I headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my normal weekly volunteer trail walking gig.
Again, there wasn’t a while lot to see today, although I did get to see quite a few deer. As I was watching a group of deer – a doe, a fawn, and a spike buck – I can see out of the corner of my eye a Cooper’s Hawk flying low between the trees. It lands on this branch, flies low over the ground, swoops up onto a different branch in a different tree, but it’s always in the shadow so I can’t get a good photo of it. That area must’ve been its general hunting ground.
There was lots of Sulphur Shelf fungus out, including some pretty large handsome structures. I got photos of them.
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And I also came across a couple of different California Ground Squirrels including a very young, small one spoking its head out of its burrow. It ventured out a little bit further while I watched it, but never left the edge of the front door.
I also found the chubby adult ground squirrel who’s blind on one side. I’d seen her before but wasn’t able to get many photos of her. Today, she was a little more cooperative. I notice that she tended to rock and swivel a bit whenever she was standing still (like an owl moving its head to get a better view of what it’s looking at). I think that helps her with depth perception. She’s able to maneuver all right and is obviously well fed… so her blindness isn’t interfering too much with her life. What a strong gal.
The “bee tree” is still full of bees. For some reason that makes me really happy. Lots of life going on in there.
I walked for about 3 hours and then headed home. On my way out, I saw one of my naturalist graduates, Eric, standing near the entrance to the preserve with some other people. I didn’t want to interrupt his conversation, so I kept heading to my car. As I got to it, he came up to me to say “hi” and give me a hug. He’s now a docent at Effie Yeaw and also works with the California Native Plants Society. I’m so happy he’s being able to continue and expand on the use of his naturalist skills.
- Alder Tongue Gall Fungus, Taphrina alni
- Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- Black-Tailed Jackrabbit, Lepus californicus
- Blue Oak, Quercus douglasii
- California Buckeye Chestnut, Aesculus californica
- California Ground Squirrel, Otospermophilus beecheyi
- California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica
- California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
- Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
- Cooper’s Hawk, Acipiter cooperii
- Desert Cottontail Rabbit, Sylvilagus audubonii
- Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
- Feral Honeybees, Apis mellifera
- Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
- Olive Tree, Olea europaea
- Pacific Poison Oak, Toxicodendron diversilobum
- Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Sulphur Shelf Fungus, Western Sulphur Shelf Fungus, Laetiporus gilbertsonii
- Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
- Western Fence Lizard, Blue Belly, Sceloporus occidentalis
- White Alder, Alnus rhombifolia
- White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis