Thursday, September 23, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
I could use some help, but my guess on this individual is California Red-sided Gartner Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis).
We also photographed a different individual that I think might be the same species:
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Last night I mentioned we went up to the Gualala River to look for toads. Eric grew up with toads in his backyard and I used to interact with toads on Cape Cod. We don't see toads on Bodega Head, so every now and then we both miss finding and watching toads.
We hadn't looked for them along the Gualala River before, but I had heard that young toads have been reported emerging from the river in the fall. So with yesterday's rain showers, we figured it was worth a shot and it would be new territory for us.
It took some patience and persistence, but eventually we found two toads. The first was a small individual (~3 cm long) hiding under a rock. Here's the view I showed last night and two others. Note the variety of colors, including orange under the feet:
Saturday, September 18, 2021
We were hopeful that today's precipitation would bring us some luck in finding a toad...and it did! I'll write more tomorrow, but here's a wonderful photo that Eric took of a juvenile Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) near the Gualala River on 18 September 2021. So thankful for the rain!