Lake Merritt Bioblitz

A beautiful sunny day! It turns out that Lake Merritt is really big and has nudibranchs in it (whaaaaat). I said hello to gyrrfalcon and met kueda and robberfly, who are all rad and are collectively the first through third people I have ever met "from the internet."

My favorite find was this secret tiny burrow that emitted bees, my favorite vicarious find was Ken-ichi's splendid millipede, and my favorite knowledge-find was learning that Lake Merritt has a full suite of animals that I would normally only expect to see on a reef, just writ browner and smaller. Tiny anemones, tube worms, glass shrimp, sea slaters, and sea slugs.

Posted by sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo, February 26, 2014 09:01 AM

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Brass Buttons (Cotula coronopifolia)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 03:31 PM PST

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Porrón Osculado (Bucephala clangula)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 03:11 PM PST

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Zampullín Cuellinegro (Podiceps nigricollis)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 03:06 PM PST

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 02:31 PM PST

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Nuttall's Woodpecker (Dryobates nuttallii)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 02:29 PM PST

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Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 02:21 PM PST

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Petty Spurge (Euphorbia peplus)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 02:12 PM PST

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European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 02:08 PM PST

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Garceta Grande (Ardea alba)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 02:04 PM PST

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Painted Ladybird (Mulsantina picta)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:41 PM PST

Description

From a pine tree.

Larva contemplating a tiny wadded-up insect.

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:36 PM PST

Description

Oak leaf welcome mat.

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 01:17 PM PST

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Common Ivy (Hedera helix)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 01:12 PM PST

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Crabgrasses, Cottontops, and Allies (Genus Digitaria)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 01:00 PM PST

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 12:51 PM PST

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:57 AM PST

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Ánade Real (Anas platyrhynchos)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:56 AM PST

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Domestic Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos var. domesticus)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:56 AM PST

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Feral Pigeon (Columba livia var. domestica)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:52 AM PST

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Groundsels (Genus Senecio)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:46 AM PST

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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:42 AM PST

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American Coot (Fulica americana)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:22 AM PST

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Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 05:15 PM PST

Description

Small flock singing on a wire.

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 05:12 PM PST

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Cheeseweed Mallow (Malva parviflora)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:46 AM PST

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Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:46 AM PST

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Pink Knotweed (Persicaria capitata)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:00 PM PST

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Common Daisy (Bellis perennis)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 01:00 PM PST

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House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:00 PM PST

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Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:00 PM PST

Description

Eating Cheerios.

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 02:12 PM PST

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Bur Clover (Medicago polymorpha)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 02:12 PM PST

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Cut-leaved Crane's-Bill (Geranium dissectum)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 02:12 PM PST

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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:22 AM PST

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Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:44 AM PST

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Common Gilled Mushrooms and Allies (Order Agaricales)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:46 AM PST

Description

Big ripped-up mushrooms, and another patch of them just emerging from the mulch.

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Tamarisks (Genus Tamarix)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:46 AM PST

Description

Droopy, leafless bushes next to the lake.

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:46 AM PST

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Garden Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:51 AM PST

Description

Weeds behind a building.

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Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis jalapa)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:51 AM PST

Description

Weeds behind a building.

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Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:53 AM PST

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Dwarf Nettle (Urtica urens)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:58 AM PST

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Flor de Sueño (Oxalis pes-caprae)

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sea-kangaroo

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February 23, 2014 11:58 AM PST

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Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 12:00 PM PST

Description

With a Monarch drinking from it.

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 12:00 PM PST

Description

Was drinking from rosemary flowers just before this.

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Porrón Bola (Aythya affinis)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 12:01 PM PST

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Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 12:01 PM PST

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Atlantic Ribbed Mussel (Geukensia demissa)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 11:48 AM PST

Description

Lots of big mussels along the shore.

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Stinking Iris (Iris foetidissima)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:12 PM PST

Description

Thisss stuffff. Starts out as garden flowers and spreads all over the shop. Smells when you disturb it. Only in flower for a week or so, but has pods of bright red-orange berries that stay on all year.

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American Winter Ant (Prenolepis imparis)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:41 PM PST

Description

From a pine tree.

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:41 PM PST

Description

From a pine tree.

Lots of these marching around.

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Sow Thistles (Genus Sonchus)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 02:12 PM PST

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Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 02:19 PM PST

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Salty Mushroom (Agaricus bernardii)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 02:30 PM PST

Description

Someone had clearly been through IDing this patch already.

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Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 02:30 PM PST

Description

Big like a Western.

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Martinete Común (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 02:33 PM PST

Description

Imperturbable. When driving by later, saw this same bird perched on the fence railing literally one foot away from someone taking his photo. Night heron don't care.

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Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 03:23 PM PST

Description

Blurry bee on a tee tree.

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Jumping Spiders (Family Salticidae)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:23 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

I'm not sure if the spiders in both photos are the same one; it looks like the abdomen pattern changes, but then they both have the same weird grub thing.

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Running Crab Spiders (Family Philodromidae)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:20 PM PST

Description

On a native oak. Rolled up when bothered.

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Twenty-spotted Lady Beetle (Psyllobora vigintimaculata)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:23 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:24 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

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red

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Owlet Moths and Allies (Superfamily Noctuoidea)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:24 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

Shed skin of a small furry caterpillar.

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:25 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

Kind of springtail-shaped, but much bigger and not jumpy.

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Winged and Once-winged Insects (Subclass Pterygota)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:26 PM PST

Description

Tiny worm on a native oak leaf.

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Mealybugs (Family Pseudococcidae)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:26 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:26 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

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Typical Cobweb Spiders (Genus Theridion)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:30 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:31 PM PST

Description

On a native oak.

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Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:31 PM PST

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California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:38 PM PST

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Striped Green Sea Anemone (Diadumene lineata)

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

February 23, 2014 01:53 PM PST

Comments

And there's a swank new journal format!

Posted by sea-kangaroo over 8 years ago (Flag)

Hah, yeah, smaller and browner and more international. We people from the Internet aren't all that bad, I hope. And yup, journals are changing to support a new kind of post called a "trip" that will let you set start and end times and list all the species you were looking for and did or did not find. Still working on it, though.

Posted by kueda over 8 years ago (Flag)

Also loved being one of the internet people you've met. Delighted to now be a fully human friend.

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 9 months ago (Flag)

I am also delighted by this!

Posted by sea-kangaroo 8 months ago (Flag)

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