Winter 17 Newsletter
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Birds and Native Plants

Bit O' Biology: Mission blue butterfly

  • More on the butterfly
  • Another local creature that is very specific to one native plant is the pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor), a spectacular large, black butterfly with an iridescent green shimmer. It courses up and down the canyon walls, especially in the spring. Its large purple caterpillar, covered with red fleshy spines, can be found eating California pipevine in the canyon bottom.

Christmas Bird Count Results

Ruby-crowned Kinglet © 2013 Dave McMullen Green Heron © 2012 Dave McMullen Mallards © 2013 Dave McMullen Brown-headed Cowbirds © 2013 Dave McMullen White-crowned Sparrow © 2013 Dave McMullen

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