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Common Raven Corvus corax

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 13, 2020 11:27 AM PDT

Description

We used to be home of an extended Raven family whose main perches were the Cypress trees across from my kitchen window, and I learned a lot about Ravens while cooking… Last year, they decamped to some other area to raise their young but showed up nearly daily to claim the spot. This year, they only come on Mondays, like clockwork. Monday is trash day with the cans out in the open…

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 13, 2020 09:48 AM PDT

Description

About daily in the skies above my house: pair bond affirmation/mating flights of our resident Red-tailed Hawks.

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 13, 2020 08:58 AM PDT

Description

Sometime between July 9th and 13th, the Lizard who guards my front door had to drop its tail to escape a predator…

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California Bumble Bee Bombus californicus

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 10:36 AM PDT

Description

California Bumble Bee with impressive corbiculae. Wikipedia quotes on Pollen Basket, “Either honey or nectar is used to moisten the dry pollen, producing the product known as bee pollen or bee bread. The mixing of the pollen with nectar or honey changes the color of the pollen. The color of the pollen can help identify the pollen source.” This bee was feeding on the last few flowers of Wild Radish.

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Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona crucifera

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 10:33 AM PDT

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Great Golden Digger Wasp Sphex ichneumoneus

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 10:29 AM PDT

Description

On Fennel.

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 10:24 AM PDT

Description

Song Sparrow without tail feathers. Possible explanation is that the Sparrow escaped a predator’s attack. I’ve seen this also with a Spotted Towhee, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12144208.

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Long-horned Bees Tribe Eucerini

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 10:20 AM PDT

Description

Feeding on Cliff Aster. Definitely Long-horned. Genus Melissodes, possibly Subgenus Eumelissodes, M. agilis, https://bugguide.net/node/view/108983?

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Trailside Grasshopper Lactista gibbosus

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 10:06 AM PDT

Description

If this really is a Santa Monica Grasshopper, I’m surprised to have found it here so close to busy Topanga Canyon Blvd. It was on a narrow strip of dirt in between road and canyon slope, about 75 meters above the creek. But maybe it’s a T. fontana? Thank you @alice_abela for checking it out.

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Umber Skipper Lon melane

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 10:00 AM PDT

Description

Feeding on Cliff Aster.

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Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 09:59 AM PDT

Description

Feeding on Cliff Aster.

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 09:39 AM PDT

Description

It’s unusual to find Fox Squirrels that far away from homes or people in this area. This one was barking for about ten minutes as I was exploring the area close to the street, and when I climbed down an overgrown path, it came closer to check me out. (Maybe it was trapped and released here?)

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Crab Spiders Family Thomisidae

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 09:38 AM PDT

Description

On a Cliff Aster.

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Cliff Aster Malacothrix saxatilis

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 09:35 AM PDT

Description

With a Crab Spider...

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Bear's Breeches Acanthus mollis

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 09:28 AM PDT

Description

Lower Topanga is a rich hunting ground for exotic/introduced/invasive species, such as these two flowering stalks of Bear's Breeches growing on the steep slope down from the road. I guess car traffic and the creek help the seed distribution of ornamental plants that people put into their gardens…

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Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 09:24 AM PDT

Description

Feeding on Cliff Aster.

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Horn-faced Leaf-cutter Bee Megachile fidelis

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 12, 2020 09:22 AM PDT

Description

This bee looks like the Horn-faced Leaf-cutter Bees I have seen over the past ten days (most recently https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52534810). She was feeding on Cliff Aster.

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Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 01:33 PM PDT

Description

Feeding on a planted Lantana hybrid in a neighbor's yard.

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Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 12:51 PM PDT

Description

The nest I found in a palm tree in my street (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52707615) is home to at least one Hooded Oriole nestling who was looking for a parent with food. It won’t be long before this nestling leaves the pouch…

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:48 AM PDT

Description

Feeding on Hooker's Evening Primrose.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:38 AM PDT

Description

I’ve seen the Heron fly by a few days ago so I guess it must find something to eat in the algae covered pond. But not this time…

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Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:34 AM PDT

Description

Juvenile eating Blue Elder berries.

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:27 AM PDT

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Yellow-faced Bumble Bee Bombus vosnesenskii

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:24 AM PDT

Description

Feeding on California Wild Rose.

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Goldenrod Crab Spider Misumena vatia

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:22 AM PDT

Description

On a Willow.

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Lorquin's Admiral Limenitis lorquini

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:17 AM PDT

Description

One of at least two.

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Texas Striped Sweat Bee Agapostemon texanus

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:15 AM PDT

Description

Feeding on Shortpod Mustard.

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California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:09 AM PDT

Description

The California Thrasher came up just once, with perhaps a small spider, and was otherwise digging through the leaf litter sight unseen. California and Spotted Towhees produce similar sounds, but since they use their feet to sift through leaf litter, and add little jumps, I think the energetic digging of a Thrasher who is exclusively using its long bill could possibly be ID-ed from sound alone. (In the background of the recording is the call of a Red-shouldered Hawk and briefly the call of a Nanday Parakeet.)

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Wrentit Chamaea fasciata

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:05 AM PDT

Description

Wrentit with a couple of katydids or grasshoppers and a small brown insect it found in a Blue Elder tree.
Per https://birdsoftheworld.org, ”Both sexes feed offspring; nestlings in coastal California fed exclusively small insects, predominantly green geometrid (inchworm moth) larvae.”

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Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Observer

andreacala

Date

July 11, 2020 09:02 AM PDT
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