2017 May 28--Serpentine Site in Upper Quines Creek

Two years ago, 2015, I saw this rather rocky, barren spot on Google Earth and decided to go take a look. In late March and late May of that year, I visited the site with Jimmy Billstine, looking for birds of interest. On the May trip we were successful in locating Poorwills, one of our target species. No other specialty birds were found, but it was clearly an interesting site and worth additional visits. On the first trip we accessed the site via the Quines Creek drainage, and the second trip via the Starvout Creek Drainage. The last leg of either route is not recommended for low-clearance vehicles, though you can get closer with a passenger vehicle by going up Starvout Creek. The east side of this serpentine site is on BLM land, while the west side is private industrial forest land.

On May 28 this year I went alone to look for Sagebrush Lizards! I am uncertain at this time if there are historical records for the species in Douglas County or the Umpqua Basin, as some published range maps show different boundaries (some crossing Douglas County, some not), but based on their habitat preferences and range, I figured that if Sagebrush Lizards did occur in southern Douglas County, this site would have a high likelihood of having them. I also figured I would enjoy some interesting flowers at this unusually large, open serpentine site.

The site has abundant exposed serpentine rock and very little soil. Dominant trees include Jeffrey Pine and Incense Cedar. Buckbrush, Canyon Live Oak, and Dwarf Silktassel are present, and numerous rocky site plants; otherwise, in this 6-hour visit I did not find any rare plants (that I know of). I was surprised to find a half-dozen Monadenia species snails (probably M. fidelis). Click on the landscape photos below to get a 360 degree look at the site.

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As for the lizards, they were nowhere to be found in the early morning, but by about 10:00 and 75-80 F degrees, small Sceloporus sp. were scurrying this way and that to hide in the brush as I approached. These remained unidentified. However, all of the small and large lizards I adequately observed and/or photographed were Western Fence Lizards (see the many photos). While I can't say there aren't any Sagebrush Lizards here, the abundance of Western Fence Lizards lowers my expectations and hopes of finding a Sagebrush Lizard here. But if they are not here, I wonder if they are anywhere in southern Douglas County? After all, I thought I picked the best looking spot! Well, who knows? I'll have to try a couple other locations, and I've got a couple in mind....

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Here is a bird list for the visit (some birds in the list were heard from the open serpentine area, but were in the nearby forest), and see below for documentation of some of the life I observed (click for more info and additional photos).

Publicado por umpquamatt umpquamatt, 02 de junio de 2017

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Oreja de Ratón (Cerastium arvense)

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Mayo 28, 2017 06:56 AM PDT

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Ranúnculos (Género Ranunculus)

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Mayo 28, 2017 06:55 AM PDT

Descripción

Serpentine site at 4200 ft elevation.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 06:57 AM PDT

Descripción

Mostly less than 50 cm tall here.

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Mayo 28, 2017 06:58 AM PDT

Descripción

I was wondering if this might be something more exotic on this serpentine soil, but it looks like hookeri.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 06:59 AM PDT

Descripción

On serpentine site at 4200 ft.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 06:59 AM PDT

Descripción

This set not quite open. See others from same day and area.

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Ratón Norteamericano (Peromyscus maniculatus)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 07:00 AM PDT

Descripción

Only other in this genus is P. truei, which has longer tail and ears. These look pretty standard size. Mouse was under rock w/a small amount (1/4 cup) of grassy insulation.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:01 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Fairly widespread, scattered, at the site.

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:04 AM PDT

Descripción

Fairly common over much of the site, but not dense as in nearby more grassy meadow adjacent to forest.

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Encino (Quercus chrysolepis)

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:08 AM PDT

Descripción

Shrub growth form on 4200 ft serpentine site. Scattered here and there.

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:10 AM PDT

Descripción

Common.

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:11 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:14 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:20 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:21 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Under rock (see other observations, all under wood at this site). I hesitated just putting this in M. fidelis because I wondered about M. chaceana, and it didn't seem to fit any M. fidelis ssp perfectly (in Burke's book). Input appreciated.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 07:32 AM PDT

Descripción

I thought I might find a different Calochortus on this 4200 ft elevation serpentine site, but this just looks like tolmiei.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:42 AM PDT

Descripción

I'm less than certain about this. Input desired.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:35 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:38 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. I wondered if something more unusual might show up here, but these look like tolmiei.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 07:50 AM PDT

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 07:52 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 08:12 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 08:14 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 08:15 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 08:21 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 08:45 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Siemprevivas (Género Sedum)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:04 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. No flowers yet. Perhaps S. oregonense or S. obtusatum?

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Pino Negro (Pinus jeffreyi)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:23 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 09:25 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 09:26 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Cedro Colorado (Calocedrus decurrens)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:27 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:33 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Closeups of one individual. There were three more under log.

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Siemprevivas (Género Sedum)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:47 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:47 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 09:48 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 09:48 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

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Mayo 28, 2017 09:50 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Only one I saw here. Quite common in Starvout Creek drainage.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:50 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Leaves on this individual more toothed and pointy than my previous example, but I don't find another option.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:51 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Seems too densely hairy under leaves for the more common G. fremontii.

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Lagartijas Espinosas (Género Sceloporus)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:00 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Habitat shot where small lizard was, on top of largest rock. Camera focusing malfunctioned, so only got a couple decent photos. Time on Canon camera about an hour earlier than cell phone.

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Mahonia (Berberis aquifolium)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:06 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. I considered if this might be something different because it was small and on serpentine, but seems like just B. a.?

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:07 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:12 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. As with many things today, I had hoped/wondered if I might find something different on this site, but this keys out to E. oregonum. Beatiful nonetheless.

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Hormigas Carpinteras (Género Camponotus)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:13 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:23 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. In/under rotted log.

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Bejori de Cerca Occidental (Sceloporus occidentalis)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:53 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Eslizón Occidental (Plestiodon skiltonianus)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:03 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. 62/142 mm.

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Eslizón Occidental (Plestiodon skiltonianus)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:07 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. 35/80 mm.

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Bejori de Cerca Occidental (Sceloporus occidentalis)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:12 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Bejori de Cerca Occidental (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:37 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Photographed with Canon camera, then captured. 58/140 mm. Note that my Canon camera was set an hour earlier than my cell phone.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:43 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Margaritas, Achicorias, Cardos Y Parientes (Familia Asteraceae)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:43 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:45 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:53 AM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:00 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:02 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Pino Negro (Pinus jeffreyi)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:16 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:21 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Milenrama Eurasiática (Achillea millefolium)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:23 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:26 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

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Termitas (Epifamilia Termitoidae)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:29 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Under bark piece.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:30 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:36 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site. Phlox in more grassy area between rocky area and forest.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:46 PM PDT

Descripción

4200 ft serpentine site.

Fotos / Sonidos

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:45 PM PDT

Descripción

Nectaring on Collinsia linearis. What are those three little yellow things on its back? Mites?

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Pino Real Americano (Pinus ponderosa)

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umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 12:41 PM PDT

Descripción

One photo of cone next to P. jeffreyi. I suspect this tree was planted after timber harvest.

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Bejori de Cerca Occidental (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 09:09 AM PDT

Descripción

Small fence lizard on log inside Ceanothus cuneatus. Updated time from photo; set ahead one hour because my Canon was recording time an our earlier than my cell phone.

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Bejori de Cerca Occidental (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:33 AM PDT

Descripción

Wish I could have caught this one for closer examination. It appears to have lots of blue and some black on its belly (like a male S.o.), but only a small amount of blue on the throat (like a female S.o.), and only on the sides, like an Eastern Fence Lizard. This is definitely a paler variety than a couple of the obvious males that were very dark and blue underneath. I adjusted the time on here (put ahead one hour) because my Canon had time set back 1 hr from my cell phone.

Fotos / Sonidos

No hay fotos o sonidos

Qué

Lagartijas Espinosas (Género Sceloporus)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:10 AM MST

Descripción

Small Sceloporus ran into bushes. No photo.

Fotos / Sonidos

No hay fotos o sonidos

Qué

Lagartijas Espinosas (Género Sceloporus)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:15 AM MST

Descripción

Small Sceloporus ran into bushes. No photo. Did a 360 site photo.

Fotos / Sonidos

No hay fotos o sonidos

Qué

Lagartijas Espinosas (Género Sceloporus)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:28 AM MST

Descripción

Small Sceloporus ran into bushes. No photo.

Fotos / Sonidos

No hay fotos o sonidos

Qué

Lagartijas Espinosas (Género Sceloporus)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:25 AM MST

Descripción

Small Sceloporus observed, not captures or photographed.

Fotos / Sonidos

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Bejori de Cerca Occidental (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 10:45 AM PDT

Descripción

Photo'd with Canon only, which had time set 1 hr earlier than cell phone (so adjusted ahead one hour in this report).

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Zopilote Aura (Cathartes aura)

Observ.

umpquamatt

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2017 11:12 AM PDT

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