Nature in the Yard, 11-02-21

My friend Roxanne reminded me, in her recent Facebook posts, that there are possible nature experiences even your own backyard, so even though I’m still in recovery from my surgery, I did a little search before lunchtime this morning.

We’re seeing Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves, White-Crowned Sparrows, Scrub Jays, House Finches, Black Phoebes and House Sparrows at the birdfeeders in the front yard.  Eastern Fox Squirrels and Gray Squirrels are also regular visitors there. [[And there are also a few neighborhood cats that come into the yard to drink water out of birdbath.]] 

In the backyard today, I found some Cottony Cushion Scale insects, Icerya purchasi, on the lemon tree including a mama with her attached egg sac and some young ones in various instars. They were all being tended by some ants. 

On the mandarin orange tree, I also found some interesting “flat” eggs on one of the leaves. I think they might have been from a kind of scale insect, too, but I’m not certain. I’ll post them to iNaturalist and see if anyone can tell me more about them.

Update, 11-04-21, Eggs Hatched

I checked on the insect eggs I’d found the other day. I thought they were from some kind of scale insect, but today, the eggs hatched… and now I think they might be gnat or midge babies. [Non-Biting Midge: Chironomus sp.]


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Species List:

  1. Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
  2. Argentine Ant, Linepithema humile
  3. Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
  4. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  5. Cat, Felis catus
  6. Cottony Cushion Scale, Icerya purchasi
  7. Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
  8. Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis
  9. Eurasian Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
  10. House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
  11. House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
  12. Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
  13. Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  14. Scale Insects, Superfamily: Coccoidea [eggs]
  15. White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys