Plantlife at the Cosumnes Preserve

I got up about 6:30 this morning and headed over to my community garden plot in Woodland. To water my plants there, and to plant a handful of tiny tomato plants.  Things are still starting to sprout up here and there, but the plot still looks kind of “barren”.  It will flesh out by the summer I think.  Next year I want to get raised beds and use store-bought dirt for the plants.  The clay in the garden it just too dense for little seeds to germinate in… and it makes hoeing and raking very difficult…

Anyway, I spent about an hour at the garden and then went over to the Cosumnes River Preserve for another hour or so.  There wasn’t a lot going on but I did get to see my first Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii).  There was a male flying back and forth across the road… and sadly, a dead one on the side of the road which I assumed had been hit by a car.  I also got photos of some plant life: Pacific Bent Grass (Agrostis avenacea), Variable Flatsedge (Cyperus difformis), Oregon Ash tree (Fraxinus latifolia), Floating Water Primrose (Ludwigia peploides ssp. peploides), Rabbit’s foot grass (Polypogon monspeliensis), Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus) and Smooth Amaranth/Pigweed (Amaranthus quitensis).  I can add those to my nature journal.  I also watched a Great Egret (Ardea alba) catch and eat a large crayfish, and got some shots of a Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).

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The rest of the day was spent reading for my Naturalist class and putting more stuff my nature journal together.