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Pinzón Mexicano Haemorhous mexicanus

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andreacala

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Abril 6, 2020 01:35 PM PDT

Descripción

Five House Finches (three males, two females) spend the day in the shrubs around my back deck. Sometimes a neighboring flock comes by but is instantly chased away. I feed them sunflower seeds, which I put on the banister around the deck. I hose down droppings and leftovers at the end of the day to keep the area clean and prevent spread of disease. The females are much more aggressive than the males, and if they don’t feel like sharing, chase away the males. But they mostly get along… They are lovely birds, with a sweetly cocky attitude, and such great company these lonely days…

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andreacala

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Abril 6, 2020 11:52 AM PDT

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Hongo Cola de Guajolote Stereum hirsutum

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andreacala

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Abril 6, 2020 11:51 AM PDT

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andreacala

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Abril 6, 2020 11:47 AM PDT

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Cardo Mariano Silybum marianum

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andreacala

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Abril 6, 2020 11:54 AM PDT

Descripción

The temporarily horizontal Wild Oats reveal what’s growing underneath them: Milk Thistles.

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Avena Cimarrona Avena fatua

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andreacala

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Abril 6, 2020 11:44 AM PDT

Descripción

Heavy overnight rain made the tall Wild Oats lay horizontally… which is much easier for pictures.

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Amapola de California Eschscholzia californica

Observ.

andreacala

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Abril 6, 2020 11:42 AM PDT

Descripción

A month ago, I added these notes to https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39751514 of a California Poppy: “The California Poppies I found at Paramount Ranch seemed stunted. None were taller than 15cm, most significantly shorter than that, around 7-10cm. The tips of leaves were already turning red. NPS Santa Monica Mountains tweeted a few days ago, “It's one of the driest winters in history (…) Anecdotally speaking & in general, growth of individual herbaceous (non-woody) plants appear to be smaller so far this season.” https://twitter.com/SantaMonicaMtns/status/1235678263957008384. These Poppies seemed to confirm their anecdotal assessment.
Not anecdotal: California had its driest February in 126 years, according to NOAA. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-content/sotc/national/statewidepcpnrank/statewidepcpnrank-202002.png Drought has also returned. About one-third of California is in moderate drought, and nearly 70% is abnormally dry, according to https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.

What a difference a month can make. Not only (but most drastically) in terms of COVID-19. March and now April miracle rains have made these Poppies grow over 100cm tall on their way through Wild Oats and a Valley Oak seedling. YTD precipitation is now at 7.88 inches, with more to come over the next two days.

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Garza Morena Ardea herodias

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andreacala

Fecha

Abril 5, 2020 11:27 AM PDT

Descripción

And then came lots of rain. 1.76 inches in Topanga as at this posting, slowly getting us out of “abnormally dry” into no draught territory.

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Ardillón de California Otospermophilus beecheyi

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 11:25 AM PDT

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 11:09 AM PDT

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This moss looked a bit like Silvery Bryum, but the color was definitely off. I looked through the Bryum genus and found B. miniatum on iNat, with observations from the Pacific Northwest. Per https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_moss_treatment.pl?taxon=Bryum%20miniatum it’s also present in CA. @mossgeek, what do you think?

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 11:07 AM PDT

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 11:05 AM PDT

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Catarina de Siete Puntos Coccinella septempunctata

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 10:52 AM PDT

Descripción

On Black Mustard.

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Huilota Común Zenaida macroura

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 10:39 AM PDT

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Gorrión Arlequín Chondestes grammacus

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 10:37 AM PDT

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Abeja Melífera Europea Apis mellifera

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 10:31 AM PDT

Descripción

On a Chilicothe leaf, with a very yellow face...

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Catarina Convergente Hippodamia convergens

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 11:27 AM PDT

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 10:08 AM PDT

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Growing in between Small Meliot.

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Ganso Canadiense Mayor Branta canadensis

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 10:09 AM PDT

Descripción

I heard them long before they broke through the clouds...

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Adormidera Papaver somniferum

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 09:51 AM PDT

Descripción

Opium Poppies, growing in a ditch behind a fence along Kanan Rd.

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 09:48 AM PDT

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Alfalfa Berdiana Medicago sativa

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andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 09:46 AM PDT

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Abeja Melífera Europea Apis mellifera

Observ.

andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 09:32 AM PDT

Descripción

Feeding on Black Locust.

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Acacia Falsa Robinia pseudoacacia

Observ.

andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 09:32 AM PDT

Descripción

Quoting from https://www.cal-ipc.org/plants/profile/robinia-pseudoacacia-profile/, “Historically planted as a landscape tree, black locust has escaped cultivation and become invasive in California and elsewhere. (...) Through root sprouts and seedling establishment, black locust creates large stands that displace native vegetation. Its seeds, leaves, and bark are toxic to humans and livestock.”
From Wikipedia: “Horses that consume the plant show signs of anorexia, depression, incontinence, colic, weakness, and cardiac arrhythmia. Symptoms usually occur about 1 hour following consumption, and immediate veterinary attention is required.” There are lots of horse ranches in this spot along Kanan and Cornell Rd, and the stand of Black Locust is spreading out…

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Garcita Verde Butorides virescens

Observ.

andreacala

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Abril 5, 2020 09:25 AM PDT

Descripción

Roadside observations on a cloudy and cold Sunday with very little traffic. All parks and trails in our area remain closed, and the popular trailheads were guarded by rangers on this Sunday. There was not a single car parked around Malibu Creek State Park, a first since Woolsey Fire days. Almost all areas that aren’t part of the State Park are parceled and fenced in, so unless one trespasses, road-siding is the only legal option. So far I find it interesting to take a close look at the areas I used to just drive through to get to a trailhead. And my very first peek through the roadside vegetation here was greatly rewarding: I spotted a breeding Green Heron.

Quoting from Wikipedia, “They nest in forest and swamp patches, over water or in plants near water. Nests are a platform of sticks, often in shrubs or trees. (…) The clutch is usually 2–6 pale green eggs, which are laid in 2-day intervals (though the second egg may be laid up to 6 days later than the first). After the last egg has been laid, both parents incubate for about 19–21 days until hatching, and feed the young birds. The young sometimes start to leave the nest at 16 days of age, but are not fully fledged and able to fend for themselves until 30–35 days old.”

Last pictures: as I continued along Kanan Road and then Cornell Rd, the percussionist who has played on Kanan every weekend for at least two years, kept drumming away, sometimes stopping to yell expletives about our nation/federal government. Another creature I know a little bit more about after my outing that Sunday, even from a distance. A Hawk on a power pole kept him company.

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Chara Californiana Aphelocoma californica

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andreacala

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Abril 4, 2020 02:23 PM PDT

Descripción

California Scrub-Jay just after a bath in one of my improvised bird baths on my back deck. It could very well be the fledgling who bathed there last year, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27638854, one of three siblings who grew up around my house. Already as a youngster this individual LOVED to bathe. I have yet to see another Scrubby use the bird bath…

Stay at home with animals around the house makes it so much easier…. I’m offering a terracotta plant pot saucer for the small birds, and a soup dish for the larger birds. I’m cleaning and changing the water continuously during the day, five or more times. The Audubon's Warblers around my house are the most passionate bathers, especially when the water is fresh. Already when I’m cleaning the bird baths they show up and wait in the shrubs, and then bathe one after the other, several times a day.

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Rascador Californiano Melozone crissalis

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andreacala

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Abril 4, 2020 12:26 PM PDT

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Chinche Asiática Pintada Bagrada hilaris

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andreacala

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Abril 4, 2020 12:20 PM PDT

Descripción

Another Bagrada Bug, on a Wild Radish leaf, about half a mile from the mating pair I saw that day, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41486792.

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Rayadora Flameada Libellula saturata

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andreacala

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Abril 4, 2020 12:18 PM PDT

Descripción

As of this moment, this is the first 2020 Flame Skimmer observation posted on iNat Los Angeles County. The last one was from 11/03/2019. Glad they are back!

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Mariposa Almirante del Oeste Limenitis lorquini

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andreacala

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Abril 4, 2020 12:13 PM PDT

Descripción

Mud puddling... One of at least three in the area.

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