Jumping Lichen Spider?

Over the past couple of weeks I have been seeing a curious-looking spider hanging horizontally and upside-down, paralleling a branch and suspended along a single line of silk. This posture was exclusively nocturnal and suggested the spider was hoping to attract insects that rest upon silken threads. With legs flexed , the overfall appearance (under […]

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Western Scrub-Jays Bring Their Young to the Pond

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) photo by Larry Jordan TheWestern Scrub-Jay(Aphelocoma californica) is a non-migratory bird belonging to the more than 120 species of Corvids, considered the mostintelligent of all birds. Click on photos for full sized images. They inhabit scrub and dry woodlands of predominately oak and piñion pine but also suburban habitats in western […]

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