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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Snow in the Carmel Mountains

After a beautiful January that lead to amazing, taunting sidewalk graffiti things have turned here in Northern California.  It is rainy and stormy and three weekends ago we got some major snow on Hwy 17 going over the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The following weekend we got more snow on Loma Prieta that we could see from our Santa Cruz location and in Carmel Valley. So these pictures are ancient in blog years but I thought I would still share them.

Camera Trapping Campus met up for a feast in Carmel that included sauteed rainbow chard, home made Mac and Cheese with smoked beer sausages from El Salchichero, some BBQ beans, cheese and crackers and beer.

The next morning we headed to the Carmel River for some quick wildlife watching between storms before Christian headed down to LA.

Looking over at Pt. Lobos

Snow on the Mountains


Anna's Hummingbird

On the way back to Santa Cruz I ran into this guy near Elkhorn Slough.

Edited: Buteo lineatus. Juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk


  1. If anyone has thoughts on the hawk ID please feel free to chime in.

  2. that is an accipiter
    I would say Cooper's due to the head shape

  3. Yeah looking at it again you are absolutely right that it is an accipiter. Thanks

  4. And we were wrong. Juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk