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Yadon's Wallflower (Erysimum menziesii ssp. yadonii)

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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)

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jennyjax

Date

October 15, 2022 11:18 AM PDT

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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

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hedgie7

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Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

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sergiomtz

Date

November 7, 2020 10:11 AM -04

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Bandwing Grasshoppers (Subfamily Oedipodinae)

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hkibak

Date

August 12, 2022 02:19 PM CST

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Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)

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hoaryherper

Date

June 21, 1955 11:55 AM EDT

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Denseflower Rein Orchid (Platanthera elongata)

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nelsoid

Date

August 20, 2018 11:22 AM PDT

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Coastal Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)

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manninka

Date

May 17, 2022 05:03 PM PDT

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White-margined Oxytheca (Sidotheca emarginata)

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sshigenaga

Date

May 2022

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Lanceleaf Liveforever (Dudleya lanceolata)

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fredwatson

Date

February 6, 2022 03:59 PM PST

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Clay Mariposa Lily (Calochortus argillosus)

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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)

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sshigenaga

Date

May 2022

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American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

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dloarie

Date

July 16, 2016 02:51 PM PDT

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American Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria ssp. flavivolvata)

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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)

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hkibak

Date

March 2022

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Footsteps of Spring (Sanicula arctopoides)

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jennyjax

Date

January 31, 2022 09:02 AM PST

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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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)

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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)

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hkibak

Date

January 26, 2022 07:22 AM HST

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Brittleleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos crustacea ssp. crustacea)

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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)

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fredwatson

Date

November 4, 2021 01:04 PM PDT

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Warrior's Plume (Pedicularis densiflora)

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hkibak

Date

March 13, 2021 04:44 PM HST

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Sunburst Anemone (Anthopleura sola)

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scsurflady

Date

January 1, 2022 02:57 PM PST

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Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

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zabbey

Date

December 1, 2021 12:31 PM PST

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Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus)

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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)

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theneenbeen

Date

April 2021

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Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)

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zabbey

Date

June 27, 2021 09:42 AM PDT

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Mask Limpet (Lottia persona)

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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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Sierran Tree Frog (Pseudacris sierra)

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mushroomshindig

Date

November 4, 2021 10:29 PM PDT

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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

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hkibak

Date

October 21, 2021 10:04 AM HST

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Coyote (Canis latrans)

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hkibak

Date

November 2, 2021 10:48 AM HST

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Santa Lucia Phacelia (Phacelia grisea)

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scsurflady

Date

July 3, 2021 11:05 AM PDT

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Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii ssp. xanthoptica)

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damontighe

Date

October 21, 2021 12:28 AM PDT

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

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finatic

Date

August 24, 2021 11:15 AM PDT

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Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)

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hkibak

Date

May 2021

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Scudder's Bush Katydids (Genus Scudderia)

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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)

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hkibak

Date

August 21, 2021 12:38 PM PDT

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Elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata)

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georgewilliams1

Date

May 18, 2021 09:49 AM PDT

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Santiago Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus ssp. wikelskii)

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muddygirl

Date

January 2019

Place

Missing Location

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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mbabbe

Date

June 24, 2021 11:37 PM UTC

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Twining Snapdragon (Neogaerrhinum strictum)

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scsurflady

Date

May 13, 2021 01:05 PM PDT

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Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)

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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)

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smdpg

Date

September 20, 2020 09:13 AM PDT

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Plain Mariposa Lily (Calochortus invenustus)

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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)

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hkibak

Date

June 3, 2021 04:29 PM HST

Description

With captured King Snake

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Clay Mariposa Lily (Calochortus argillosus)

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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)

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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)

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sullivanribbit

Date

October 21, 2007

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Long-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)

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elizevz

Date

May 23, 2021 12:08 PM PDT

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Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

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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)

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hkibak

Date

July 30, 2020 02:59 PM HST

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Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Date

May 21, 2021 01:23 PM PDT

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Coast Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans ssp. terrestris)

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acastelein

Date

May 2021

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)

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carl_engelman

Date

July 2015

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Allison's Anole (Anolis allisoni)

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aparrot1

Date

November 22, 2018 01:34 PM UTC

Description

Anole had been sitting on a green bush in 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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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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Great Basin Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis ssp. longipes)

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douglasriverside

Date

May 2, 2021 02:14 PM PDT

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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

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douglasriverside

Date

May 2, 2021 02:22 PM PDT

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Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister)

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nancydowling

Date

September 3, 2020 04:16 PM PDT

Description

Please correct me on species.

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)

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gbentall

Date

December 2017

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Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)

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nathanfrench

Date

April 24, 2021 10:43 AM PDT

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Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys)

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micrathene

Date

December 2007

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Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

March 11, 2021 02:54 PM UTC

Description

Hooded oriole. Chattering in blossoming grapefruit tree. First sighting of the season was yesterday when he was chattering in the blooming orange tree.

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) Mostly yellow in color. Bill long and slightly curved downward. Males are more yellow-orange with black patch on throat. Both sexes have distinctive white bars on black wings. They seem to enjoy visiting hummingbird feeders. They also enjoy the nectar of sliced oranges attached to feeders.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, ed. Jon L. Dunn, 2008, p. 396-397.

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Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

June 2020

Description

So cute and cuddly.

http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/pages/p.blainvillii.html

Adults are 2.5 - 4.5 inches long from snout to vent (6.3 - 11.4 cm).
A flat-bodied lizard with a wide oval-shaped body, scattered enlarged pointed scales on the upper body and tail, and a large crown of horns or spines on the head. The two center horns are the longest. Males have enlarged postanal scales and a swollen tail base during the breeding season.
Females are larger in size than males. Each side of the body has two rows of pointed fringe scales. (Stebbins, 2003)
Each side of the throat has two or three rows of enlarged pointed scales. (Stebbins, 2003)
Color and Pattern
Color is reddish, brown, yellow, or gray, with dark blotches on the back and large dark spots on the sides of the neck.
The belly is cream, beige, or yellow, usually with dark spots, and the belly scales are smooth.

Activity: Diurnal. Active during periods of warm weather, retreating underground and becoming inactive during extended periods of low temperatures or extreme heat.

Range: Historically found in California along the Pacific coast from the Baja California border west of the deserts and the Sierra Nevada, north to the Bay Area, and inland as far north as Shasta Reservoir, and south into Baja California. Ranges up onto the Kern Plateau east of the crest of the Sierra Nevada. The range has now been severely fragmented due to land alteration.

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Common Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

December 30, 2020 11:17 AM UTC

Description

Chuckwalla hatchling in Pushwalla canyon, 20 ft from the old rusted truck. I was standing on the trail having a drink of water. Chuckwalla ran under my hiking boot. I lifted my boot and picked him up. He was very cooperative and photogenic.

http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/pages/s.ater.html

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Leopard Lily (Lilium pardalinum ssp. pardalinum)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

July 21, 2019 11:30 AM PDT

Description

Leopard lilies in the Mittledorf Preserve off Rancho San Carlos Road in the Santa Lucia mountains. The preserve is operated by the Big Sur Land Trust. The lilies appear late spring by the year-round creek under towering redwood trees.
Orange flowers were appox. 3-5 inches across. Plants were about 8-10 ft tall. Distinctive “pagoda” (many tiered towers) arrangement of leaves along stem. This beautiful Lily is on the cover of the book— Monterey County Wildflowers: a Field Guide, Yeager and Mitchell. Description p. 356.

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Red Diamond Rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber)

Observer

aparrot1

Date

September 2, 2017 12:19 PM PDT

Description

Red Diamond Rattlesnake lounging under a bush to get out of the heat.

Red Diamond Rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber) Conservation Status: vulnerable (S3) in California. Distinctive black and white bars in front of the rattle.

Rattlesnakes are typically described as poisonous, but they are actually venomous. A poisonous snake is one that is harmful to eat. A venomous snake injects dangerous venom into its victim.

Rattlesnakes are important members of the natural community. They will not attack, but if disturbed or cornered, they will defend themselves. Reasonable watchfulness should be sufficient to avoid snakebite. Give them distance and respect.

Rattlesnakes are also among the most reasonable forms of dangerous wildlife: their first line of defense is to remain motionless; if you surprise them or cut off their retreat, they offer an audio warning; if you get too close, they head for cover. Venom is intended for prey so they're reluctant to bite, and 25 to 50 percent of all bites are dry - no venom is injected." Leslie Anthony. Snakebit: Confessions of a Herpetologist. Greystone Books, 2008.

Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/c.ruber.html

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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nanotyrannus

Date

November 12, 2020 03:41 PM CST

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Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)

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elizevz

Date

April 3, 2021 09:39 AM PDT

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Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)

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elizevz

Date

April 6, 2021 11:50 AM PDT

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Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

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elizevz

Date

April 2021

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Long-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)

Observer

elizevz

Date

April 10, 2021 10:09 AM PDT