Sara Orangetip

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Orange-winged white butterfly
Sara Orangetip, Anthocharis sara
Santiago Oaks Regional Park, 2008-03-02

I think this is my first new butterfly since I moved to California.

Acron Woodpecker

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Clown faced woodpecker perched on tree
Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Orange County, California, 2008-03-02

Western Fence Lizard

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Grey lizard on wall
Western Fence Lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis
Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Orange County, California, 2008-03-02

These things make the Green Anoles I grew up with look like Disney characters.

What Kind of Duck Climbs a Tree?

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

A Wood Duck, of course. On a trip with the Sea & Sage Audubon Society this morning at Santiago Oaks Regional Park, we found this pair apparently scouting out possible nesting sites:

Male and female Wood Ducks in a Eucalyptus tree

They were being mobbed by Acorn Woodpeckers, but didn’t seem to mind too much. About half a dozen European Starlings were also present and scouting some of the same holes. I hope they lose the competition for the space.

Harlequin Bugs

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Black and orange true bugs mating
Harlequin Bugs, Murgantia histrionica
San Joaquin Wildlife refuge, Irvine, CA, 2007-02-18

Despite the warm weather, there aren’t a lot of macroscopic insects out here in southern California just yet. These are the first really interesting ones we’ve found.