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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Observer

crow

Date

August 2, 2022 10:36 AM PDT

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Big Berry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)

Observer

grmorrison

Date

August 5, 2020 02:56 PM PDT

Description

A truly massive big berry manzanita found in the Figueroa Mountain area. The human pictured for scale is 1.6 meters tall. Estimated height is approximately 8 meters tall. Growing in relatively open chaparral, intermixed with grassland. This individual and another immediately next to it are of this massive stature. It appears that these individuals are the result of some unusual set of circumstances, that allowed the plants to survive multiple fires. Individuals of the same species in the surrounding area are of a non-remarkable stature, so likely germinated after the most recent fire in the area. Unfortunately, I did not grab a closeup photo of leaf morphology, but the leaves were large, roundish, glabrous, and markedly glaucous-white. Plant was clearly an Arctostaphylos glauca, just huge.

This individual named "Hyperbolon".

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Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)

Observer

velodrome

Date

April 30, 2022 02:02 PM PDT

Description

My mirror failed to fully retract on one shot (I think), making a false "ground" right where it should be for a chaparral yucca. This (hespero)yucca also afforded me a glimpse of two yucca moths! Previously observed. (add links)

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California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

Observer

suepemberton

Date

March 22, 2015 08:52 AM PDT

Description

This handsome adult male choked to death on a leopard shark

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Aquatic Garter Snake (Thamnophis atratus)

Observer

justingarwood

Date

August 21, 2018 03:06 PM PDT

Description

Trifecta!! Competing in tug-o-war with a common garter snake for adult female cascades frog prey. Amazing rare observation!
Published observation in Herpetological Review as a note:
Garwood, J., and N. Garwood. 2020. Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi (Valley Garter Snake) and Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus (Oregon Aquatic Garter Snake). Foraging Competition. Herpetological Review 51:881-881.

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Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans ssp. vagrans)

Observer

mihmdunning

Date

June 20, 2020 11:39 AM MDT

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Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus ssp. oreganus)

Observer

hazelrah7

Date

June 10, 2022 06:08 PM PDT

Description

Roadkill. Rat or other rodent apparently in its belly

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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Observer

mtu

Date

May 22, 2022 11:03 AM PDT

Description

Female on nest

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California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica)

Observer

kclarksdnhmorg

Date

May 6, 2022 07:45 AM PDT

Description

Pair feeding fledglings.

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Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

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jeromelikesbirds

Date

July 2, 2021 08:38 AM PDT

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Observer

lkaycexplores

Date

November 8, 2021 11:06 AM PST

Description

Western Monarch spotted in the garden midday.

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cjtsai

Date

September 21, 2021 01:06 PM CST

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American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

Observer

earthwalker127

Date

September 8, 2020 03:56 PM PDT

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Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus ssp. oreganus)

Observer

earthwalker127

Date

August 20, 2020 02:43 PM PDT

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Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)

Observer

velodrome

Date

January 15, 2022 02:07 PM PST

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California Aglaja (Navanax inermis)

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ibrake4botany

Date

January 2, 2022 04:28 PM PST

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Bee Assassins (Genus Apiomerus)

Observer

wildnettle

Date

May 2021

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quilicotruste

Date

September 14, 2021 02:59 PM UTC

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Mint-loving Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta acrionalis)

Date

September 15, 2021 06:40 PM EDT

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

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jvaughn2000

Date

July 16, 2021 09:16 AM PDT

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Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Observer

kristalwatrous

Date

April 1, 2021 08:49 AM PDT

Description

We have red tailed, Cooper’s, and maybe sharp-shinned hawks nearby. Does this feather belong to one of those?

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Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

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leighlaughing

Date

October 15, 2020 01:21 PM PDT

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norah8

Date

June 29, 2020 03:48 PM PDT

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Garden Tortrix (Clepsis peritana)

Observer

ectothermist

Date

March 5, 2019 04:17 PM PST