Sights of October 2017

October 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Locally, I did only a little birding.  I gave a talk to a local gardening club on how to turn a garden into a habitat for birds. It seemed to be well received. I also showed some spider photos at the entomological society in honor of Halloween, although I didn't photograph them this month.

My monthly butterfly count had lots of Woodland Skippers and lots of spiders. We saw four tarantulas and many more Banded Orbweavers. There were even crab spiders eating butterflies. The weather was perfect!

I don't always post photos from my monthly bird survey at Los Cerritos Wetlands, but there was a fun encounter between a perturbed American Kestrel and a Red-tailed Hawk. I also saw a Wandering Skipper which is a butterfly associated with our wetlands.

I went with a friend on a brief trip to the local mountains. We found Lewis's Woodpeckers, White-headed Woodpeckers, and three kinds of Nuthatches.

The real highlight of the month was that I once again participated in an Inverebrate Bioblitz at Tejon Ranch with the Conservancy and the Lorquin Entomological Society. As always, a wonderful trip and with great people. We added many new species to the conservancy's list. We ended the trip with a great view of the Pronghorn as we drove out.

Watch the slideshows or click on the links to look through at your own pace.

Enjoy the show! I always appreciate corrections to ID's.

Local stuff: 


Butterfly Count:


Los Cerritos Wetlands Bird Survey:

Chilao Visitor's Center and Campsites:

Tejon Ranch BioBlitz:







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