I got up around 5:30 this morning so I could get over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve and begin my monitoring of my milkweed plot there for evidence of Monarch Butterflies. I finished that (with the help of my friend and co-naturalist Roxanne Moger) around 8:30.
It was still relatively cool outside, so Roxanne and I decided to put our tools back into our car and walk for a little while. We came across some cooperative squirrels and a Desert Cottontail rabbit, and also checked out the tree where I’d seen the feral beehive earlier. There were about three times as many bees at the spot, so I’m assuming the queen has decided to set up shop there.
The surprise sighting was coming across another doe – with twin fawns! She was keeping them well-hidden in the shade and tall grass, but we were able to catch glimpses of them. And we couldn’t help but chuckle when the babies went stotting through the grass with mom chasing after them. They’re so tiny but soooo active! They’re the first fawns I’ve seen this year and that’s always exciting.
As we were leaving the preserve, I could hear a Ground Squirrel’s alarm call and looked around to see if I could spot what the trouble might be. I saw movement overhead and spotted an adult Red-Shouldered Hawk fly overhead. It landed in a nearby tree and then sat there for quite a while, so we were able to get quite a few photos of it. So, even though our walk was only a single loop, we got to see quite a bit… which is always fun.
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We walked for about 2 hours before calling it quits and going to breakfast.
- Asian Ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis,
- Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii,
- Black Walnut Erineum Mite gall,
- California Bay, Umbellularia californica,
- California Black Walnut, Juglans californica,
- California Ground Squirrel, Otospermophilus beecheyi,
- California Mugwort, Artemisia douglasiana,
- California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica,
- California Towhee, Melozone crissalis,
- Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus,
- Common Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea,
- Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis,
- Coyote Mint, Monardella villosa,
- Crown Whitefly, Aleuroplatus coronata,
- Desert Cottontail, Sylvilagus audubonii,
- Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger,
- European Honeybee, Apis mellifera,
- European Praying Mantis, Mantis religiosa,
- Feral Honeybees, Apis mellifera,
- Goldwire, Hypericum concinnum,
- Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus,
- Green Leafhopper, Empoasca sp.,
- Green Stink Bug, Chinavia hilaris,
- Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni,
- Jumping Spider, Hentzia sp.,
- Lords-And-Ladies, Arum maculatum,
- Meadow Spittlebug, Philaenus spumarius,
- Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus,
- Oleander Aphid, Aphis nerii,
- Pumpkin Gall Wasp, Dryocosmus minusculus,
- Red Mite, Spider Mite, Tetranychus urticae,
- Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus,
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia,
- Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa,
- Spotted Lady’s Thumb, Persicaria maculosa,
- Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
- Trashline Orb Weaver Spider, Cyclosa conica,
- Twenty-spotted Lady Beetle, Psyllobora vigintimaculata,
- Valley Oak, Quercus lobata,
- Yarrow, Achillea millefolium,
- Yellow Sac Spider, Cheiracanthium mildei,