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Update: On March 11, the valiant BFS Volunteers removed every known Sahara Mustard plant on the BFS. Way to go, Volunteers! The very nasty Sahara Mustard (Brassica tournefortii) has just appeared at the BFS in two small infestations along Foothill Blvd. near the BFS entrance and the near College Avenue. The Sahara Mustard, a native […]

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We have a new species addition to the BFS Bird List — the Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus), which was spotted by Dr. Paul Stapp’s class on September 29. The brilliant yellow head makes identification of this blackbird easy, and its loud, rusty-hinge call is also quite distinctive. Yellow-headed Blackbirds occur throughout the US west of […]

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Dr. Paul Stapp‘s Mammalogy from Cal State Fullerton is trapping rodents at the BFS this week and caught a Western Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis), in their trapping grid in the SW part of the station (near the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden). This species has not been seen at BFS since 1990, so we’re glad […]

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Sora added to BFS Bird List

We have a new addition to the BFS Bird List — the Sora (Porzana carolina). The Sora is a small, secretive bird of freshwater marshes and is most often found in cattails and bulrushes, where it forages for snails, small crustaceans, insects, and seeds. At the BFS it was seen foraging among the cattails between […]

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Tarantula!

Look who was spotted crossing the main east-west road yesterday evening! This new addition to our invert list is a male fall-breeding California native tarantula, Aphonopelma eutylenum – the California Ebony Tarantula. It is more accurately called Aphonopelma “eutylenum type” as this species has been described by several different validly published names. In the fall, […]

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During her regular monthly BFS bird survey on July 4, Prof. Cathy McFadden spotted a new addition to the BFS Bird List – three Eurasian Collared-Doves, Streptopelia decaocto, flying over the HMC property, possibly coming out of the old toad pool area. Originally native to India, Eurasian Collared-Doves spread into Turkey and the Balkans in […]

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Aww, aren’t they coot?

Whether or not you think they’re ‘cute’, they’re definitely ‘coot’! While sampling at pHake Lake, my students and I spotted two sets of American Coot (Fulica americana) chicks. Here are some photos: According to “All About Birds“, the downy young with their bald red heads are alert and ready to leave the nest within 6 […]

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Three new insect families

Some recent insect photography expeditions have turned up a number of new additions for our BFS Invert List. We have yet to sort through all our photos, but we have so far turned up representatives of three new insect families – Stratiomyidae (Soldier Flies), Chrysopidae (Green Lacewings), and Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles). Soldier Flies (Stratiomyidae) […]

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We have nine new additions to the BFS invert list: Dactylopius sp. (Cochineal) Our first addition is an insect that any casual observer might notice at the BFS, but it had somehow been overlooked in our list making – Cochineal (Dactylopius sp.) – that white cottony stuff on Opuntia sp. cacti (Prickly-Pear or Indian-Fig): Dactylopius […]

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Two new tiny inverts

We’ve added two new tiny cuties (at least we think they’re cute!) to our BFS Invert List. Harsi Parker and I spotted these at the BFS on January 16. (To be truthful, Harsi did all the spotting, photographing, and identifying. I held things for photographs.) We found the first in a Coast Live Oak along […]

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