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JessNikolai

JessNikolai

Graduate of the Exotic Animal Training and Management program, work with animals, majoring in Wildlife at Humboldt State University.

Arcata, CALat: 40.87, Long: -124.08

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JessNikolai Black-tailed deer
Black-tailed deer commented on by JessNikolai L.A., California, USA5 years ago

Hey there! Great photos, but the species of mule deer in this part of Southern CA is actually the CA mule deer (not black-tailed).

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/images/...

JessNikolai Greylag/Canada Goose Hybrid
Greylag/Canada Goose Hybrid commented on by JessNikolai Redding, California, USA5 years ago

Ahh, interesting! Thank you Jellis!

JessNikolai Roosevelt Elk
Roosevelt Elk commented on by JessNikolai California, USA6 years ago

No worries, Malcolm! Your bird spottings are fantastic! :)

JessNikolai Roosevelt Elk
Roosevelt Elk commented on by JessNikolai California, USA6 years ago

To clarify:

Deer is NOT a family name for all ruminants. Ruminants include cattle, goats, sheep, giraffes, bison, moose, elk, yaks, water buffalo, deer, camels, alpacas, llamas, antelope, pronghorn, and nilgai.

"Deer" (that you're referring to) and elk are in the family Cervidae, which is the actual deer family (so an elk IS a deer, and is actually the second largest with moose being the first). Therefore, elk are much larger than, say, a mule deer. Elk males have a shaggy 'throat sack' and branching antlers, and mule deer and White-tailed deer are smaller heads with shorter, more rounded faces and smaller, more forward-pointing antlers.

Here is a link for more information on Cervids: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer

JessNikolai Western Fence Lizard
Western Fence Lizard commented on by JessNikolai Los Angeles, California, USA6 years ago

He did! I checked out your unidentified lizard; not familiar with that one, but it definitely isn't a Western fence lizard. :)

JessNikolai Bullock's Oriole
Bullock's Oriole commented on by JessNikolai Santa Clarita, California, USA6 years ago

Hi Birdlady-

No cottonwood trees that I could see! This photo was actually taken in an oak woodland near a riparian woodland in Southern California- mostly Quercus agrifolia and Platanus racemosa!

JessNikolai Swainson's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk commented on by JessNikolai Los Angeles, California, USA6 years ago

Definitely not a Mourning Dove...

JessNikolai Long-tailed Weasel
Long-tailed Weasel commented on by JessNikolai Ventura, California, USA7 years ago

Yes he was! Definitely wasn't going to hurt this helpful critter. ;)

JessNikolai Scrub Jay
Scrub Jay commented on by JessNikolai Arizona, USA7 years ago

Interesting, thanks for the information!

JessNikolai Scrub Jay
Scrub Jay commented on by JessNikolai Arizona, USA7 years ago

Is it a scrub jay? It just looks different to me.