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What

Pacific Marten (Martes caurina)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

January 2024

Description

This was a super cool find after work on my short xc ski trip!

I first noticed it when it either jumped down or fell from a tree. At first I thought it was a cat it was quite chonky. haha. I don't believe it saw me from the distance, though, as it appeared to be looking away (third pic). And when I retraced my tracks I stopped at where it had been approaching my tracks. At that point, I was about 20 feet away and it popped up and stared at me for 5-7 seconds. Super cute! Unfortunately I couldn't get my camera out in time again as I was struggling to get up a short and steep incline (and needed my ski poles).

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What

Thayer's Gull (Larus glaucoides ssp. thayeri)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

December 15, 2023 11:27 AM PST

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What

Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

December 17, 2023 01:07 PM PST

Description

In the field, I actually thought this was a juvenile because the skies were so dark and overcast that I couldn't see either the yellow belly/breast or red on the throat.

Christmas Bird Count 2023 (species week).

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What

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

December 31, 2010 03:39 PM PST

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What

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

October 4, 2023 04:00 PM PDT

Description

For a moment, this Sharpie perched in the same snag as a Red-tailed Hawk (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/186220411). See last photo in this series for size comparison and behavior. Pretty interesting to see the RTH not even flinch, but the size difference is most definitely great between the two!

The first photo of this series is where it actually ended up after flying out of the snag with the RTH.

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What

Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

July 2023

Description

Spent some time with this Kit Fox the other day. Tamed up pretty quickly to my presence

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What

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

June 29, 2023 09:28 PM PDT

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What

Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

June 22, 2023 07:29 PM PDT

Description

Yowza if this is true!

Or could it be a Hermit Warbler x Townsend's Warbler hybrid?

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What

Long-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

June 15, 2023 02:51 PM PDT

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What

Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

March 17, 2023 11:53 AM PDT

Description

Drama. These guys all normally get along pretty well, but here a squirrel decided to start something. Moments later they were back to munching sunflower seeds side-by-side again.

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What

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

November 7, 2022 04:29 PM PST

Description

Wow! This was a really cool surprise to see this afternoon in my driveway. The gaps in the pavers hold all kinds of seeds, apparently. So I've been seeing more bird activity here after I finish shoveling.

There was a Dark-eyed Junco (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141416287) that this beauty was sharing the drive with for a couple of hours today.

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What

Flat Spurred Piperia (Platanthera transversa)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

August 2022

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What

Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

June 9, 2022 12:16 PM PDT

Description

Interesting to watch this gal foraging around high in the trees, while swarms of carpenter ants were hatching out 40'-50' below. Fairly vocal, so I wonder if she had a nest nearby.

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What

Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

February 4, 2022 01:02 PM PST

Description

Incredibly obliging

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What

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

February 4, 2022 10:43 AM PST

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What

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

December 17, 2021 06:18 AM PST

Description

What a treat to see this so close up!

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What

Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

November 3, 2021 08:49 AM PDT

Description

Day Three for this bird, astoundingly the first Tahoe record since 1975 and long overdue! I've been looking for one of these for two decades. Tried for it late yesterday and dipped since the eagles had flushed all the gulls shortly prior to my arrival. Pretty darn happy to finally catch up with this species at Tahoe!!

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What

American Badger (Taxidea taxus)

Observer

twillrichardson

Date

October 3, 2021

Description

Very few Tahoe basin records, so I'm posting these on behalf of Toogee Sleisch. Likely the same individual was seen in Rabe Meadows on 10/10.

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What

Eurasian Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Observer

jaredmanninen

Date

August 17, 2021 10:08 AM PDT

Description

Large Sandpiper size -- definitely not as large as a Long-billed Curlew. And, it let out a series of "piping whistles" as it flew overhead.