I got up around 7:30 this morning, and after feeding the dog his breakfast, I headed out to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery for a walk. It was bright and sunny there when I got there, about 48°, but it warmed up quickly until I was just in my shirtsleeves.
At the hatchery, the runs were filled with trout and baby salmon, and the top of the fish ladder had several dozen huge Steelhead and Coho Salmon resting in the water. The salmon get pretty banged up on their way back to their spawning waters from the ocean, and one of them looked like all of the skin and meat had been torn off its head some there was nothing but skeleton showing. Wow. Brutal.
I photographed some of the lichen on the rocks and trees, including some black granular-looking lichen I wasn’t able to ID in the field. More research. Fun!
And I even came across a teneral damselfly. It’s way too early for those little guys to be out.
In the river, I saw lots of Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneye ducks swimming in groups and fishing. They found an outlet in the side of the river where some of the sluice comes out of the hatchery. I saw some of them catch tiny fish and gobble them up.
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There were gulls everywhere – but it’s difficult for me to ID them unless I can get some clear photos of them. They’re all white and gray, so, to identify one species from the other, I have to look at their eyes and the color of their legs and feet… There were lots of cormorants out there, too, including a few that have their double-crests in; they look like big hairy eyebrows above each eye.
I walked along the river there for about 2 hours and then drove across the street to the Aquatic Center to see what was over there. No real access to the river that I could see. So, that was a little bit of a waste of time. Then I drove down the highway to the American River Bend Park, and walked around the picnic area for another hour or so before heading back home.
At the park, I saw deer, Wild Turkeys and California Ground Squirrels, and also got some more lichen photos. It was a good outing!
- Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
- Bark Rim Lichen, Lecanora chlarotera [looks like Whitewash Lichen but has apothecia]
- Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii
- Black Grain-Spored Lichen, Sarcogyne hypophaea
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- Brewer’s Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus
- California Ground Squirrel, Otospermophilus beecheyi
- Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
- Coffeeberry, California Buckthorn, Frangula californica
- Coho Salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch
- Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
- Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
- Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
- Common Sunburst Lichen, Xanthoria parietina
- Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis
- Crabseye Lichen, Ochrolechia subpallescens [creamy colored lichen with white-rimmed pale orange/pink apothecia]
- Damselfly, in its “teneral” state; unable to fully identify
- Double-Crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auratus
- Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
- European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
- False Turkey Tail fungus, Stereum complicatum
- Fennel, Sweet Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare
- Fig, Common Fig, Ficus carica
- Gold Dust Lichen, Chrysothrix candelaris
- Golden Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
- Great Blue Heron, Ardea Herodias
- Great Egret, Ardea alba
- Green Shield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperata
- Greylag Goose, Anser anser
- Hairy Vetch, Winter Vetch, Vicia villosa ssp. villosa
- Himalayan Blackberry, Rubus armeniacus
- Hoary Lichen, Hoary Rosette, Physcia aipolia
- Hooded Rosette Lichen, Physcia adscendens
- House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
- House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
- Lesser Goldfinch, Spinus psaltria
- Mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos
- Mesh Web Spider, Dictyna sp.
- Mistletoe, American Mistletoe, Big Leaf Mistletoe, Phoradendron leucarpum
- Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
- Pastel Comma Lichen, Arthonia pruinata
- Pin-cushion Sunburst Lichen, Polycauliona polycarpa
- Pointleaf Manzanita, Arctostaphylos pungens
- Rainbow Trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss
- Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
- Ring-Billed Gull, Larus delawarensis [ black ring, light eye, yellow legs]
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Rock Shield Lichen, Xanthoparmelia conspersa
- Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
- Rusty Tussock Moth, Orgyia antiqua
- Sandbar Willow, Salix exigua var. hindsiana
- Shrubby Sunburst Lichen Polycauliona candelaria
- Steelhead, anadromous form of Oncorhynchus mykiss
- Stem Rust Fungus, Puccinia evadens [attacks Coyote Brush]
- Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
- Western Carpenter Ant, Camponotus modoc
- Western Gull, Larus occidentalis
- White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis