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What

Four-Speckled Hoverfly Dioprosopa clavata

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 19, 2018 10:50 AM PDT

Description

Tiny little guy, not even 1/2 inch long, hovering all around the milkweed and occasionally landing (very briefly and curling abdomen to touch the leaf). Dainty wasp-like appearance.

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Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 17, 2018 06:25 PM PDT

Description

On a pomegranate.

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Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 17, 2018 01:35 PM PDT

Description

Tiny jumping spider, no more than 1/8” long, at most. Pivoting often. Jumped on my camera several times.

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What

Western Giant Swallowtail Papilio rumiko

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 17, 2018 01:58 PM PDT

Description

Flying around a small citrus tree. Not interested in nectar from the few flowers. It landed several times and curled its abdomen under as though it might be laying eggs.

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What

Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 17, 2018 09:40 AM PDT

Description

This is the squirrel who regularly crosses an asphalt street to visit a fruiting fig tree and pomegranate tree. It used the wood fence, as is typical, but there were 2 Eurasian doves already atop the fence. The squirrel paused then rushed at them (they scattered) and took a large leap from the birds’ former position into the fig tree. It froze there, watching me for a few minutes. Then hopped back on the fence, climbed down the front and moved across the sidewalk to a palm tree. It ascended the palm, nibbling a few places on the trunk, then disappeared into the crown.

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What

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 17, 2018 09:39 AM PDT

Description

A pair of doves perched atop a slatted wood fence. A squirrel drove them off the fence (separate observation) into adjacent trees. The Eurasians showed up about 3 weeks ago. I see and/or hear them nearly daily.

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What

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 16, 2018 08:07 AM PDT

Description

Two cormorants perched in a tree adjacent to the marina and creek.

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What

Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 15, 2018 10:53 PM PDT

Description

Young one on a fence. Perhaps a regular route as it willingly braved a courtyard of partygoers.

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What

Kidney-spotted Fairy Psyllobora renifer

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 14, 2018 11:34 AM PDT

Description

Two tiny ones. About the size of a pin head. On a squash leaf.

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What

Green Lacewings Family Chrysopidae

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 15, 2018 01:15 PM PDT

Description

So happy to see these eggs on my aphid-plagued milkweed. Pretty sure they’re green lacewings. There are egg clusters on two leaves, same plant.

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What

Cabbage White Pieris rapae

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 15, 2018 01:22 PM PDT

Description

This is a two-fer: cabbage white butterfly and long-legged fly. Butterfly flit from milkweed to arugula to squash then mint. There was another in the yard at the same time.

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What

Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 14, 2018 06:05 PM PDT

Description

Photos are in order. From the street, this squirrel contemplated visiting my fig. Opted to stay on the other side. Hid for a bit then made the crossing after some 5 minutes. Up on the fence to eat. Then into the tree before finishing the fig it had (so I shooshed it out of the tree). I swear, they nibble and move on. Rarely finish eating the whole fruit! (Fig or pomegranate).

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What

European Earwig Forficula auricularia

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 14, 2018 11:13 AM PDT

Description

I’m guessing European earwig. Laden with mites. Found in a compost pile with many other earwigs. This was the only one with mites though.

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What

Black Soldier Fly Hermetia illucens

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 14, 2018 09:55 AM PDT

Description

Larvae in the compost. Each roughly an inch long.

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What

Green Fig Beetle Cotinis mutabilis

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 14, 2018 11:15 AM PDT

Description

Found several such grubs in the compost pit. Saw many adults flying around the yard for at least 4 weeks prior to this observation. One adult buried itself in the grass clippings used to cover the pit.

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What

Woodlouse Spider Dysdera crocata

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 14, 2018 11:14 AM PDT

Description

Found in the compost area. Scooting away from me but not willing to drop the sow bug it’s munching on.

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What

Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona crucifera

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 13, 2018 08:38 PM PDT

Description

Evening & next-morning observation. Same spider without a doubt. I have been watching her for many weeks. She takes down her web before sunrise and then tucks her body up under the eave.

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What

California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 13, 2018 10:09 AM PDT

Description

The sun is casting a shadow on the tail which is not, in fact, striped.

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What

Spotted Orbweavers Genus Neoscona

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 10, 2018 09:13 PM PDT

Description

I’ve been watching this beauty since she spins just after sundown right outside a window. She went on a good week’s hiatus but is now back in the spinning game. And definitely looking bigger.

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What

Oleander Aphid Aphis nerii

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 12:19 PM PDT

Description

They like milkweed, apparently.

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What

House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 12:06 PM PDT

Description

LBJ - need help identifying. Solo.

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What

Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 12:04 PM PDT

Description

Hanging out in the same yard for at least 30 minutes, but not staying still for long. Following the flying insects.

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What

Allen's Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 01:07 PM PDT

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What

Guinea Paper Wasp Polistes exclamans

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 12:17 PM PDT

Description

Taking nectar from the milkweed flowers.

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What

Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 12:06 PM PDT

Description

This squirrel is a regular. It watches for me and I watch for it… Because it likes to eat my pomegranates and figs. I haven’t seen it on the powerlines in a very long time. The fence is its preferred path. This is one sighting as it travels on a few different fences.

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What

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 12:12 PM PDT

Description

On the rooftop eyeing a fig tree with ripe fruit.

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Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 08:35 AM PDT

Description

Small, slender moth. Folded wings curled together at the back. There’s a funny extension over its nose which looks like a protruding painter’s brush. This one was on fig tree netting and some spider silk. I saw the very same species yesterday on a citrus tree only 30 feet away.

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What

American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 11, 2018 12:07 PM PDT

Description

Two crows seemed attracted to something in an adjacent yard. After a few minutes, they moved into a shady conifer only a few feet away. One had his beak open. Hot day.

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What

Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 3, 2018 11:58 AM PDT

Description

This one squirrel routinely scouts the ground and brings fruit back to the fence top to eat. Then crosses the street.

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What

Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

September 10, 2018 02:18 PM PDT

Description

Male and female pair, foraging in decomposed granite under a fig tree.

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