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Obscured Identification Log

Below is a user-friendly, interactive, searchable table to assist you in reviewing a list of obscured wildlife sightings and observations in the San Gabriel Foothills, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, Orange County, Inland Empire and other locations in Southern California. This is a list of wildlife sightings and observations where the identification has not been confirmed due to viewing limitations or rarity.

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A Note About The Entries Found On This Page

The purpose for this page is to attempt to get a consensus from others, who may have had the opportunity to make a more accurate observation of the species in question, to help corroborate the species identification.

Candidates for the Obscured Identification Log are:

  • A very rare species, or a species not normally found in the area.
  • A species that was partially identified due to an obstructed view, poor viewing angle or was viewed at a glance.
  • A species that is very difficult to distinguish from a similar species.
  • A species that can have a lot of variation in appearance, such as size, patterns or color.
  • Unknown species.

For more extensive help on using the table as a search tool, visit the "Sightings and Observations" page.


Quick-Search Table For The Obscured Identification Log

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DateNameGroupLocationField Notes
2012-06-01 Mourning Warbler Bird Marshall Canyon
2012-05-28 Sagebrush Checkerspot Butterfly Big Dalton Canyon Tiny variety. E of Mystic Cyn.
2012-06-16 Aholibah Underwing Moth Colby Canyon Several.
2012-06-18 Savannah Sparrow Bird Upper Newport Bay Several amongst succulents.
2012-07-02 Luciana Underwing Moth Colby Canyon
2012-07-09 Sulpher-Bellied Flycatcher Bird Chino Hills St Park Thanks Penny and Grace!
2012-09-02 Brewer's Sparrow Bird Big Dalton Canyon
2012-09-04 House Finch Bird Horsethief Cyn Park Albino!(?)
2012-09-21 Brewer's Sparrow Bird Big Dalton Canyon
2012-10-30 California Broomsage Shrub Johnson's Pasture Odd location.
2013-02-17 Greater Scaup Water Bird San Gabriel River
2013-03-09 Canyon Towhee Bird Big Dalton Canyon Near water tunnels.
2013-03-25 Carpenter Bee Bee Pomello Canyon Gold male.
2013-04-18 Baby Blue Eyes Flower Big Dalton Canyon Blooms along road.
2013-04-29 Rufous-Winged Sparrow Bird Pomello Canyon
2013-05-21 Pine Warbler Bird LA Co Arboretum
2013-09-13 Delaware Skipper Skipper Sandburg MS Park
2013-11-24 Purple Aster Flower Johnson's Pasture Tiny purple blooms.
2014-01-11 Merlin Prey Bird Big Dalton Canyon
2014-02-20 Tennessee Warbler Bird Glendora (north)
2014-03-10 Frog Amphibian San Jacinto Wildlife Species unknown. Large.
2014-03-24 Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Water Bird San Jacinto Wildlife
2014-06-02 Pigmy Blue Butterfly Brea
2014-09-18 Desert Checkered Skipper Skipper Chino Hills St Park
2014-09-09 Dogfish Shark Newport Upper Bay
2014-09-09 Angel Shark Shark Newport Upper Bay

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