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Botta's Pocket Gopher (Thomomys bottae)

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hkibak

Date

June 5, 2021 06:14 PM PDT

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White-Ray Coreocarpus (Coreocarpus parthenioides var. parthenioides)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

March 11, 2022 07:16 AM PST

Description

White-Ray Coreocarpus (Coreocarpus parthenioides var. parthenioides) Common, annual plant up to 50 cm tall. Leaves are opposite, with 1 - 2 pinnately divided leaves. The flower heads are radiate with yellow disc flowers in the middle surrounded by a variable number of white rays with distinctive rose-purple lines on the underside. These purple lines are not evident when looking down onto the white petals. Peak bloom time is in the spring months in northern BC and in the fall in the southern areas.

Baja California Plant Field Guide, Jon P. Rebman , Norman C. Roberts, 3rd. ed, 2012, pp. 136-137.

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Large Creosote Gall Midge (Asphondylia auripila)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

November 27, 2022 10:34 AM PST

Description

Large spherical Gall, almost the size of a golf ball, on Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata). The resinous spot is Exuviae (the molt or cast off outer skin of a pupa).

Large Creosote Gall Midge (Asphondylia auripila) Creosote gall midges are a species of gall-inducing Flies "in the Asphondylia auripila group (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). Their life cycle begins when the female oviposits into the part of the plant which her species prefers, she inserts her egg along with a fungal spore from a mycangia (a small pocket to store fungal spores). A gall forms and the fungal mycelium grows to line the inside of the gall, when the egg hatches the developing larva feeds upon the fungus. Adult emergence is timed with periods of plant growth associated with winter, spring, or summer rain fall." https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/343241-Asphondylia-auripila

BugGuide https://bugguide.net/index.php?q=search&keys=Asphondylia+auripila&edit%5Btype%5D%5Bbgimage%5D=on

18 species of Galls on Creosote Bush are listed as options on Gallformers website as of (11/29/23): https://www.gallformers.org/id?hostOrTaxon=Larrea+tridentata&type=host&detachable=&alignment=&cells=&color=&locations=&season=&shape=&textures=&walls=&form=&undescribed=false
Per Steve Jones: "Of the 18 galling critters affecting creosote bush at Gallformers, 16 of them are in the genus Asphondylia; one Asphondylia species has not been named (Asphondylia l-tridentata-scimitar-leaf-gall). The other two are Contarinia l-tridentata-clasping-leaf-gall and Tachardiella larreae (arguably not a gall - tissue is produced by the scale insect, not the plant).
AFAIK all of the Asphondylia species should have exuviae that can be left behind in the gall; I think they all mature in the gall rather than dropping to the soil to mature. I've found them on a number of galls."
More info available at INaturalist Project-- Creosote Bush Galls: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/creosote-bush-galls

Exuviae is the molt or cast off outer skin of a pupa. Oddly enough the midge larva in several of these Asphondylia gall formers pupate in their exit hole, and after metamorphosis or even just overwintering, the adult emerges to fly away.
Here are a few others with remnant exuviae:
Asphondylia pila : https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13029709
Asphondylia resinosa: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13066192
Asphondylia discalis: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13100364
Asphondylia apicata: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70794493
Asphondylia rosetta https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/192569803
Here's one where the midge hasn't exited or left yet https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/147802786, so it's a Pupa.
Here's one where the adult has exited so it's an Exuviae https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/156913910

Book: The Asphondylia (Cecidomyiidae: Diptera) of Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) in North America

Identify Galls by name or by host plant https://www.gallformers.org/id

Gallformers: What is a Gall? https://www.gallformers.org/
"Plant galls are abnormal growths of plant tissues, similar to tumors or warts in animals, that have an external cause--such as an insect, mite, nematode, virus, fungus, bacterium, or even another plant species. Growths caused by genetic mutations are not galls. Nor are lerps and other constructions on a plant that do not contain plant tissue. Plant galls are often complex structures that allow the insect or mite that caused the gall to be identified even if that insect or mite is not visible."

INaturalist Project, Galls of California https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/galls-of-california

Journal: by Nancy Asquith https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/galls-of-california/journal/44203-where-to-learn-more-about-galls

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Goldenbush Bud Gall Midge (Prodiplosis falcata)

Observer

hkibak

Date

May 4, 2023 11:18 AM PDT

Description

This is the second of three types of "gall" on a single Ericameria ericoides bush (California Goldenbush):

A. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/159784180 This apparently undescribed gall seems to consist of five plate-like bracts much wider than a typical leaf but approximately the same length.

B. (this one) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/159784447 Prodiplosis falcata (Goldenbush Bud Gall Midge)

C. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/159784834 In this case the terminal leaves are bound together to form a chamber for the larva. If you pick one apart you will find a caterpillar and a bunch of frass. Several people have made an observation of this gall and based on http://www.troplep.org/OCR%202001%20Holaritc%20Vol.%208%20Sup.%201%20Powell%20&%20Povolny.pdf (see p. 8 of publication, 12 of PDF) it is thought perhaps to be Gnorimoschema ericameriae in the Family Gelechioidea.
See also:

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Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)

Observer

yerbasanta

Date

September 3, 2023 10:49 AM PDT

Description

Oddly fused trunk (inosculated!) with burl sprout.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inosculation

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Chaparral Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis ssp. consanguinea)

Observer

jordanii

Date

October 7, 2023 12:55 PM PDT

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Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus)

Observer

billhubick

Date

October 25, 2023 08:41 AM PDT

Description

** Rare vagrant. Great find by Steve Tucker on 10/22 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S152839647).

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153069942

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House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

July 23, 2023 08:30 AM PDT

Description

Pair of House Wrens nesting deep in the throat of a Pterodactly sculpture.

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Slender Centaury (Centaurium tenuiflorum)

Observer

fredwatson

Date

August 16, 2023 06:31 PM PDT

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Southern and Eastern African Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus ssp. jubatus)

Observer

kathleenlryan

Date

August 1988

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Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)

Observer

kathleenlryan

Date

August 17, 1988

Description

Admiring the striking colors on this beautiful bird as it briefly perched on this twig.

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Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)

Observer

sphyrapicus

Date

June 3, 2023 02:20 PM PDT

Description

Bird on the left, which is an adult. (Immature on right was begging for food from the adult.)

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Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

Observer

kathleenlryan

Date

November 9, 2022 04:09 PM PST

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Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Observer

kathleenlryan

Date

February 25, 2021 11:50 AM PST

Description

"Decisions, decisions. Where should I put this acorn?" asked the Acorn Woodpecker. I watched her take this acorn out of one hole, and place it into another.

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Swan Tear (Lacrymaria olor)

Observer

izi_izi

Date

December 9, 2022 02:00 AM EST

Description

There were at least three active individuals of this species in the prepared slide.

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Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Date

June 15, 2017 02:41 PM PDT

Description

Leucistic!

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Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus ssp. oreganus)

Observer

mtillett

Date

May 15, 2023 01:05 PM PDT

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Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

Observer

sshigenaga

Date

May 8, 2023 07:52 AM HST

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Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)

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hkibak

Date

March 29, 2023 04:01 PM -12

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Desert Stout Anole (Anolis aridius)

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porlanaturaleza

Date

July 21, 2014 11:13 AM AST

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hkibak

Date

February 26, 2023 11:26 AM PST

Description

See notes https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/107933243

Anther tips not obtuse and anthers yellow-black.

Yellow patches at base of anthers.

Very interesting patch of Padre's Shooting Star restricted to a sunken circular area where it looks like two or three inches of soil was removed (See photos 5 & 6).

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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Observer

hkibak

Date

January 22, 2023 07:18 AM PST

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Soft Prairie Clover (Dalea mollissima)

Observer

lagoondon

Date

January 19, 2023 10:36 AM PST

Description

Unnamed canyon west of Clark Lake.
What are these things on the stem?

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Santa Rosa Mountains Leptosiphon (Leptosiphon floribundus ssp. hallii)

Observer

sharone

Date

May 2022

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Many-flowered Linanthus (Leptosiphon floribundus)

Observer

eogren

Date

November 12, 2021 12:50 PM UTC

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Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)

Observer

cbarrows

Date

December 16, 2022 11:34 AM PST

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Palm Springs Cryptantha (Cryptantha barbigera var. fergusoniae)

Observer

cae1

Date

December 4, 2016 02:20 PM PST

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Yadon's Wallflower (Erysimum menziesii ssp. yadonii)

Observer

yerbasanta

Date

July 2022

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filipptralala

Date

January 26, 2022 10:30 AM PST

Description

Pink flowers and hairy leaves

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Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus ssp. oreganus)

Observer

jennyjax

Date

October 15, 2022 11:18 AM PDT

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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Observer

hedgie7

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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Observer

sergiomtz

Date

November 7, 2020 10:11 AM -04

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Bandwing Grasshoppers (Subfamily Oedipodinae)

Observer

hkibak

Date

August 12, 2022 02:19 PM CST

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Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)

Observer

hoaryherper

Date

June 21, 1955 11:55 AM EDT

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Denseflower Rein Orchid (Platanthera elongata)

Observer

nelsoid

Date

August 20, 2018 11:22 AM PDT

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Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

Date

May 17, 2022 05:03 PM PDT

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White-margined Oxytheca (Sidotheca emarginata)

Observer

sshigenaga

Date

May 2022

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Lanceleaf Liveforever (Dudleya lanceolata)

Observer

fredwatson

Date

February 6, 2022 03:59 PM PST

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Clay Mariposa Lily (Calochortus argillosus)

Observer

passiflora4

Date

May 20, 2018 07:24 PM PDT

Description

Appears to be the southern form of Calochortus argillosus, 100 miles north of its recorded range of the San Luis Obispo vicinity.

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Coachella Desertsnail (Cahuillus indioensis)

Observer

sshigenaga

Date

May 2022

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American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

Observer

dloarie

Date

July 16, 2016 02:51 PM PDT

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American Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria ssp. flavivolvata)

Observer

montereymel

Date

January 1, 2021 09:45 AM UTC

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hkibak

Date

May 30, 2021 09:54 AM HST

Description

For once I got a clear view of the sinus appendages. For a view of the wide winged petiole see: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/107933538

Nice botany video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDaL02zJdTA&t=38s

https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=37885

  • Calyx sinus appendages 0; calyx not enclosing mature fruit ..... P. membranaceum
  • Calyx sinus appendages present; calyx enclosing mature fruit
  • - Petiole narrow-winged; style 1–3 mm; seeds 1–2 mm ..... P. racemosum
  • - Petiole wide-winged; style 4–8 mm; seeds 2–3 mm ..... P. auritum
  • - - Corolla < 10 mm wide ..... var. arizonicum
  • - - Corolla 10–30 mm wide ..... var. auritum

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Monterey Spineflower (Chorizanthe pungens var. pungens)

Observer

hkibak

Date

March 2022

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Footsteps of Spring (Sanicula arctopoides)

Observer

jennyjax

Date

January 31, 2022 09:02 AM PST

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Observer

hkibak

Date

February 15, 2022 05:49 PM PST

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Mealy Pixie Cup (Cladonia chlorophaea)

Observer

hkibak

Date

December 27, 2021 03:00 PM HST

Description

On wood, probably an old chamise burl as they are quite common in this maritime chaparral. Brodo's "Key to Lichens of North America" (2016) takes this observation to one of four Cladonia, including C. chlorophaea before he goes chemical on me. As a side note, the "Lacking Fatty Acids" vs "Containing Fatty Acids" in this and other lichen keys rankles. As a biochemist I assert that there is no known life form without fatty acids. Perhaps they could amend it to "Fatty acids not detectable by our crude assays." But even that would be suspicious to me.

iNat pegs this as Cladonia chlorophaea, as does Sharnoff in his description of "C. chlorophaea* in "Field Guide to California Lichens" (2014) on p. 160. The photo also matches this observation very well.

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Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)

Observer

truthseqr

Date

January 23, 2022 09:07 AM PST

Description

Recorded with Tascam DR-05X.
Edited with Audacity according to the recommendations in the following video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYqogvHYn28

High-pass Filter:
Frequency: 1000 Hz
Roll-off: 48 dB
Normalize Peak Amplitude: -3 dB
Silenced a few clicks.

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Desert Tobacco (Nicotiana obtusifolia)

Observer

hkibak

Date

January 26, 2022 07:22 AM HST

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Brittleleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos crustacea ssp. crustacea)

Observer

hkibak

Date

January 6, 2022 03:47 PM HST

Description

The burl could be prominent but maybe not... it was under a lot of leaf litter.
Here is the path I followed on Jepson (Keybase CW) to get to ssp. crustacea:

  • I did not see a burl, but the branches leading into the base suggested on (see photo #2 )
  • Leaves with stomata generally only abaxially, surfaces generally differing in color and/or hairiness
  • Old stem bark generally smooth or peeling, +- red {This gets it to A. crustacea}
  • Plant erect, not prostrate; burls at base of main stem; leaf blades oblong-ovate to lance-oblong;
  • Twig with short and long hairs
  • Leaf abaxially +- nonglandular-hairy, not densely hairy; in age glabrous

Comments/disputes welcome as always!

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Kikuyu Grass (Cenchrus clandestinus)

Observer

fredwatson

Date

November 4, 2021 01:04 PM PDT

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Warrior's Plume (Pedicularis densiflora)

Observer

hkibak

Date

March 13, 2021 04:44 PM HST

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Sunburst Anemone (Anthopleura sola)

Observer

scsurflady

Date

January 1, 2022 02:57 PM PST

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Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

Observer

zabbey

Date

December 1, 2021 12:31 PM PST

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Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus)

Observer

hkibak

Date

December 28, 2021 01:42 PM HST

Description

I observed this mushroom on December 8th, three weeks ago ( https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/102822427 ) and decided to come back to see how it was getting along. Fortunately no one had disturbed it despite being in the center of a soccer field.

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Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

Observer

theneenbeen

Date

April 2021

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Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)

Observer

zabbey

Date

June 27, 2021 09:42 AM PDT

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Mask Limpet (Lottia persona)

Observer

jeffgoddard

Date

January 1, 1990

Description

Collected in early 1990s. 4th image shows "windows" in shell arranged in two lateral rays. Animal is largely nocturnal, and avoids bright light by sensing light levels in part through these translucent areas.

Go out at dawn, and you'll see these limpets out in the open on rocks (as 1st image here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26303620); have a look at the same rocks after sunrise, and they will all be largely out of sight, tucked into crevices, or underneath overhangs, etc. (see 2nd image here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26303620)

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California Newt (Taricha torosa)

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samrawlins

Date

December 5, 2021 07:05 AM PST

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Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla)

Observer

mushroomshindig

Date

November 4, 2021 10:29 PM PDT

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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Observer

hkibak

Date

October 21, 2021 10:04 AM HST

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Coyote (Canis latrans)

Observer

hkibak

Date

November 2, 2021 10:48 AM HST

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Santa Lucia Phacelia (Phacelia grisea)

Observer

scsurflady

Date

July 3, 2021 11:05 AM PDT

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Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii ssp. xanthoptica)

Observer

damontighe

Date

October 21, 2021 12:28 AM PDT

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Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus ssp. molossus)

Observer

finatic

Date

August 24, 2021 11:15 AM PDT

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Snowy Plover (Anarhynchus nivosus)

Observer

hkibak

Date

May 2021

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Scudder's Bush Katydids (Genus Scudderia)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

August 20, 2021 11:16 AM PDT

Description

Katydids (family Tettigoniidae) are also called longhorned grasshoppers. The nine species of Scudderia are the bush katydids. Males have distinctive tail plates that can be used to identify the species. All species lay their eggs between layers of leaves.
Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Eaton and Kaufman, 2006, p. 76-77.

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Western Skink (Plestiodon skiltonianus)

Observer

hkibak

Date

August 21, 2021 12:38 PM PDT

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Elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata)

Observer

georgewilliams1

Date

May 18, 2021 09:49 AM PDT

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Santiago Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus ssp. wikelskii)

Observer

muddygirl

Date

January 2019

Place

Missing Location

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Observer

mbabbe

Date

June 24, 2021 11:37 PM UTC

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Twining Snapdragon (Neogaerrhinum strictum)

Observer

scsurflady

Date

May 13, 2021 01:05 PM PDT

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Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

May 3, 2017 01:09 PM PDT

Description

Very cooperative collared lizard. He let us photograph him for 5 to 7 minutes.

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Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)

Observer

smdpg

Date

September 20, 2020 09:13 AM PDT

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Plain Mariposa Lily (Calochortus invenustus)

Observer

abr

Date

June 2, 2012 12:53 PM PDT

Description

The green stripe visible in the side view clinches this as C. invenustus.

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

hkibak

Date

June 3, 2021 04:29 PM HST

Description

With captured King Snake

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Clay Mariposa Lily (Calochortus argillosus)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

May 22, 2021 02:09 PM PDT

Description

I hiked up a knoll in Fort Ord National Monument above Guidotti bridge, through foxtails, to find 100+- Clay Mariposa Lilies.

Similar in appearance to Butterfly Mariposa Lily (Calochortus venustus) but WITHOUT the maroon spot at outer end of petal. These lillies were all growing on grassy foothills. Substrate is decomposing sandstone on a former marine terrace.

Taxonomy: Clay Mariposa Lily (Calochortus argillosus). Native plant in the Lilies (Liliaceae) family, and in the Mariposa Lilies (Calochortus) genus.

Jepson eFlora:
"Stem: 40--60 cm, simple, bulblets present. Leaf: basal 20--30 cm, withering; cauline reduced upward. Inflorescence: +- umbel-like; flowers 1--4, erect; bracts 2--8 cm. Flower: perianth bell-shaped; sepals 20--40 mm; petals 20--40 mm, +- rounded, white to purple or pale yellow, central red spot within pale yellow, sparsely hairy; nectary 1 crescent or chevron, not depressed, densely short-hairy; filaments not dilated at base, anthers purple, pink to yellow-white. Fruit: erect, 4--6 cm, lanceolate. Ecology: Hard clay from volcanic or metamorphic rocks; Elevation: < 800 m. Peak bloom: April-June. Note: Flowers highly variable, generally showy."
https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=76542

Monterey County Wildflowers: a Field Guide, Yeager and Mitchell, 2016--not listed
Plants of Monterey County: an Illustrated Field Key, 2nd edition, Matthews and Mitchell, 2015--not listed.
Flora of Fort Ord: Monterey County, California, David Styer, 2019--not listed
Monterey County Wildflowers, Trees & Ferns--not listed

See interesting discussion/comments re the Clay Mariposa Lilly in this location:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/49858393

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Acmon Blue (Icaricia acmon)

Observer

elizevz

Date

August 6, 2019 12:24 PM PDT

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Western Black-legged Tick (Ixodes pacificus)

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hkibak

Date

May 29, 2021 03:16 PM HST

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California Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata ssp. multicarinata)

Observer

sullivanribbit

Date

October 21, 2007

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Long-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)

Observer

elizevz

Date

May 23, 2021 12:08 PM PDT

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Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

Observer

david99

Date

May 2021

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Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

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hkibak

Date

May 23, 2021 04:41 PM PDT

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Davy's Centaury (Zeltnera davyi)

Observer

hkibak

Date

July 30, 2020 02:59 PM HST

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Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

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turdus_urbanicus

Date

May 21, 2021 01:23 PM PDT

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Coast Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans ssp. terrestris)

Observer

acastelein

Date

May 2021

Place

Private

Description

First flame phase for me! Found basking in tall grass

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Butterfly Mariposa Lily (Calochortus venustus)

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matsonburger

Date

June 6, 2014 01:14 PM PDT

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Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata)

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mazer

Date

April 29, 2011 10:05 PM PDT

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Shepherd's-Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

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alex_iosipenko

Date

May 18, 2021 03:40 PM +04

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Long-tailed Weasel (Neogale frenata)

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surfbird04

Date

May 6, 2021 09:42 AM PDT

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Alkali Mariposa Lily (Calochortus striatus)

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mojavedon

Date

May 2010

Description

Brephidium exile; Western Pygmy-Blue butterfly on Calochortus striatus.

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California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

Observer

carl_engelman

Date

July 2015

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Allison's Anole (Anolis allisoni)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

November 22, 2018 01:34 PM UTC

Description

Anole had been sitting on a green bush near Ciego de Avila, Cuba. He was returned safely to the same spot.

Allison's anole (Anolis allisoni ), also known as the blue-headed anole, is a species of anole. This lizard is found in Cuba (except the west and the far southeast), the Bay Islands and Cayos Cochinos off the mainland of Honduras, and Half Moon Caye off the mainland of Belize. This diurnal species is commonly seen on palm trunks and it feeds on invertebrates.

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I had the privilege November 17-26, 2018 to participate in the bi-annual Cuba Bird Survey with Western Field Ornithologists and the Caribbean Conservation Trust (CCT). Our guides were Kurt Leuschner, College of the Desert, Palm Desert CA, Dr. Luis M. Diaz, Curator of Herpetology at the Cuban National Museum of Natural History in Havana, Jon Dunn, editor of the National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, and local natural history specialists in each region we visited.
I had the privilege again, January 4-14, 2023, to participate in the Cuba Bird Survey. We did find 25 of the 27 endemic Cuban bird species as well as many other interesting plants, animals, and people. Cuba is a beautiful country.

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What

Harlequin Bug (Murgantia histrionica)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

May 2, 2021 10:48 AM PDT

Description

On Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea) flower at Whitewater Preserve

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What

Great Basin Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis ssp. longipes)

Observer

douglasriverside

Date

May 2, 2021 02:14 PM PDT

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What

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Observer

douglasriverside

Date

May 2, 2021 02:22 PM PDT

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What

Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister)

Observer

nancydowling

Date

September 3, 2020 04:16 PM PDT

Description

Please correct me on species.

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What

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)

Observer

gbentall

Date

December 26, 2017 10:52 AM PST

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What

Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)

Observer

nathanfrench

Date

April 24, 2021 10:43 AM PDT

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What

Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys)

Observer

micrathene

Date

December 2007

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