58/250 update and a trip to San Mateo County

Since last posting about my progress on the 58/250 Project, I've made some significant headway with several of the coastal counties. I completed Santa Cruz County with a fantastic mix of the common (Pacific Poison Oak), rare (Common Cuckoo), native (Dolloff Cave Spider), and introduced (Western Mosquito Fish), and it currently stands at 271 species!

I also spent several days in San Diego at the end of May, with a few night drives in the Anza Borrego Desert. There, we recorded five different species of snake along numerous other reptiles, insects, mammals. Currently I'm at 215 species for San Diego, and with a newly purchased underwater point-and-shoot camera (thanks for the suggestions @anudibranchmom ! ) I should break 250 within six months with trips to La Jolla Cove, Mt. Palomar, and Mission Trails.

My next "target" county is San Mateo, currently at 68 species on my list. A beautiful county than makes up much of the San Francisco Peninsula, it includes long stretches of both then rural Pacific coast and the more developed San Francisco Bay shoreline. These are divided by the mid-peninsular range with stretches of Long Ridge running at over 2,500 ft in elevation. On Friday, August 2nd, I spent a few hours at Ano Nuevo State Park in search of the rare San Francisco Garter Snake. The weather was beautiful, the crowds sparse, and the Northern Elephant Seals were bellowing. Despite dipping out on the sought after garter snake, two other species of snake were found. Additionally, three inaturalist lifers were picked up, including a diminutive shore-loving beetle, Akephorus marinus, that is new to Inaturalist's San Mateo County list.

After visiting Ano Nuevo, I did a quick stop at Pigeon Point Lighthouse where calling Pigeon Pigeon Guillemots were seen visiting their nest sites along the cliffs.

Anotado por rjadams55 rjadams55, domingo, 11 de agosto de 2019 a las 05:44 PM

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:10 AM PDT

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Chara Californiana Aphelocoma californica

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:12 AM PDT

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Recent fledgling. This individual was one of two California Scrub-Jays seen at Ano Nuevo State Park this day.

A complete checklist of birds seen can be found here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58762165

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:12 AM PDT

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This individual was ID'd to subspecies based on its dusky crown stripes, brown back, yellow bill, and it's interactions with a begging, recently fledged juvenile nearby.

This individual was one of three Nuttall's White-crowned Sparrows seen at Ano Nuevo State Park this day.

A complete checklist of birds seen can be found here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58762165

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Doradilla Diabrotica undecimpunctata

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:18 AM PDT

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These beetles were extremely abundant with a vast majority of the bindweed or asteracid flowers present hosting at least one individual.

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Abejorros Subgénero Pyrobombus

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:18 AM PDT

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:18 AM PDT

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:32 AM PDT

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Large clusters of these flies were assembled on the washed up piles of kelp. Based on the variations in body size, I suspect there may be at least two different species present.

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Gaviota Plomiza Larus heermanni

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2019

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These are a few of the 14 Heermann's Gulls seen this day at Ano Nuevo State Park.

A complete checklist of birds seen can be found here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58762165

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Gaviota Californiana Larus californicus

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:36 AM PDT

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This California Gull was part of a mixed gull flock seen at Ano Nuevo State Park this day.

A complete checklist of birds seen can be found here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58762165

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Gaviota Occidental Larus occidentalis

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:36 AM PDT

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This Western Gull was part of a mixed gull flock seen at Ano Nuevo State Park this day.

A complete checklist of birds seen can be found here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58762165

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:40 AM PDT

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This tiny beetle was found running on the sand at Cove Beach, Ano Nuevo SP.

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Zarapito Trinador Numenius phaeopus

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:40 AM PDT

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Two Whimbrels with a Marbled Godwit in the background.

These are just a few of the 19 Whimbrels seen feeding along the shore at Cove Beach in Ano Nuevo SP.

A complete checklist of birds seen can be found here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58762165

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Picopando Canelo Limosa fedoa

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:40 AM PDT

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This was the sole Marbled Godwit seen at Ano Nuevo this day.

A complete checklist of birds seen can be found here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58762165

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:40 AM PDT

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Several dozen of these rove beetles were found under small piles of washed up kelp.

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 09:59 AM PDT

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Jilguerito Canario Spinus tristis

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:06 AM PDT

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:47 AM PDT

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:06 AM PDT

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:10 AM PDT

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:18 AM PDT

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:21 AM PDT

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Bejori de Cerca Occidental Sceloporus occidentalis

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:21 AM PDT

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:36 AM PDT

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:55 AM PDT

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:55 AM PDT

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 10:55 AM PDT

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I worked to identify this individual using Bohart & Horning's 1971 revision of the Bembicine sand wasps. While I struggled with the key, this individual does illustrate the distinctive "sinuate first intersubmarginal vein of forewing" described for B. americana comata. That said, the shape of the clypeus seems particularly broad and square-edged.

They were extremely common in the dunes at Ano Nuevo.

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 11:22 AM PDT

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I was only able to photograph the underwing of this butterfly. It is either a Lupine Blue (I. lupinus) or an Acmon Blue (I. acmon),

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Vanesa Pintada Vanessa cardui

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 11:24 AM PDT

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Saltapared Cola Larga Thryomanes bewickii

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rjadams55

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Agosto 2, 2019 11:28 AM PDT

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This recent fledgling was one of three Bewick's Wrens found at Ano Nuevo this day. A complete checklist of birds seen can be found here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58762165

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