Rancho Cañada del Oro - 5/21/2021

It's always a lovely day to be at Rancho. Today was windy and clear, with some tantalizingly dark clouds at the periphery, but not even a whiff of rain for all that wind.

It's not been a great year for flowers at Rancho, which is expected given the lack of hydration. But still, Calochortus were doing their thing. Just a light, occasional scattering of yellow lilies in the Blue Oak grasslands, not nearly as many as last year, or maybe there are more still to come. I'm appreciating their variability this year, which isn't as dramatic as clay lilies, but if you look closely... And there are quite a few clay lilies this year, again not as many as last, but a surprising number, every one with at least one resident adorned with pollen, assisting with reproduction while eating their fill and moving the cycle along. How do humans return to that fractal circle of life? Interestingly strict segregation of yellow lilies on one trail and clay lilies on the other. Both seem to grow in grasslands, but clay lilies also do just fine on the rocky side of the trail. While fairy lanterns thrive in the shadier areas in between.

So many insects! I wonder how they're adapting to fewer flowers this year. I was testing my third new phone, a Galaxy S10, plus a new Moment macro lens, and got to use them on just a few tolerant bugs. While the S10 does a better job than either the S21 or Pixel 5, it's still somewhat disappointing on sharpness (although occasionally very good), and they're still over-processing, although not as horribly as with the S21. So I'll probably use my S8 for insects going forward. Even my DSLR is letting me down, mostly not focusing well nowadays, I don't know why, it has no excuse. I'll probably be selling it too, but first find what I hope is a very capable new setup, light for hiking, excellent optics, great close up and macro, ability to get large depth of field, true color. Recommendations?

What else? A gorgeous gopher snake, more colorful than usual, warm enough to be out, and move very slowly, so I could appreciate them for a while. And an Acorn Woodpecker looking out of their nest! One of several holes carved into a big Blue Oak. I just learned that they will reuse those holes for many years, which I'm sure the Oaks are glad to hear, since they are large.

How delightful to cross paths several times with @merav and get distracted by Bee Assassins and Jewelflowers together. It's always satisfying to encounter someone who appreciates so much life around us.

Publicado el 22 de mayo de 2021 por newtpatrol newtpatrol

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Abejas del Sudor (Familia Halictidae)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 10:28 MAÑANA PDT

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On Agoseris

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 10:32 MAÑANA PDT

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How nice to be out in the morning when they're flowering.

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 10:48 MAÑANA PDT

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Very widely scattered around grassland

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Carpintero Bellotero (Melanerpes formicivorus)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 10:59 MAÑANA PDT

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Abejas del Sudor (Familia Halictidae)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 11:01 MAÑANA PDT

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On Calochortus luteus

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 11:03 MAÑANA PDT

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Scattered around the grassland, not nearly as many as last year, or perhaps more are on the way.

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 11:21 MAÑANA PDT

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What a gorgeous gopher snake, more colorful than usual, large (3-4'), slow moving on that warm but not hot day.

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 11:37 MAÑANA PDT

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I wonder who eats the seeds

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 11:44 MAÑANA PDT

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Lots of them on this Artemisia californica

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 11:53 MAÑANA PDT

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Mariposa Ninfa Común de California (Coenonympha california)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 11:58 MAÑANA PDT

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 12:11 PM PDT

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First time I've noticed them here! A large patch in a shady spot just uphill from a seasonal creek.

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Mayo 2021

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Could be a different Hoita, but it looks a lot like strobilina, and is located just on the back side of its home territory

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Chinches Y Parientes (Suborden Heteroptera)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 12:23 PM PDT

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Hanging out on Hoita (strobilina?)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 12:06 PM PDT

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Hanging out on Forest Scurfpea (Rupertia physodes)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 12:30 PM PDT

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Saw quite a few bee assasins, often doing their thing on Clay Mariposa lilies (Calochortus argillosis). This one got an ornate checkered beetle.

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Mayo 2021

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Arañas Cangrejo (Familia Thomisidae)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 12:45 PM PDT

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Hanging out on a Clay Mariposa lily (Calochortus argillosis)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 12:48 PM PDT

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As usual, just a few in a serpentine spot.

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Siempreviva del Noroeste (Dudleya abramsii)

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Mayo 2021

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Girasol Lanudo (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 12:56 PM PDT

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:07 PM PDT

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Abejitas Carpinteras (Género Ceratina)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:07 PM PDT

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On Elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:17 PM PDT

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On Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)

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Mariposa Parche Rojo (Euphydryas chalcedona)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:18 PM PDT

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On Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:18 PM PDT

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On Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:19 PM PDT

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On Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:22 PM PDT

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Once again, caught an ornate checkered beetle. On Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:31 PM PDT

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Quite a few of them this year, I love their variability

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Mariposa Monjita de California (Adelpha californica)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:43 PM PDT

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Milenrama Eurasiática (Achillea millefolium)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:49 PM PDT

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This large patch looks much scrappier than last year.

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 01:47 PM PDT

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I always encounter interesting fauna on this patch of yarrow, this moth is so lovely, and aptly named.

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Tecolote del Oeste (Megascops kennicottii)

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Mayo 21, 2021 a las 08:00 PM PDT

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Owl update. Lady Owl poked out of the box early enough last night that several of the other resident birds were still out and about, took notice and went bonkers. A Junco, Bewick's Wren and Anna's Hummingbird all flew around yelling at Lady Owl in their own way, I'm sure they all have nests in the area right now (although I've yet to see any of them.) Here's a video of some of that happening: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VcQJwWtXPjr5DdGl2kw5hLVz46yWT8t5/view?usp=sharing.

Disclaimer that the video is fairly messy, and I uploaded a lower-quality version than the original. Also unfortunately my music was playing loudly at the beginning, otherwise there's a lot of Junco and Wren yelling going on. Over the course of the video you'll see a Junco, Wren and Hummingbird all go up to Lady Owl, very ballsy, and you'll see her utter indifference.

Still no sign of offspring.

Here's a Flickr album with a larger collection of photos and videos of the Owl family: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVZPnT5

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It was so nice to bump into you today! and so many gorgeous flowers!

Publicado por merav hace casi 3 años

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