A major restoration was completed at DeForest Park, the area they now call Deforest Wetlands runs along the river from Deforest Park to Del Amo, connecting with the Dominguez Gap. I can't wait to explore more. While many non-native/invasive species live here (Scaly-breasted Munia, Pin-tailed Whydah, African Clawed Frog), there were also many native butterflies and dragonflies. I look forward to seeing how it develops over time. I have also spent some time along the LA River. Young Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Killdeer, and Barn Swallows were all over the place. I photographed a number of insects locally. Some interesting moths were attracted to my porch light.
On my monthly butterfly count, it continued to be very dry, but at least it wasn't too hot, and we had a nice breeze. All the groups had high counts of Wood Nymphs. This year had the highest counts we've ever seen. There were also our Common Ringlets. The other teams had more diversity than we did - not that we are competitive.
I had the opportunity to go with friends to Buckhorn Campground and the Chilao Visitor Center in the San Gabriel Mountains. It was a bit buggy, but not in the good way. Despite mosquitoes an flies, or perhaps because of them, I enjoyed the mountain birds.
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Local stuff: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/new_jul_2018
Irvine Ranch butterfly survey: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/irc_jul_2018
Buckhorn and Chilao: http://kimssight.zenfolio.com/buckhorn_jul_2018