Today was a day and a half as far as field research goes. A friend of mine and I have been commissioned to get film of red-legged frogs in Año for Jeff Corwin’s TV show (:O :O :O). SO…I can’t show you guys the very amateur film we got, at least I don’t think I can. BUT we saw so much wildlife today, it was wild, including an adult bald eagle, an osprey, a rufous hummingbird, a bobcat, a belted kingfisher, an elephant seal, AND a San Francisco garter basking in the sunlight. I haven’t gotten a shot of this extremely rare subspecies of the Common Gartersnake until now, so enjoy!!!
On a hike through more of the Santa Cruz Mountains, we found probably at least 50 varied thrushes, saw one pileated woodpeckers and heard one of his friends, and found a California newt. Of course, I didn’t take photos of any of these! But the trees were sooo beautiful and I was totally geeking out because it had been such a nice hike…I took photos of trees 🙂
I do a weekly herp survey at one of my local state parks and what a day of herps it was! We got a red-legged frog and San Francisco Garters, both protected species, and Coast Garters, rubber boa, which I had never seen before, slender salamander, rough-skinned newt, arboreal salamander, and some alligator lizards. I took photos of a few of them. 🙂
Birders…what a day of birding! And I was only out for a few hours! I finally found and photographed a Ferruginous Hawk! Other guys that were out there, some that appear in this post, include Golden eagles, Ferruginous hawk Red-tail, White-tailed hawk, Northern Harrier, Am. Kestrel, Red-shouldered hawk (heard the call), and many Western Bluebirds and a Loggerhead Shrike. Aside from the birdies that were out there, it was simply a beautiful day and a wonderful relief from the brisk weather we’ve been having (and when I say brisk, I of course mean the Californian version 🙂 ). Happy birding! And herping! And everything-elsing!