isn't supposed to happen. Normally the mother will chase away the strange pup. I definitely saw it a few years ago but didn't get any pictures.
Approximately 24 pups & 75 adults today.

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Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

phill

Date

February 26, 2019 04:08 PM PST

Description

Approximately 10 seal pups and 60 adults on the beach today. It's a calm day and the mothers are keeping a lot of the pups out in the water swimming near the shore.

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Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

phill

Date

February 19, 2019 04:30 PM PST

Description

Pupping season is in full swing with around 10 pups on the beach along with 130 or so adults. The mothers are quick to get their young pups out into the water in spite of the pups' protests. After some initial skittishness, the seals have decided to ignore some workers repairing a cable near the pier.

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What

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Observer

phill

Date

February 12, 2019 04:19 PM PST

Description

There are usually great egrets, great blue herons or snowy egrets in the tide pools in the seal rookery

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Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

Observer

phill

Date

February 12, 2019 03:28 PM PST

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

phill

Date

February 12, 2019 04:16 PM PST

Description

There are always lots of vultures circling the seal rookery during the pupping season. In this case, it looks like they're eating a bird.

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California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum

Observer

phill

Date

February 12, 2019 03:58 PM PST

Description

Thrashers are fairly common along the Carpinteria Bluffs.

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Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

phill

Date

February 12, 2019 03:19 PM PST

Description

It's a blustery day at the seal rookery and only 60 adult seals are on the beach and in the tide pools. We finally have two healthy pups.

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What

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Observer

phill

Date

February 5, 2019 04:13 PM PST

Description

There are usually lots of birds in the seal rookery but so far this winter there aren't many around. Only a few gulls and a couple of cormorants today.

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