Our visit with our Vintage Trailer Park Friends - June
Them and vintage trailer
Them (black-and-white photo hand colored)
Schenk and Schenklings: Irregular age-pyramid
Mammals, though endotherm, need to thermo-regulate especially after prolonged periods in water (remember the large heat conductivity of water!). Basking behavior is common among all water-going mammals (photo on the right from April 2011, Piedras Blancas elephant seal haulout).
And yes, these photos will end up in my lectures someday.
Advanced (or elevated?) Birding: Toviel and Eliam are the founders of a novel birding technique that relies on two simple principles: (a) one needs binoculars to see birds closer (b) one needs to get off the ground to get closer to high-flying birds.
Some results below:
Steller's Jay Band-tailed Pigeon
Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis): not fencing at the moment
Top: Lesser Goldfinch (sorry Jochen), Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon form)
Middle: Northern Flicker (red-shafted), Acorn Woodpecker (Woody Woodpecker)
Bottom: Oak Titmouse, Black-headed Grosbeak (lousy photo)
Calochortus nutallii (white mariposa lily) in burned areas above the park
Unidentified marine creature: cephalopod?
Julian, California, US of A: how American can you get, bad-ass bikers and apple pie?
On the way to them: Pala Mission
"The San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, or the "Pala Mission", was founded on June 13, 1816 as an asistencia ("sub-mission") to Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, some twenty miles inland upstream from the mission on the San Luis Rey River. It was part of the Spanish missions, asistencias, and estancias system in Las Californias—Alta California. Today it is located in the Pala Indian Reservation located in northern San Diego County, with official name is now Mission San Antonio de Pala. It is the only historic mission facility still serving a Mission Indian tribe"
The sub-mission garden
A bunch of Heerman's Gull eggs in the museum
(I found that important)
Lovely, captive African Collared Doves: with non-native Eurasian Collared Doves flying around outside one can expect to get hybrids one day (and in fact some of the now spreading "Eurasian" Collared Doves might have some mixed genes).