Santa Ana NWR Christmas Bird Count
- Red Admiral #13 - butterflies put on more of a show than the birds during most of the day
- Mexican Bluewing #6 - this Mexican Bluewing practically glows in the late afternoon sun...
- Mexican Bluewing #8 - ...but it can "hide in plain sight" by simply closing its wings!
- Laviana White-Skipper #12 - this was the most common butterfly throughout the day...
- Variegated Meadowhawk #5 - ...while these dragonflies seemed to be everywhere
- Walking Stick #3 - another "hide in plain sight" insect, this Walking Stick was spotted at eye level along the trail
- Braconid Wasp Cocoon #1 - this tuft of cotton puzzled us...a little research revealed that it is a mass of cocoons of a species of Braconid Wasp which parasitize caterpillars...note the dead "Hornworm" type caterpillar hanging beside the cocoon
- Harris's Hawk #16 - late in the day we came upon this Harris's Hawk hunting something along the irrigation canal
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