PREENING

When a bird preens, that means they are using their bill to clean and arrange their feathers. Their wings will be spread out while they draw individual feathers through their beak, realigning and re-interlocking the barb part of the feather. Here is a preening Double-Crested Cormorant.

PLEASING FUNGUS BEETLE

The name Pleasing Fungus Beetle derived as they are generally found where various fungi are present. There are many varieties of them, this one is a Gibbifer Californicus species. I found this one in a higher elevation rock forest area where there were many dead trees and various mushrooms present.