Start Time: 7:00 am
Start Temperature: 36ºF
End Temperature: 51º F
Weather: Overcast; rain pending; some ground fog
Total Hours in the field (includes travel time): 3.25 hours
Miles Walked: 2.5
Number of Individual Species Today: 20
It was a very chilly 36º this morning when I headed out to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for my regular volunteer trail walking gig. I was ahead of the rain for my entire walk, but the heavier rain clouds were starting to move in just as I left.
I love this time of year for several reasons, and one is because the “big boys” are out in nature right now in their full regalia… and some of the yearlings are just starting to get their “nubs.” Because the adult bucks are in rut right now, too, they’re all walking around in their manly-man scent. You can smell them before you see them: that animal hide and musk scent. I love it.
I also saw quite a few does and some fawns, including some young boys who were just starting to get their nubs or were in their first-year spikes, but still hanging out with mom and their siblings. Among the big bucks, I didn’t see the 5-pointer today, but I did see two handsome 4-pointers.
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And the deer dominated the day for photo-taking. There wasn’t much else showing itself, and I didn’t see any bees in or around the “bee tree” (probably because it was still so cold, and “winter is coming”.) I walked for about 2½ hours and then headed out.
- Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- Blue Oak, Quercus douglasii
- California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
- California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
- Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
- Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis
- Coyote, Canis latrans [tracks and scat]
- Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
- Golden Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
- Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
- Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
- Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
- Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii [heard]
- Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
- Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
- Western Fence Lizard, Blue Belly, Sceloporus occidentalis [tracks]
- White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis [heard]