The idea of a yard list was such a foreign concept and I never thought that I would be able observe so many species from the comfort of a back porch and yet here I am. It adds to that strange feeling like I am actual adult... Terrifying!
With this new territory to examine, experiment with and observe throughout the changing of the seasons, the clamor of the cities -- despite all of their draws -- are not missed.
Birds & herps are the most common fauna and right off the bat, slender salamanders have been under nearly every flipped rock.
|this February '16 slender was about half the size of a dime|
The most exciting herp thus far has been a juvenile Arboreal Salamander:
|making use of prehensile tail|
|climbing the great succulent pot|
|a look at the underside reveals organs and glands|
Camera trapping stories to follow...