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Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 01:04 PM PST

Description

Feeding on Mule Fat.

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California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica

Observer

andreacala

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February 25, 2020 12:57 PM PST

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Gray Buckeye Junonia grisea

Observer

andreacala

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February 25, 2020 12:54 PM PST

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Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 12:52 PM PST

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California Towhee Melozone crissalis

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 12:46 PM PST

Description

California Towhee inspecting a fresh dirt mound courtesy of a Pocket Gopher.

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Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 12:44 PM PST

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Umber Skipper Poanes melane

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 12:42 PM PST

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Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 12:41 PM PST

Description

Wear and tear...

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Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 12:35 PM PST

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European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 12:00 PM PST

Description

About 50 noisy European Starlings filling up on the fruit of Fan Palms, at the “Original” Muscle Beach just south of Santa Monica Pier.

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Musk Stork's-Bill Erodium moschatum

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 11:17 AM PST

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Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 25, 2020 11:12 AM PST

Description

Sandhill Skippers have returned very early in the year to Will Rogers State Beach. There were about 10, feeding on Wild Radish and Sea Rocket. This is the third year I’m keeping an eye on the species in this peculiar spot between the ocean and congested, six-lane Pacific Coast Highway. The habitat of these tiny butterflies is a small strip of disturbed landscape full of invasives at the edge of a popular beach, next to a bike/walk path, and around a patch of vegetation that gets irrigated by beach shower run-off.
My last observation of the species at this spot was on 06/13/2019, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26965023. My first 08/05/2018, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/15151626.

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Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 02:53 PM PST

Description

Male killed by a Crab Spider as he was feeding on Common Fiddleneck.

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Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 02:55 PM PST

Description

As I approached a Sara Orangetip feeding on Common Fiddleneck and started to take pictures, I noticed that only the butterfly’s right forewing was flapping. Otherwise it seemed strangely lifeless. I was thinking of https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38837164 and @quidestforas, an encounter with a dead bee dangling on the flower she was feeding on, and investigated. Sure enough, a Crab Spider hiding on the flowerhead had just killed the unfortunate Orangetip… Genus Misumena?

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Mournful Duskywing Erynnis tristis

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 02:35 PM PST

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

andreacala

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February 24, 2020 02:36 PM PST

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 02:45 PM PST

Description

The Ravens were busy with one another (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39242334) and ignored the Red-tailed flying over their territory.

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Common Raven Corvus corax

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 02:24 PM PST

Description

I think this was something else than Ravens’ usual fun and games in strong updrafts and wind gusts. These two were outdoing each other in daring flight maneuvers, including roll-overs. Both were going at a very fast clip and kept talking to one another with somewhat muted, tender knocking calls. At one point they connected, to my eyes lovingly, amicably. Courtship flights?

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Painted Meadow Grasshopper Chimarocephala pacifica

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 02:23 PM PST

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Lacy Phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia

Observer

andreacala

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February 24, 2020 02:14 PM PST

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Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 02:07 PM PST

Description

Feeding on Common Fiddleneck.

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Cabbage White Pieris rapae

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 02:05 PM PST

Description

Feeding on Common Fiddleneck.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 01:57 PM PST

Description

Found on a Mustard leaf.

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Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 24, 2020 08:04 AM PST

Description

First sighting in the Peruvian Peppertree in front of my house since 12/02/2019, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/36332854.

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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 23, 2020 12:34 PM PST

Description

I stopped-over at Peter Strauss Ranch/Lake Enchanto to check on water level and creek wildlife there. (The Ranch remains closed because of the Woolsey Fire.) During the 20 minutes or so I spent on the side of the road, I heard the siren calls of at least one Red-shouldered Hawk. Suddenly two Red-shouldered Hawks were high above me, one chasing the other in a wide circle. In a high speed flight, the chasing Hawk careened toward a tall Eucalyptus tree in the distance, where the first Hawk had just landed on a branch. The male Hawk landed on top of the perching female… and it looked like they were mating. It didn’t take long, just 11 seconds. They then stood still next to each other, then the male climbed up on a slightly higher branch but remained very close. And that’s how I left them after a few minutes. If this was what I think it was, the best of luck to the prospective parents!!

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 23, 2020 12:21 PM PST

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Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 23, 2020 12:22 PM PST

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Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 23, 2020 11:52 AM PST

Description

Flock of 6-8.

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Deerweed Acmispon glaber

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 23, 2020 11:49 AM PST

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European Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

andreacala

Date

February 23, 2020 11:21 AM PST

Description

Feeding on Woollyfruit Desertparsley.

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