Crossing the fire road; sluggish and moving as if it had recently eaten.
Simono, I.Katten, V.Smith, ME.Hannibal, N.Morganstein
nest of marsh wren; woven basket in cattails; approx. 4 inches deep and 3 inches wide at opening.
female with food - not sure what: grasshopper or mantis
succulent-like leaves; likely some sort of tarweed or madia species
non-sticky plant in coastal oak savannah habitat;
gall insect on willow leaf
It appears that there are two insects here - the gall-producing insect on a willow leaf and a secondary thing - a leaf-hopper maybe, with its larvae. the adult is visible at the lower right of the main cluster. That insect is the subject of this observation.
heavily infested with some sort of gall insect
I discovered a mass of yellow jackets devouring the corpse of a bird - possibly a fledgling red-winged blackbird, many of which were in tree over this spot.