A Quick Walk with Nate, 12-14-19

I got up around 7:30 this morning and by 8:15 was out the door headed to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve.  My former co-worker Nate Lillge was leading a hike there for Tuleyome.  It was 46ºF when I arrived, and Nate was already there, in the parking lot, waiting for his hikers: Alice and Amy.  It was a perfect day for walking, though, mostly sunny skies and temperatures that got up to about 57ºF before we left.

Nate Lillge showing the ladies a video of a Horsehair Worm he’d found a while back on another hike.

Start Time: 8:30 am
Start Temperature: 46ºF
End Temperature: 57º F
Weather: Mostly sunny
Total Hours in the field (includes travel time): 3.5 hours
Kilometers Walked: 3.75
Number of Individual Species Noted Today: 54

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Nate walks a lot faster than I do, so I was lagging behind a lot, and there were several times when he just stopped and waited for me to catch up.  Each time, I brought up something with me, like a twig with lichen on it, or different kinds of fungi, or an example of Sudden Oak Death on a tree we passed.  Because we were moving so quickly, I didn’t get anywhere near as many photos as I normally would on a walk there but the exercise was good.

Mazegill Fungus, Daedalea quercina, with other Mazegills growing throughout its surface

We got to see several deer, including one of the big bucks (a four-pointer), but mostly we saw and heard a variety of birds: Spotted Towhees, Golden-Crowned Sparrows, Black Phoebes, Turkey Vultures, Wild Turkeys, Northern Flickers, Canada Geese (flying overhead), Lesser Goldfinches, a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Nutthall’s Woodpeckers, Acorn Woodpeckers, Red-Shouldered Hawks… the usual suspects.           

Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, 4-point buck.

We walked for about 2 ½ hours and then headed back to our respective homes.  It was really nice to see Nate again; I’ve been missing him and Bill. 

Species List:

  • Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  • Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
  • Barometer Earthstar fungus, Astraeus hygrometricus
  • Black Jelly Roll fungus, Exidia glandulosa
  • Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
  • Blue Elderberry, Sambucus nigra cerulea
  • Brown Jelly Fungus, Jelly Leaf, Tremella foliacea
  • Bryum Moss, Bryum capillare
  • California Ground Squirrel, Otospermophilus beecheyi
  • California Mugwort, Artemisia douglasiana
  • Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
  • Chinese Pistache Tree, Pistacia chinensis
  • Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
  • Common Duckweed, Lemna minor
  • Common Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus
  • Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis
  • Coyote, Canis latrans [dashed by]
  • Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
  • European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
  • False Turkey Tail fungus, Stereum hirsutum
  • False Turkey Tail fungus, Stereum ostrea
  • Flax-Leaf Horseweed, Erigeron canadensis
  • Golden Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
  • Green Shield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperata
  • Horsehair Mushroom, Gymnopus androsaceus
  • Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
  • Lace Lichen, Ramalina menziesii
  • Lesser Goldfinch, Spinus psaltria
  • Mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos
  • Mazegill Fungus, Daedalea quercina
  • Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
  • Mower’s Mushroom, Haymaker Mushroom, Panaeolus foenisecii
  • Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii
  • Oak Apple Gall Wasp, Andricus quercuscalifornicus
  • Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  • Oakmoss Lichen, Evernia prunastri
  • Pleated Ink Cap, Parasol Ink Cap, Parasola plicatilis
  • Puffball Fungus, Bovista californica 
  • Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  • Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
  • Russet Toughshank, the “Weed Mushroom”, Gymnopus dryophilus
  • Saw-Whet Owl, Sophia, Aegolius acadicus
  • Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
  • Sudden Oak Death pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum
  • Swainson’s Hawk, Buteo swainsoni
  • Tule, Common Tule, Schoenoplectus acutus
  • Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
  • Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
  • Water Fern, Azolla filiculoides
  • Western Redbud, Cercis occidentalis
  • White Finger Slime Mold, Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa
  • White Horehound, Marrubium vulgare