Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Okay, maybe we just haven't lived in Cotati long enough, but this morning was the first time we've seen a squirrel in our yard. I managed to take a few quick photos to document it before we left for work.
Eric looked out the window early this morning to see an Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) walking along the fence and climbing up a nearby tree.
At first, the orange coloration below made us think about Douglas' Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii), but this squirrel was larger. And later when reviewing the identification, I noticed the orange ears, bushy tail, and lack of black line between the gray on the back and the orange below — characters which led to Eastern Fox Squirrel.
Since I'm relatively new to California, I don't know the entire story of how Eastern Fox Squirrels made it to the West Coast. I hear they were introduced to the Los Angeles area in the early 1900s, and possibly to San Francisco in the late 1800s.
P.S. If you're interested in comparing squirrel species, review the post from 4 December 2012 to see some photos of a Douglas' Squirrel in Sebastopol.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Lots of chores today, so here are two more images of the Rock Sandpiper on Bodega Head during the winter of 2012-2013. That year, the Rock Sandpiper stayed around until early March.
A comparison with Surfbirds:
(The Rock Sandpiper is on the right.)
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), photographed in the Bodega Dunes on 7 November 2017
This butterfly was alternating between basking in the sun and nectaring from male Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis) flowers:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Sierran Treefrog (Pseudacris sierra) on a Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), 7 November 2017.
We're received 0.7 inches of rain so far today (8 November 2017), and it looks like showers will continue for a couple of days.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
I haven't seen it yet, but here's a photo of a Rock Sandpiper from several years ago (on Bodega Head in February 2013).
Rock Sandpipers are rare in the Bodega Bay area. I hope the one that was spotted yesterday stays around for a little while!
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
We were finishing up some surveys tonight (2 November 2017) in the intertidal zone when Eric spotted a small Red Octopus (Octopus rubescens) among the rocks.
The octopus was under water, but shallow enough that I could use my underwater camera to zoom in for a close-up of its eye. Be sure to click on the image above and explore the diversity of colors and patterns and textures. Exploring the eye of an octopus is like visiting another world!
ADDENDUM (3 November 2017): Hmmm...clicking on the photo above didn't enlarge it that much, so here's a zoomed in view of the octopus' eye...
In case you're curious, here's a view of the little octopus:
With its tentacles curled in, this octopus was only ~4 cm (1.5 inches) long.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Well, I was caught up in listening to Game 7 of the World Series tonight. And when the Astros won, I decided to post a sea star picture to help their fans celebrate. Here's an orange Sunflower Star (Pycnopodia helianthoides, in the class Asteroidea) to say — Congratulations, Houston!
P.S. Astro is Greek for "star."